Don Baker & Rob Strong - Shoe Shine Man
Recorded live on 10th March 2018 at Jealoustown Recording Studios.
Check out this great track featuring the incredible voice of Rob Strong, and the many talents of Don Baker and their brilliant live band - Salvatore Urbano on Keys, Hugh O'Neill on drums and guesting Richie Malone on guitar and terrific harmonica from Glenn Baker. You will travel far and wide to hear blues sang and played like this - so get along to see them when they come your way this Spring/Summer and prepare to be blown away!
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. He has recorded several acclaimed albums, including Almost Illegal, Born With the Blues & No Regrets Live in Concert. Mark Feltham (who has played with Oasis, Joe Cocker and Rory Gallagher) rates him as the greatest acoustic harmonica player in the world, and similar acclaim has come his way from both Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy and U2's Bono. 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 Aykroyd and Robbie Coltrane. His upcoming 2018 tour celebrates 50 years on the road, along with his good friends Rob Strong, Hugh O'Neill & Salvatore Urbano - along with several well known guest appearances along the way! Check them out when they come to your town, you won't be disappointed!
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Rob Strong from Derry is one of Ireland’s Living Rock n Roll Legends, who has been performing for more than five decades! Rob still has that unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with one of the top showbands in the ‘60s ‘ The Plattermen’, and his own band The Rockets in the 1970s. He has toured extensively over the years and always puts on an amazing live show. The power and carry in his voice has to be heard to be believed and appreciated! Rob also plays bass and sings, with his son, Andrew Strong, lead singer of ‘The Commitments, when they tour in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
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