Barry named his guitar after the person that got him started in his musical career: Grandma. Music ran in the family bones, and Barry was no exception. After spending some time with rock, folk, bluegrass, and celtic music, his musical evolution took him to the discovery of songwriting in 1996. The next year, he went on to win the Kerrville Emerging Songwriters Contest, and was chosen as a finalist in the Wildflower and Napa songwriting contests. His lyrics are simple, to the point, and cover the ridiculous to the sublime, giving romance the heart it deserves, and making fun of the more tender moments of life. He is a sought-after accompanist, with his playing having been described as clean, elegant, and sparkling.
Barry, an accomplished working musician, performer, and songwriter, has been performing since the early seventies with groups such as: In Cahoots, Wildgeese, Crannell and Krevans, and has shared the stage with Clive Gregson, Kevin Burke, Michael O'Dohmnaill, Kate Wolf, and Bill Staines. He is currently in musical collaboration with Julianna Waters, calling themselves Heart and Hammer.