Ado Barker

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Having been swept into the tunes as an unsuspecting youngster, Ado has earned a reputation as one of the finest Irish fiddle players Australia has produced. In recent years Ado has made something of a second home in Ennis, Co. Clare, and his time in Ireland has given him the opportunity to soak in the music of some sublime traditional musicians. An accomplished performer, and the winner of the inaugural Chris Wendt award at the National Folk Festival in 1998, he is never more at home than in the thick of a lively session. He is also an experienced teacher of traditional music, and has taught extended workshops at events such as Ceol Aneas in New Zealand, the Easter School at the National Folk Festival and at the Turning Wave Irish festival.  Along with co-conspirator Benno Stephenson, he was joint recipient of the National Library of Australia Folk Fellowship, the product of which was their award-winning album Undertones: Irish music from Australia. Ado also released a solo album Between Up and Down a few years ago to great acclaim. I’m sure he will have copies of this superb recording on hand.