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Saturday
02
JUN

Don Baker & Rob Strong

20:30
23:30
Wexford Arts Centre
Event organized by Wexford Arts Centre

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Don Baker was born in Whitehall, Dublin in 1950, but by the time he was in his early teens he was already showing his natural talent on the harmonica and guitar. Living in the Corporation Buildings in inner-city Dublin he was attracted to blues music, and by 1973 he was playing all over Germany, Austria, Holland, and France, earning a living from the music he not only loved, but was supremely proficient at. He spent a decade on the road, paying his dues, travelling on trains, and sleeping on floors.

He has recorded several acclaimed albums, including Almost Illegal, Born with the Blues & No Regrets Live in Concert. Mark Feltham (who has played with Oasis, Joe Cocker and Rory Gallagher) rates him as the greatest acoustic harmonica player in the world, and similar acclaim has come his way from both Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy and U2's Bono. Baker made his screen debut in 1993 in the film In the Name of The Father directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson. He also appeared in Mia, Liebe Meines Lebens in 1998 with Claudia Cardinale, and in 2001’s On the Nose with Dan Aykroyd and Robbie Coltrane.

The upcoming 2018 tour celebrates 50 years on the road, along with his good friends Rob Strong, Hugh O'Neill & Salvatore Urbano - along with several well-known guest appearances along the way!

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