Barry started playing guitar and keys in the early ’90s, closely followed by the harmonica after he heard one played in the Doctor Who episode “The Happiness Patrol”. He worked up his chops playing a lot of classic blues by artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and the Muddy Waters Band, mixed in with a healthy dose of ’60s, ’70s and ’90s rock.
Barry plays Fender and Gibson guitars, a Roland V-Combo organ, and Hohner and Seydel harmonicas. He has attended lessons and workshops with some of the best harmonica teachers in the UK and USA including Richard Taylor, Adam Glasser, Jason Ricci, Annie Raines, and Joe Felisko.
Barry has been playing the harmonium since 2006 after being inspired to play while attending Devon School of Yoga teacher training and Santosa Yoga and Bhakti camps. Having had some keyboard lessons as a teenager was a helpful start; he bought a Bina harmonium and then gained experience by playing kirtan at yoga festivals and in yoga studios.
Barry has many years experience playing at blues and folk clubs, festivals, concerts and private events. He leads a kirtan mantra band which has been playing yoga festivals and concerts for over a decade, and also plays in the Cornwall-based ’60s cover band The Hurdy Gurdies. He is Head of Communications and Vice-Chair of the charity HarmonicaUK where he is responsible for their magazine, website, newsletters and social media.
Barry offers beginners lessons in harmonica and harmonium to students able to travel to North Cornwall, or via Skype/Zoom. If you are interested in learning either instrument please get in touch: barry [at] elmsgrove.com (change [at] for @ before sending)