Al Tuck was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the son of editorial cartoonist and Anglican cleric Canon Robert Tuck. He attended the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and began appearing in Halifax coffeehouses and college pubs, either as a solo performer or with his first couple of bands, namely The Columbia Recording Artists and The Bluegrass Lawnmower. His formation of the trio Al Tuck and No Action (with various musicians such as Tracy Stevens, Dave Marsh, Henri Sangalang, Matt Murphy, Charles Austin, Paul Mandell, Phil Harmonica, Harry Norris, Devon Henderson, Angus Parks, Benn Ross and Brock Caldwell) coincided with increased attention on the burgeoning Halifax independent music scene in the early 1990s. This led Tuck to a recording deal with Murderecords, the boutique music label managed by Halifax pop act Sloan, a nomination for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) and an appearance at Lollapalooza. Over the years Al has shared the stage with the Garth Hudson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Vic Chesnutt, Calexico, Feist, Sarah Harmer, Hayden, Oh Susanna, Tom Russell, Superfriendz, Hardship Post, Eric's Trip, Howe Gelb, Old Man Luedecke, Buck 65, Matt Mays, Joel Plaskett, Julie Doiron, Catherine MacLellan, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. He has toured the British Isles and played to receptive crowds on the alt-country circuit there, receiving his first mentions in the overseas press including a blurb in the authoritative monthly Mojo Magazine. To date Al performs regularly, never playing the same show twice. As his legend grows he continues to live the life he sings about in his songs, keeping his lamp trimmed and burning.