Duckin’ n Divin’
Release Date: January 19, 2003
Don Baker’s latest album “Duckin’ & Divin’” is a double album: the first CD features songs and the second CD features instrumental tracks. The album is 90% original material and also includes cover versions of some of Don’s favourite songs. He collaborates on this album with one of the world’s greatest Guitar players and Irish Jazz Legend, Louis Stewart. “Duckin’ & Divin” is Don’s eighth solo album and is the third of his albums to be released on his own record label, “Modal” which he set up in 2000.
Having toured for over 35 years, Don has criss-crossed every country in the world many times over. To celebrate the release of “Duckin & Divin”, Don embarks on a nationwide tour of Ireland during September and October.
One of the best known Blues harp players in the world, Don is also a well regarded actor. His acting career took off with the well-known role of IRA chief Joe McAndrew in Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father”, starring alongside Daniel Day Lewis. He has since swapped his harmonica for film and TV numerous time, mainly playing the “hard man”, which he enjoys. Don’s acting career has seen him share the screen with Dan Ackryod, Robbie Coltrane and Claudia Cardinale among others. He has most recently starred in RTE’s long running, popular soap, Fair City, and “Mystics”, directed by BAFTA award winner David Blair, was released in 2003 and co-stars Milo O’Shea & David Kelly.
Don was one of the first people to speak about child abuse (with Gay Byrne on a landmark RTE Late Late Show) and subsequently spoke openly about the horrific abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of the Oblate’s who ran the notorious Daingean institution in Offaly in RTE’s “States of Fear” (the programme that forced the Irish Government to make an unprecedented public apology on behalf of the State to the victims of this savage system). One of the songs on the album, “The Holy Vow”, deals with his feelings on this subject. “The answer’s forgiveness” is the key phrase of this song and reflects Don’s sentiments, having spent much of his life trying to come to terms with the ordeals he endured. Coincidentally, Don’s first self-penned original song, “Dublin’s Inner City, which went to number one in the charts, was commissioned by the Late Late Show specifically for a programme dealing with controversial plans to build a road through part of Dublin’s inner city.