Barry Michael started playing guitar at twelve years of age. His father played guitar on radio in Australia in the 1930’s, so the house was always full of music. He grew up listening to Fats Waller, County swing and Top 40 pop music. In 1980 he took off to see the world. For two years he travelled around America and Europe before ending up in London, where he met two brothers who played in ‘The incredible Kidda Band”, a post punk rock band.
Barry immersed himself in the London music scene and started writing songs, playing live ,with their band, and doing solo spots in pubs and clubs. In 1985 he returned to Australia and performed on a national TV show called “ Hey Hey It’s Saturday”, on the Red Faces segment. He won on the night and was called back to perform on the show. He soon signed to EMI Records Australia and released two singles. What starts quickly often ends just as quick. After 6 months Barry found himself without a record deal but a wealth of experience and a bag full of songs.
He decided to concentrate on writing and formed his own band. Barry was (and still is) totally independent. His band performed at festivals like The Port Fairy Folk Festival and hundreds of pubs & clubs around Victoria and Australia.
He released his first 6 track EP in 1990. An album followed in 1995 (after he saved up). It was called “ The First Time”. Playing on TV shows like “Hey Hey” , “Tonight Live With Steve Vizard” ,"CountDown" and countless live radio performances taught Barry a great deal.
Rave reviews followed with Mark Demetrius (Rolling Stone Magazine) saying “ Barry doesn’t fit into any stylistic pigeonhole; He’s simply a superb singer-songwriter who can probably compose hook lines in his sleep. Like Loudon Wainright III, he proves he’s no dork precisely by writing about dorkishness, loneliness and inadequacy. ”Not Think Of You “ is a slow painful blues worthy of Billy Holiday, that’s saying something”
In 2000 he teamed up with Paul Hester (Crowded House) who played on, and produced, Barry’s second album entitled “ I’m On Fire”. More gigs, rave reviews & community Radio airplay followed.
Barry has just released his third album called "I Am Your Sky". Videos will be on Youtube soon.
Barry is very proud to be associated with Pump Audio. He looks forward to a long association and showing his music to the world. Enjoy.
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