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The Stephen Barry Band
 
Web Site:
stephenbarry.bros.ca




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The Stephen Barry Band

The Stephen Barry Band has long been established as one of Canada's finest blues and folk-blues ensembles. A native Montrealer, Stephen Barry has assembled some of the city's vest blues musicians and they have been performing steadily for the last twenty years. The Stephen Barry Band has performed on every blues stage in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes and taken their show further abroad, performing both in Europe and South America over the last year. In 1996, the band was awarded the best Blues Band in Canada at the Jazz Report Awards, as their record "Happy Man" was voted the best recording at the same ceremony. More recently, Stephen Barry has been honored at the Lys Blues 2004 in recognition of the contribution he has made to the Quebec Blues scene over his 29 years carrer.

The band's repertoire encompasses a variety of styles ranging from folk-blues to swing to modern electric blues, and is further complimented by their original material. The band also offers a show entitled "The Blues Anthology", tracing the history of the blues from turn of the century acoustic blues through to the electric sounds of the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Over the years the Stephen Barry Band has had the privilege of performing with such blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Big Mama Thornton, the notorious Oliver Jones and more recently Susie Arioli. He also has accompanied legendary blues/R&B artist Harry Vann "Piano Man" Walls in concert and on the CD "In the Evening".


STEPHEN BARRY & ANDREW COWAN
Duo
Bros/Fusion III
 
" Bassist Stephen Barry and guitarist Andrew Cowan have played together in the Stephen Barry Band – Montreal’s pre-eminent blues outfit – for more than three decades so their musical communication is finely tuned on these often-quiet and subtle versions of old and new acoustic blues and folk tunes. Each handles half the lead vocals. Barry shines on an interpretation of Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower that reclaims the oblique lyrics and haunting melody from Hendrix’s power-guitar dominated version, and on Mose Allison’s sly Don’t Forget to Smile. Cowan’s highlights include such timeless blues classics as Love In Vain, with nifty guitar work that owes more to Lonnie Johnson than to composer Robert Johnson, and a version of See See Rider that draws on Mississippi John Hurt’s influence. **** "
     MIKE REGENSTREIF / The Gazette, Nov. 1st, 2008


Records


Duo
Duo
Bluesville
Bluesville
Original
Original
The Gold Record
The Gold Record
Happy Man
Happy Man
Here on the Highway
Here on the Highway