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Les Barker

"Les Barker is a great comedy talent...He´s a master at exploiting the idiosyncracies of the English language, weaving in myth and history to build bizarre stories", Agraman, City Life

"...he may be the best writer of parodies and wordplays that the English-speaking world has ever heard", - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen

Les Barker appears to have two, and possibly more, sides to his character. He´s from Manchester, England, and claims to have been an accountant before becoming a professional idiot, as well as the author of 53 books. He began his performing career with a small dog named Mrs. Ackroyd, who has since departed, and left Les working on his own. That is, until the formation of the Mrs. Ackroyd Band -- a quartet including Lesley Davies, Chris Harvey and Alison Younger. They have released two albums with some help from June Tabor and Martin Allcock: ´Oranges and Lemmings´ and ´Gnus & Roses´. He´s also produced two albums of serious work: the folk opera ´The Stones of Callanish´; and ´Some Love´. His serious songs have been covered by June Tabor, and by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. Describing Les Barker is ´difficult´ (his term).




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