Don Baker announces Irish Tour

Don Baker

Announces Irish Tour For 2014!


Don Baker is hitting the road starting from March and will be touring right through to the summer months! He will be covering the length and breadth of our emerald isle so there will be an opportunity to catch him in a town near you!

Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player 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.

Don became a significant Irish musical figure in 1979 when he was invited by the Late Late Show to compose a song about inner city Dublin. ‘Dublin’s Inner City’ was the outcome, and the version by The Jolly Beggarmen reached No. 2 in the Irish charts.

Over the years since then, Baker has built a solid reputation as a singer, guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Many of his own compositions offer disarmingly honest reflections on aspects of his own life and personality, and he has openly spoken of his deeply spiritual approach to life and people.

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 Ackroyd and Robbie Coltrane. Don picked Best Supporting Actor at the 14th Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2013, which premiered his “apocalyptic crime thriller” The Late Men, from director Van Poynton. The film’s title sequence – featuring Don’s electrifying harmonica – was nominated for Excellence in Title Design in SXSW, Texas, 2013.

Baker released his current album, My Songs, My Friends, in 2013 which features a selection of his own songs sung and played by a star-studded line-up of guests including Liam O Maonlai, Brian Kennedy, Gemma Hayes, Finbar Furey, Sinead O’Connor, Eleanor McEvoy, John Spillane, Mick Pyro, Clara Rose, Rob Strong, Pat Collins, Martin Furey, Paddy Casey and Declan O’Rourke. It also contains three live bonus tracks recorded by Baker at The Olympia.

Tour dates:

Saturday 15 March Castletownbere, Cork.
Friday 21 March Whelan’s, Dublin.
Saturday 22 March Wexford Arts Centre.
Friday 28 March Dolans, Limerick.
Saturday 29 March Glen Theatre, Banteer, Cork.
Thursday 10 April Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Cavan.
Friday 11 April Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Donegal.
Saturday 12 April The Coleman Music Centre, Sligo.
Friday 25 April The Cornmill Theatre, Leitrim.
Sunday 27 April The Millbank Theatre, Rush, Dublin.
Saturday 10 May Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Offally.
Friday 16 May Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Saturday 17 May The Schoolyard Theatre, Charville, Cork.
Friday 23 May Triskel Christchurch, Cork.
Friday 30 May The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin.
Friday 6 June Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Cork.
Saturday 7 June Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Meath.
Friday 13 June Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo.
Saturday 5 July Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Wicklow.
Friday 11 July Castlecoote House, Castlecoote, Roscommon.
Saturday 19 July Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.