New Video Out Now!
This is a very strange time we find ourselves in, and first and foremost we hope you're doing well, staying safe and happy, and looking after yourselves and those close to you. We are, for better or for worse, in this together.
Over the last two weeks, we wrote, produced, mix and mastered, and shot a video for the song all within the walls of our apartment here in Prague, Czech Republic. We sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you're interested in what inspired the tune, please read the text below the video.
When we were first told we would be quarantining, and Alex and I were confined to our apartment as a result of Covid-19, we considered ourselves lucky. Alex, I, and our girlfriends live in the same reasonably sized apartment, but we were aware not everyone was so lucky. However lucky as were, such long term confinement is not easy and can place an all-too-real strain on anyone’s relationship, romantic or otherwise. We wanted to write a song and make a video that represented what we thought were some interesting aspects of quarantining with people you know and love. We wanted the song (and video) to reflect some of the high and low points of our worlds suddenly becoming so much smaller due to social isolation. We wrote, produced, mixed, and shot the video for “Blanket Fort” completely from inside our apartment in the quarantine, with help from our two close friends (whom we had had previous contact with for unavoidable reasons during the quarantine). In the video you can see a couple, who are very much in love, and the day-to-day highs and lows of their relationship, from making breakfast, working out, fighting with each other, making up, and ultimately just being grateful for each other in such trying times (“the world burns, but baby I’ve got you”). We felt this was a situation many people could relate to and, like a lot of our music, we felt there was beauty in the juxtaposition and reality of these highs and lows.
We hope you enjoy the video and take care of yourselves.
We want to give a special thanks to these wonderful people:
Ivan Číhal, Michaela Mazáčová, Elizabeth Quiros, Pavlina Bursova, and Zack Slouka.
We love you all!
The Tale of Bookie Baker
The Tale of Bookie Baker
Bookie Baker’s creative and musical journey, punctuated by an arrest and interrogation in China, is just part of the alt-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, entrepreneurial spirit and wanderlust.
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.
Several musical experiments later, they decided to go it alone and quickly gained notice in the local scene. Combining video production talents with a knack for storytelling, the pair enlisted the help of several local actors and crew to direct the video for Autumn Wind, the lead track on their newly released EP “The 1st”.
Bookie Baker will be touring Europe this summer and opening in Prague for pioneering Alt-folk troubadour, Amigo the Devil. 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.