Bookie Baker’s creative and musical journey, punctuated by an arrest and interrogation in China, is just part of the contemporary folk duo’s story. Consisting of Irishman, Caolan O’Neill-Forde and Canadian, Alex Montyro, their journey from the beginning has been fuelled by a sense of adventure, and a passion for music and storytelling. The collaboration began after Montyro opened a music venue in the Liaoning province of China and O’Neill-Forde wandered in looking for musical compatriots in a faraway land. Soon packing in large crowds to the ire of local communist party officials, the duo found themselves enduring multiple interrogations by local police after an arrest during a live performance. Released after being warned to never play music in the country again, they opened a map and considered options across the globe. One city became a clear standout due to its thriving renaissance of creativity, culture and commerce: Prague.
Since moving to Prague, the pair have developed a reputation for their musical abilities, and live performances. Bookie Baker’s first EP, helpfully entitled The 1st consists of three songs and an accompanying video for Autumn Wind, which was shot with the help of some friends. Over the time it has been released, this EP has garnered more than 30k listens on Spotify, with Autumn Wind and Gamble of the Day being featured on some well-known playlists such as Mohogany, and Alex Rainbird.
Bookie Baker have had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Amigo the Devil, Hollow Coves, Jacob Lee and more. In 2019 they toured Ireland and Switzerland, and were prepared to tour Switzerland, Germany, and France in 2020 (all unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic.) The pair are currently working on their second EP, planning to be released early 2021.
Bookie Baker has been described as A winning combination of deft yet beautifully-understated musicianship & wry turn of phrase expressive vocals & reminiscent of Father John Misty meets Simon Garfunkel.