'Minor masterpieces that blend folk, country, blues and jazz speckled with global allusions sit beside quirky pop songs suggestive of Paul Simon'. The Australian, 4 stars****
'Like a Hemingway novel...full of romance and stories that contain truth, beauty and intrigue in equal measure'. Kate Ceberano
'rouses aural aphrodisia' InDaily
'A collaboration of poetry and music' Bohemia Jazz Festival (Czech Republic)
Art-folk, cinematic storytelling, French Cafe and cabaret romantica...all terms which have been used to describe poetic Australian band The Baker Suite.
Storytelling is at the heart of their music, built around a warm combination of acoustic guitar and parisian-esque accordion. They've been performing their own music nationally and internationally for 11 years, and 2013 saw the release of their critically acclaimed 4th studio album, 'Your Dreaming Self', in Australia and Germany.
The Baker Suite is John Baker (guitar) and Gayle Buckby (accordion), sometimes joined by Lyndon Gray (double bass), Julian Ferraretto (violin + mandolin) and Enrico Mick Morena (drums).
Festival appearances include WOMADelaide (AU 2014), International Asia-Pacific Cultural Festival (RU 2014), Adelaide Cabaret Festival (AU 2014), Bohemia Jazz Festival (CZ, 2012), Okayama Cultural Festival (JP, 2010),Nelson Arts Festival (NZ, 2010), International Guitar Festival (AU, 2009), Adelaide Festival of Arts (AU), Lorch Am Rhein Cultural Festival (DE), and The Australian National Folk Festival.
The Baker Suite has opened for Elton John, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter, Vika and Linda Bull, Francoiz Breut (Fr) and Mary Gauthier (USA).
'Harks back to great writers such as James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carole King and Burt Bacharach.' Paul Grabowsky
'A staggeringly great collection of original tunes which paint vivid, interesting portraits of real life from a true observer’s perspective'. Steven Davenport, InDaily January 7, 2013