Barry Smith is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, flute and tin whistle player who is very well known across the West Yorkshire folk and acoustic scenes.
The new Audio CD 'Flute & Whistle Fancies' (August 2016) largely features flute instrumentals including 4 original compositions named after the Yorkshire locations of Swaledale, Wharfedale, Shibden Valley and Calderdale. The CD, and the previous CDs Available 'Path Through the Heather', Gently Through the Valley' and 'Bridges',are available for purchase by emailing barrysmithfolkmusic.com.
As a solo performer, he can deliver a programme of original and traditional chorus songs, accompanied with DADGAD tuned guitar in his own distinctive style. He can throw in the odd unaccompanied song and celtic-style flute or whistle solo for an interesting and varied gig.
Several of his songs - "Sophies dance", "The cloudy hills of Yorkshire", and " Burnsall bridge", for example - are well known and have been played on Radio Leeds. Since recording the highly acclaimed album "Sophies dance" in 1993 his semi-pro musical career has included bookings at folk clubs across Northern England and the Midlands inc. Buckingham, Leeds,York,Goole, Bradford, Huddersfield, Ashton under Lyme, Wakefield, Loughborough and Guisborough.
Seven of his songs were put into a song-cycle ("Sophies Dance") performed by a community choir at The Square Chapel in Halifax and also as a Youth Theatre production at The Grove Folk club in Leeds.
Over the years he has played a big part in several bands which have played in Local folk festivals including Otley and Hardraw.
Barry is based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire Englandwhere over the past 3 summers he has organised acts for the Acoustic Stage at the Brighouse Canal and Music Festival and also events for the Brighouse Arts Festival.