The following was written by Terry McMannus, Toronto, about Barry's version of She Loves You....
This may well be the best cover of a Beatle song ever done! OK... If there is one kind of cover that makes me cringe, (or angry), everytime it is the one where someone takes a really popular uptempo song and tries to turn it into some kind of (either) operatic or melodramatic BS. It is one of the oldest and lousiest tricks in the music business. When I saw that an old friend I knew in Vancouver, Barry Greenfield, had done this with She Loves You, I was ready to pounce. But I have to say after listening to it, that Barry's nuance version, arrangement and performance, has shown me a very beautiful side of that song that I had never even imagined. Barry delivers the vocal like an old friend who bumps into you on the street and is trying to convince you to get back together with her for both of your sakes. I don't often come across music that I call art as well, but this is it. Do yourself a favor and listen; it will not only introduce you to a great recording, but it will show you a side of these lyrics you never even imagined. Congratulations Barry !!
To view Barry's video of She Loves You, go to the Music Page.
Barry Flies to London in Autumn 2018
Adrian Woodward is an English guitar player of great renown. A gifted producer, engineer and all round good guy. They worked together in Adrian's Turnpike Lane Studios to create "Goodbye Baby" and "Sweet America 2018". These songs can be viewed on Barry's music page.
Barry feels this is the beginning of a long term friendship, partnership and collaborative adventure. Stay tuned......
Barry begins work on 'The Nashville Sessions'
In 2008, Barry met his Nashville Musical Partner, and Pianist, Chris Nole. Chris works with the elite in Tennessee, and is widely known for his years spent working with John Denver. The friendship, and camaraderie, continues to grow. After releasing the internationally acclaimed "Exposed Soul" in 2010, Barry and Chris are now headed back to the Nashville studio, to explore Barry's latest art, which will be showcased at his November 18th show at the Yaletown Roundhouse.
Barry Greenfield and his All-Star Band debut 'This Blue' live The Roundhouse
On October 2, 2015 Barry (Vocals and Guitar)was joined by his long time collaborator, and close friend, David Sinclair (Vocals and Guitar). The Band consisted of Laurence Mollerup (Stand up Bass), Elliot Polsky (Percussion), and Bob Buckley (Woodwind) who completed the unit. The two hour set, at The Roundhouse, was the live debut of the 'This Blue' Album, Barry's 10th cd. The night began with a rollicking, and well recieved 'The River is One' and ended with Barry's classic 'New York is Closed Tonight.' The joyous sing along resulted in two standing ovations.
Some Feedback from the Audience:
"My friend, what a performance last night! I've seen you play with passion and feeling before, but the burbling emotion underlying certain songs was never as visible as it was last night. “This Blue”, in particular, reached out and brought us all into your vehicle with you as you drove through the boroughs of disintegrated love and despair. Unburdened by guitar, you reached depths, but you also shared the heights that accompany family and friendship and this touched us all. Before the show, I wondered if your playing with a backing band would distance you somehow from the spirit behind the songs, but clearly it freed you to really tap into the fertile place from which the words sprang and permitted you to re-express it for us....Live. The entire show contained everything I enjoy about the live music experience. It was performed by talented musicians, it told a story (or stories) and it was intimate. Thanks so much."
"Thank you so very much for sharing your incredible musical talent, entertaining and insightful stories, and most importantly, your heart. Barry, your voice has never sounded better, clear and bold as if coming from the depths of your soul. Beautiful! Thank you for your vulnerability and willingness to share your intimate stories of love, friendship and family.
It was a privilege to witness a group so committed to perfecting their craft."
"I really enjoyed the concert, and the band and musicianship was quite fabulous overall. The new songs you`ve written are really great, and I think it`s exciting to see that
You have grown even more and gotten even better as a songwriter than I thought possible, as you were always a great songwriter anyways. I can honestly say this was your best concert!
You were alive, vibrant, animated and so wonderfully Barry"
Barry featured in The Province
Barry Greenfield’s search for a sympathetic accompanist might be over. David Sinclair gets equal billing on Greenfield’s new album This Blue, which mostly has a hushed intimacy provided by his almost whispered vocals and the textures of Sinclair’s various guitar settings.
The album gets playful on Manchester and there are echoes of Eight Miles High in The Man Who Isn’t There. They’ll be at the Roundhouse with a full band on Oct 2. The admission entitles the buyer to a This Blue.
Barry performed at Ironwood Stage in Calgary, AB
On September 7th, 2015 Barry played a solo show at the Ironwood Stage, in Calgary, Alberta. He shared the stage with Lowell Friesen for a night filled with joy and original music. Barry played a 100 minute, 14 song set to a wonderful Alberta crowd. The sound, handled by Toby (from Frankfurt, Germany) made this a very special evening.
Barry releases new album 'This Blue'
In the Summer of 2015, Barry had 20 songs that he had written and was ready to create his 10th album. He approached his best musical buddy, David Sinclair (Sarah McLaughin), whom he'd been working with since 1973. Together, the two spent the remainder of the summer recording the songs and crafting what would become 'This Blue'.
With the 10 best songs in hand, the two turned to their old friend and renowned engineer, Bill Buckingham, and together the three seasoned professionals perfected the sound and the ideas that had began on Barry's Gurian guitar. Featuring Bob Buckley on orchestration and clarinet, the brilliant Elliot Polsky on unique percussion, and the collective genius of the group - 'This Blue' is the strongest musical release of Barry's 45 year career. Buy it today on iTunes.