Don Baker Band at The Theatre Royal Waterford
Don Baker Band
at The Theatre Royal Waterford
Saturday November 16th at 8.30pm
The Don Baker Band have been performing to audiences across Ireland to rave reviews and standing ovations in 2019. Don was featured recently on RTE Radio 1, a series of nine tribute shows, honouring Ireland’s greatest musicians, such as Chris de Burgh and Paul Brady. Has just released a double album “The Blues Man”.
A gifted musician, songwriter and actor, Don is well known for his number one “Winner in You” in 1993. He also wrote “Inner City”, which topped the charts for The Jolly Beggarmen. U2’s Bono has frequently described Don as “the greatest harmonica player in the world”. As an actor Don starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis in one of Ireland’s biggest ever movies “In the Name of the Father”.
Born and bred in Dublin, Don Baker first learnt to play harmonica as a young lad in hospital recovering from a bout of TB. While convalescing, unable to go out like the other boys of his age, he immersed himself in The Blues and most especially The Blues Harmonica listening to the recordings Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf.
Fifty years on and Don is still immersed, still listening, still performing to the songs of Blues legends and adding to the Blues canon with songs and compositions of his own as he developed his talent from musician to gifted songwriter in his own right. Indeed his songs have been recorded by scores of other artists including Sinead O’Connor, Charlie McCoy, Finbar Furey, Declan O’Rourke and Liam O’Maonlaoi. He has released fifteen albums and shared stages with Tom Jones, Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison.
As an actor Don played opposite three-time Oscar Winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “In the Name of the Father” and in “Mia, Liebe meines Lebens” opposite Claudia Cardinale while on television he portrayed gangster Thomas Flynn in RTÉ’s “Fair City”. But it is while performing on stage, back immersed in The Blues that Bono’s favourite harmonica player really comes to life. Don is first and foremost a true entertainer.
Tickets €26/€23 conc. available HERE or contact the Theatre Royal Box Office Tel: (051) 874 402.
More event info. HERE.