Les Barker

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


30 January 1947, Manchester, England. Barker is a self-styled humorist and writer who has produced over 70 books of poetry and monologues. Most of his recorded works show the same humorous insight. Before turning professional, he worked as an accountant and has been writing and performing since 1975. Barker was a familiar sight at folk clubs and festivals accompanied by his dog Mrs Ackroyd, who was renowned for snapping at members of the audience. After Mrs Ackroyd died Barker continued performing on the folk circuit. Barker’s first book appeared in 1976, and others followed at an average rate of two per year. As its title suggests, Dogologues is an album of Barker’s monologues, many of which appear in his books. Various monologues are now veritable standards, in particular ‘Cosmo The Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower’ and ‘Jason And The Arguments’. The Stones Of Callanish was a departure in that it was a folk opera, with words by Barker...

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