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Al Tuck

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Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Al grew up in a creative atmosphere (his father, Canon Robert Tuck, is well-known on PEI as an editorial cartoonist, Anglican cleric, historian, amateur-architect and published author); his first love being drawing. As a youngster he enjoyed sports, particularly street hockey and baseball.

The first pop music he heard may have been a Nat King Cole 8-track that came with a gold Buick - the first of several family station-wagons. His favourite music growing up included BTO, Elvis, Queen, and the Rolling Stones. As a member of the Confederation Center Boy’s Choir in Charlottetown, PEI., Al toured Atlantic Canada, Maine and Bermuda. As a soloist, he sang the Canadian national anthem, “O Canada,” before a PEI Junior-A hockey championship game.

His mother, Catherine, gave him a classical guitar and took his only lessons from classical guitarists Paul Bernard and Marie-Claude Trudeau, at the age of fifteen. He remembers hitch-hiking alone in the rain from his home in Georgetown to see Ray Charles perform in Charlottetown, and being the only person there under the age of forty.

He moved to Halifax to attend the University of King’s College, by now very much into Bob Dylan, old blues and gospel, early rock’n’roll, vintage country, ‘60’s soul, and ‘70’s reggae. Trading his classical for a flat top, he began writing songs at age 18 and made his first appearances at college coffeehouse nights and Pub Flamingo open stages.

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