Barrie Davis was born in England and migrated to Australia as a teenager, living in Sydney for 17 years where he met and married his wife Roslyn, who comes from Merseyside in England. In 1981 they moved to Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, where they live amongst the birds and possums of the Adelaide hills. Barrie started his working life in electronics engineering and progressed to management and corporate troubleshooting roles. His creative urges were satisfied by performing folk music as often as possible, plus a 30 year involvement in photography and woodturning. Five years ago he turned his back on the corporate world to become a full time musician. Barrie has been singing for as long as he can remember, starting as a child in school choirs. As a teenager he was attracted to the music of the skiffle era and then to the reviving folk music scene, with it's strong protest element. His early musical influences included The Weavers, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary and The Kingston Trio. As he grew up he developed the deep voice which was to become his trademark and the songs of Jim Reeves led to country music and artists such as Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Later the work of Stan Rogers and Eric Bogle influenced his style and choice of material. These days his focus is on contemporary Australian folk music and humourous material, plus of course his endless and unexplained fascination with railroad songs. Barrie credits The Rooftop Singers with their wonderful album 'Walk Right In' for his exposure to the 12 string guitar. At the time this album was released he was playing an expensive 6 string instrument and finances did not allow a second guitar. Then fate intervened and on a camping trip in New South Wales he and his wife were caught in a flood and their car and it's contents (including the 6 string guitar) were washed away. Insurance paid for a new instrument and Barrie opted for his first 12 string, a beautiful sounding Yamaha which travelled all over Australia with him. The Yamaha was replaced after a very hard life and he now plays an Australian-made Maton 12 string instrument. Barrie is tall and bearded with a sense of humour which ranges from the impish to the macabre, with a collection of humorous songs to match. Barrie is a regular performer at Australian folk clubs and folk festivals, accompanied by his wife (who describes herself as his 'roadie') . He now tours regularly outside Australia and is rapidly gathering a world wide audience for his music and stories.
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