Meet the band

The band recieved rave reviews following their support slot to Fairport Convention at Colston Hall in 2012 with critics proclaiming that their performance alone was worth the ticket price. They have since won the hearts of Bristol crowds with high profile appearances at Bristol Harbourside Festival  supporting The Wurzels in Wellington, and at 'The South West Country Trade Fayre' , turning heads on the BBC Radio Bristol and the country circuit in general. In 2016 the band will filmed for Sky TV, BBC 2 and performed live on BBC Points West.

BARRY WALSH - lead vocals/2nd guitar

 

Barry performed as a solo singer/ guitarist in The Hatchet, The Rummer and The Mauretania in the 60's/70's before embarking on songwriting. One of his songs was taken by Colin Blunstone (ex Zombies) and his song 'Throwing Stones' caused a stir in  the Bob Geldof camp. Barry formed the band in 2010 and continues to be a prolific writer of catchy country songs with engaging lyrics and songs about the Bristol area. Respected agent John Miles has been quoted as saying " in 50 and 100 years from now people will still be playing Barry Walsh songs".

 

GRAHAM J NICHOLLS - first guitar

Graham has been playing 1st guitar for The Barry Walsh band since 2012.
He has been playing guitar since the age of 7, and enjoys playing a wide range of styles from Gypsy Jazz to Heavy Rock!
Originally from Fordingbridge in Hampshire, he has performed and recorded with a variety of bands. Notable gigs have included the International Beatles Festival in Liverpool and the Jazz En Liberte  Festival in Andernos-les-Bains, France.
As well as guitar,  Graham has also played Ukulele, Mandolin, Lap Steel & Baritone guitar for Barry.

 

ANDY ALLPASS- piano

Born & bred in Bristol (and proud of it!) Andy comes from an Early Classical music background - he was choirboy at Bristol Cathedral, where he got his school education.  He went to the Royal Academy of music for 2 years, then when he returned got into playing with bands. Andy started work at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, helping with the training of young people on the road to an acting career. He has worked as MD on many theatre shows, as well as presently teaching piano in several secondary schools. Andy has composed original music for several shows, and also has published educational music. He enjoys the variety of his music working life, and hopes it will continue for many more years !

 

LOUISE BRENT - vocals/percussion/mandolin/ukelele

A relative newcomer to the music scene, Louise is a singer/ songwriter/ guitarist in her own right and released her debut album 'Blue Sky' in 2013. She has performed with her own band at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Harbourside Festival and at the Colston Hall. Louise joined the Barry Walsh Band in late 2012.

 

SARAH MITCHELL - violin/vocals

Sarah sings and plays violin with the band. 
Previously she has recorded and toured both nationally and internationally with Stackridge, including playing Glastonbury, Cropredy and on the Late, Late Show in Hollywood, USA.
As a vocalist she has worked with the Korgis, K-Passa and many other local bands. Sarah joined the Barry Walsh Band in 2011.

 

RICH LANHAM -   bass guitar

Rich joined the band in 2015 on Bass/vocals. Having had a varied career from playing at the first Glastonbury Festival (Prog Rock) through Radio One sessions band MacArthur Park and various other bits and pieces of recording over the years. When not with the band Rich plays country/blues/bluegrass with Bristol band Loose Wheels.

DAVE BURBIDGE - Drums