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The Baker Suite
Art-folk, French Cafe, seductive-country, gypsy-romantica . . . all terms which have been used to describe uniquely poetic Adelaide band The Baker Suite. Yet all fail to capture what audiences across Australia and Europe already know: this is a remarkable and refreshingly Australian musical experience.

Storytelling is at the heart of The Baker Suite, using elements of folk, jazz and acoustic pop built around a warm combination of acoustic guitar and piano accordion in a rich offering of songs that explore life, love and a special relationship with nature.

The core of the Baker Suite is John Baker (guitar, vocals) and Gayle Buckby (accordion, vocals). Their motivation to collaborate sees them performing and recording with numerous musicians, most regularly John Aue (double bass), Enrico Mick Morena (drums) and Belinda Gehlert (violin).  

The Baker Suite tours regularly across Australia and internationally to Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Japan and New Zealand. Festival appearances include the Bohemia Jazz Festival (CZ), Okayama Cultural Festival (JP), Nelson Arts Festival (NZ), International Guitar Festival (AU), Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Lorch Am Rhein Cultural Festival (DE), and The National Folk Festival, Canberra. The Baker Suite has opened for Elton John, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter, Vika and Linda Bull, The Audreys, Francoiz Breut (Fr) and Mary Gauthier (USA). They will be performing at WOMADelaide in 2014.
Since forming in 2002, The Baker Suite has released four albums. Their most recent album, Your Dreaming Self was released in October 2013 and is receiving rave reviews and national radio play in Australia and Germany. This album was Produced by Shane O'Mara and includes cameo performances by Australian luminaries Paul Grabowsky, Kate Ceberano and Ross Hannaford.
“Minor masterpieces that blend folk, country, blues and jazz speckled with global allusions sit beside quirky pop songs suggestive of Paul Simon”.   Tony Hillier, Weekend Australian (4 stars)

"I was struck by the depth and authenticity of The Baker Suite's material. It harks back to great writers such as James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carole King and Burt Bacharach.  Paul Grabowsky

'This album (Your Dreaming Self) is like a Hemingway novel . . . full of romance and stories that contain truth, beauty and violence in equal measure: Its the ultimate journeymans album. Get in your car, put it on and don't stop until you get there.'  Kate Ceberano

“The arrangements range from bar-blues and French caf%uFFFD music and reclined jazz harmonies to punchy acoustic rock and never miss their purpose: a perfect synthesis of music and lyrical text.”
Ulrich Joosten, Folker Music Magazine (Germany)

'(John Baker's) lyrics have that hazy, oneiric quality you feel when awaking in the morning convinced you've already been up . . . and the last dream was real...Pithy pop for thinking people' John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

"A collaboration of poetry and music" Rudy Linka, Bohemia Jazz Festival (Czech Republic)

'The rich, lush sound of the opening moments of this performance drew the audience in and held it until the standing ovation and cheers for more at the end'.  Jim Mack, The Independent (AU)

Musical development
John released his first solo album, The Raft in 2004, with Gayle joining him on several songs.  Their playing together started to develop, and John began to write specifically for the guitar and accordion. Their musical collaboration led them to form the John Baker Duo, and, in turn, to the release of Slow Music in 2006.  Always interested in playing music with other people, the duo was often joined by guest musicians, including John Aue, BJ Barker (drums), Peter Raidel (saxophone) and Karen DeNardi (viola). They changed their name to The Baker Suite in time for the 2009 release of A Quartet For Car Horns And Brakes. This album was produced by Paul Grabowsky, and includes PG on piano, Stephen Magnusson on electric guitar and Erkki Veltheim on Viola. This album took them on national tours and The Baker Suite was joined by Grabowsky  at Angel Place, Melbourne Recital Centre, Judith Wright Centre and Lizottes, as well as touring internationally as a duo and a quartet.


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