I'm Al and I play the guitar and sing some songs about things that I want to sing songs about. It's a folky style, but I like to think there's a punk-ass edge to it.
There's more stuff about me at my main website - www.albaker.co.uk and my MySpace at www.myspace.com/albaker . This is the place where I put all my songs up for free download.
Thanks for checking me out.
I learnt fourteen chords in one bloody-fingered weekend when I was fifteen and have carried on pretty much in the same vein ever since. I've been an active socialist since I was around 16 and most of my music's political. My particular views should be made fairly clear within around 30 seconds of any of the songs.
I play live as often as possible, at protests and demonstrations, in folk clubs and open mic nights, and on the street when I need a bit of spare change.
All the great riot folkers - Bobby Dylan, Billy Bragg, Phil Ochs, the new Riot Folk collective, Evan Greer, Ryan Harvey, Mark Gunnery et al, Pogues, Christy Moore and Johnny Cash. I'm also heavily influenced (in attitude if not music) by the Legends of the Clash and Joe Strummer, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and all other kickass punk rock.
- Ani, my 6-String Blueridge acoustic guitar
- Rosa, my 12-string Yamaha acoustic guitar.
- Molly, my Bodhran
- My voice