Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He’s written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don’t quite believe what they’ve just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive, and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.
Les began his career as assistant to Mrs Ackroyd, a small hairy mongrel who lay around in folk clubs, bit people and became famous. Mrs Ackroyd was the only dog ever to own her own record label. Since her sad demise, Les is mainly a solo performer, though he has taken to working with humans from time to time. The Mrs Ackroyd Band gradually evolved from an ever-changing who’s who of the folk scene into a tightly knit, well-rehearsed group. The band are now playing as a trio, without Mr Barker, and will be far more tightly knit and well-rehearsed. Mr Barker’s Welsh songs are occasionally performed by a trio of Welsh musicians who have had the good sense to keep him out of the band.
Les has several solo albums to his credit: ‘Dogologues’, ‘An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables’, ‘A Cardi and Bloke’, ‘Up the Creek Without a Poodle’, ‘Arovertherapy’, ‘The War on Terrier’ and ‘Daydream Retriever’. He has travelled the length, breadth and height of Great Britain, as well as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and – both solo and with the band – the United States and Canada. More recently, he has won prizes for his Welsh poetry, including 5 small chairs, a big one and a stool, and has now completed a DVD of his Welsh poetry with photos and musical accompaniment.
“…he may be the best writer of parodies and wordplays that the English-speaking world has ever heard.” – Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen
“There are subtleties which you didn’t notice the first time round, and there are clever puns and turns of phrase so good you look forward to hearing them again.” – Caroline Walker, Folk Roots
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