Experience the endurance of love and friendship as the sublimely crafted songs of John Baker are resurrected by his band and guest singers from around Australia.
For one night only, The Baker Suite will take you on a musical journey through Art Folk, French Café, and Gypsy Romantica in the lush, grandiose surrounds of the historic Woodville Town Hall.
The last time these songs were performed was the evening Baker was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2018 — one month before he passed away from a long battle with cancer.
Produced by Baker’s wife and accordionist, Gayle Buckby, this show will be a celebration of music, stories, love and friendship.
“It’s important that John’s songs are kept alive, and when I mentioned the idea, the band was over the moon and I was inundated with singers wanting to join me for this event.
“Every singer performed with John in some ensemble during his long career in music, and they have each chosen a song that suits them perfectly. I can’t wait to hear their interpretations,” said Buckby.
The Baker Suite performed world-wide for 15 years. The core of the band were Baker (guitar and vocals) and Buckby (accordion and vocals) and they were joined by many musicians along the way.
The line-up for this show is Julian Ferraretto (violin), Lyndon Gray (double bass), Enrico Mick Morena (drums), Karen deNardi (viola), Adrian Ferraretto (cello) and Emma Woolcock (violin). John’s guitar parts will be played by Alain Valodze, Chris Parkinson and Dylan Woolcock.
“It’s a bit of a super-band and is going to sound incredible in the Woodville Town Hall. It’s such a perfect venue for his music and we’re all so excited to be a part of Fringe 2020,” said Buckby.
The guest singers paying homage to Baker’s songs are all songwriters in their own right and include Nancy Bates, Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Lou Blackwell, Al Bonnin, Di Caught, Robyn Chalklen/Chris Parkinson (The Yearlings), Taasha Coates (The Audreys), Mark Elberg, Liz Ferraretto (State Opera), Vonda Last, Jen Lush, Jim Redgate, Kathy Renner Lisa Richards, Ben Searcy, Chris E Thomas, and Jessica Wishart.
The gorgeous Woodville Town Hall is cementing itself as a go-to creative space and live music venue in Adelaide, with an ever awesome lineup of events on, like the Winter Comfest comedy festival and this all-female music festival from last year.
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See The Baker Suite & Friends on Thursday, 5 March, with doors opening at 6pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are $30pp and you can get your tickets at Fringetix.
The Woodville Town Hall is located on 74/76 Woodville Rd, Woodville South 5011.