Common Fence Music to present Duck Baker in an online concert on November 22

Internationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker in an online concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.

Duck Baker, internationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist will perform an online concert for Common Fence Music on Sunday, November 22 at 7 p.m.

Common Fence Music will present the internationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker with Helen Roche in an online concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. The event is free,  and all tips go to the artists. A link to the online concert will be provided at commonfencemusic.org prior to showtime.

Duck Baker is one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists of his generation. His repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music through old-time mountain music and bluegrass to blues, gospel, and ragtime, and to swing, modern jazz, and free improvisation. Baker is also a prodigious composer and arranger, having written well over 200 pieces, mostly for guitar. His recording career spans 5 decades and includes some 29 records under his own name, and another 40 or so on anthologies, as a sideman and in duo and trio settings. He has also authored 12 music books and a similar number of instructional videos. Among other projects,  Duck often performs with his wife, Helen Roche, the acclaimed traditional vocalist. She joins him for this online concert.

Duck was born Richard R. Baker IV in 1949 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a teenager, he played rock and blues before becoming interested in fingerpicking blues and folk styles. Ragtime pianist Buck Evans was a major influence on Baker’s evolution, exposing the young guitarist to ragtime and early jazz at a time when the styles had largely been forgotten. By the time he moved to San Francisco in the early seventies, Duck was performing a wide range of material. During this period he also worked regularly in a bluegrass band and tapped into the flourishing swing/trad jazz scene. Over the years, Baker has toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He presently resides in the United Kingdom. 

This concert is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.  Common Fence Music is a Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission it is to celebrate and preserve diverse folk music traditions by creating community-based opportunities for cultural exchange.

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This concert is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. Common Fence Music is a Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission it is to celebrate and preserve diverse folk music traditions by creating community-based opportunities for cultural exchange.

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