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Baby Ford / Bio

Founding member of the "Chopping Heads Gang" blues band, Baby Ford now lives and works out of Vilamoura, in the Algarve, Portugal.

Originally, from Ireland, Baby Ford spent time in the U.S.A and Germany learning his unique brand of acoustic style delta blues from such greats as Stefan Grossman, Eric Sardines and Rory Gallagher.

As well as playing Flood Plain, Delta and Country Blues, Baby Ford has a not insubstantial collection of his own original compositions, largely in American folk and blues styles.

Now aged fifty two, Baby Ford is semi-retired after playing the mandolin, dobro slide, harmonica and keyboards for over forty years.

In a book titled "The Remarkable Legend of Henry Sloan" Baby Ford also investigated the influence that Native America Music had on the early blues, citing the Native America 'Round' and 'Stomp' dances as being the most likely origin of the "Call and Response Pattern" and the "Harmony Shuffle" of early blues. Notably he also explains how Charley Patton, Scrapper Blackwell and many other of the early delta blues guitarists were of Native American origin.

Baby Ford is available for limited public performances and concern gigs and may be contacted at babyford@musician.org.

Baby Ford is also a talented artist and has a wide collection of portraits of many of the very earliest blues men and women from 1920's and 1930's America.

General Info

Artist Name
Baby Ford
Home Page

Contact Info

Vilamoura, PT

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