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Happy 2018!!!

Happy New Year all!

As always woefully overdue with this latest update to my musical exploits as BarneyMusician…sorry (less is more?!)

So…New Years Eve was a blast as I was gigging with my regular band of the moment The Future Shape of Sound (TFSOS on Facebook) at The Royal Standard in Blackheath.  I play keys with this outfit and we have an album out early this year on vinyl. Do please follow us via the Facebook Page (above) – we’ve played Wilderness and Clerkenwell Festivals, loads of great gigs and put on a belter of a show. Here we are toasting in 2018…


In other news my lovely job as a Primary School Teacher continues with the addition that I am now also teaching ICT as well as music and finding a meeting point between the two with GarageBand which pupils enjoying.

We had a fantastic 2017-18 Christmas Concert at the local church with singing performances from all classes and the choir and string and drumming groups performing also. With attending a gig at Ronnie Scotts (I’m a member!) on the 27th seeing the brilliant and entertaining Liane Carroll and then our gig on NYE it was a fantastic end to a fantastic year – my 50th too!

So for 2018 we have the album launch on vinyl with the band to look forward to and more gigs of course. Do get in touch if you’d like to treat yourself and book the band – a fab night guaranteed!

Last night I was at Ronnie’s again catching my lovely mate Dan Swain playing bass with the superb Alice Russell for a memorable gig. I’ve got tickets to attend Nick Cave in Victoria Park this summer along with attending Twinwoods Festival where hoping to flex our swing-dance moves (Rosie and I still keeping this up…just!).

I also continue to play piano for comedian and cabaret artist Lynn Ruth Miller having written 3 new songs with her in 2017. Her Facebook page also listing her many gigs (she’s 83!) is at

I treated myself to a TomTom Bandit camera at Christmas so hoping to get some live footage of various musical capers up here too.

For 2018, I’m hoping to get a CamperVan, do a course in comedy stand-up and try out at it BUT would REALLY love to get some more opportunities to play drum kit and percussion so if you need either (or keys or accordion of course) do get in touch.

If not doing so already do follow my Facebook Page from here and my occasional Tweets (also from here).

Happy 2018 everyone, may it be a truly lovely, happy and fulfilling year for you,

Barney Musician 🙂

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August 2017 Update! :-)

Flying through the summer hols with 2 breaks under my belt, a week in Devon and Cornwall and a week in France – west coast around Arcachon – lovely!

Next gig is this Sunday coming with The Future Shape of Sound at Clerkenwell Festival, on stage at 4.30pm. Link here – gig!
I had my first function recently via Headliner, an agency I joined earlier this summer, playing background cocktail piano and accordion for a wedding at a stately home in Kent, my headliner profile here – Headliner though you can of course contact me directly via the website here 🙂
Back to school in 2 weeks teaching 4 weekdays per week (M, Tu, Th, F) with Wednesdays now dedicated to practice, rehearsals, teaching and gigs!

Also I’m now listed with Bidvine for teaching so do feel free to check out their site and my profile HERE.
I continue to rehearse with friend and jazz guitarist Johnny Thompson on our G&T duo set…if you’d like a jazz duo of piano and guitar to provide your venue/event with a live mellow jazz background soundscape we are looking for opportunities to demo our set so offering ourselves at a very reasonable rate for now, get in touch via the Performance Options page on this site.

I am also very honoured to be working with the fabulous Lynn Ruth Miller, having performed together already at the Burlesque Ball at Conway Hall recently and working on original material for her upcoming cabaret show, her FB page HERE.
So, hope everyone well in these rather strange times (!) and do get in touch if wanting some live music for an event or even just a chat to see how I can help 🙂

Barney 🙂

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April 2017 Update!

Another occasional update 🙂

Work chugs along at both Primary Schools I teach music at with a welcome break currently for the Easter Hols! Last term marked by an instrumental concert, variety show and trip to a recording studio amongst the day to day lessons and clubs.

Still teaching piano and drum kit privately with the occasional evening function work as pianist and accordionist.

Hoping to update this website along with my Barney Musician Facebook page over this break from school so do look out for some positive (and much needed and overdue!) changes.

If you need a pianist or accordionist or want lessons in any of the instruments I play then do get in touch. I’m also now registered with online agency Headliner, click below for details…

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Happy Easter!

B 🙂

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Update! Birthday week!

Hi all,

this as you may know, my holding page for my other sites listing what I’m getting up to! 🙂

Do check me on Facebook at Me!

My Blues Band – TFOS

My Northern Soul Band – NST


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May ’16 update!! 

Hi all, 

I’m now playing keys in The Future Shape of Sound. We’re playing Wilderness Festival this summer. Video of them here –

I’m also drumming with Northern Soul outfit FunkSoulBrother. Our setlist here –

Both bands available for bookings as of course am I!! 

B 🙂

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Catching up :-)

Hi all,

as usual I’ve left it a while to update here but much been going on…I spent the 3 month lead up to Xmas playing drum kit with some fabulous jazz musicians including TJ Johnson and Paul Eldridge.

At the same time my job as Music Co-Ordinator at my Primary School chuffed along with a fabulous Xmas concert involving all classes and around 500 parents watching (!) at Stoke Newington School opposite.

The last term at school culminated in another great Easter concert with KS2 classes performing a Motown Tribute and my KS1 choir – “Big Ideas” singing “Crazy Crazy Nights” by Kiss and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor – with their faces painted as tigers! The staff band (called “Surviving”) supported. It was priceless..

This term we prepare for our own 1-day festival and the Y6 end of year show…

Outside of school I continue working with guitarist Johnny Thompson on our jazz duo set of guitar and piano  – we’re called G&T and hope to be gigging by summer…

I have recently returned from Calais where I ran music/English workshops in The Jungle camp for refugees playing accordion.

I am currently putting a new band together which I hope up and gigging by June, more info to follow.

If anyone is a DJ or knows one that wants a percussionist with full rig to compliment their set do get in touch as this something I’d like to return to.

I’m also now free on Thursdays specifically for any music-related opportunities so do let me know what you’ve got!

I’ll endeavour to post more often but do also like my FB page and Tweets as shown on this site.

Barney 🙂

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End of Summer Update!

Hi all! I’ve had a fab 6 weeks off school catching up with friends and doing lots of playing.

I also got to record a jazz track playing piano with 2 fab jazzers on kit and bass.

Have a listen here – (It’ll open in a new tab)

Cheek to Cheek!

I also did a fab gig playing jazz drums with the great Phil Cornwell on piano,,

see us on YouTube here – (It’ll open in a new tab)

Barney Musician Jazz Trio at Elmore Supper Club

I’m going to be doing a lot more jazz over the next few months working with my good pal and guitarist

Johnny Thompson as the dynamic guitar and piano duo of G&T. I’ll also be playing jazz piano with top tenor

Colin Judson – Colin Judson doing smooth swing.

I’ve also just played accordion tonight for a Corporate Gig in a pop up Flower Market working amazing friend and fellow musician Alison Blunt. Check out the view from the venue!

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Follow me on Twitter at @barneymusician and LIKE my BarneyMusician Facebook page that has a link here too!

Barney X

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Drummer, pianist, accordionist for hire! Lessons in all these too! And a PA for hire!

Email me now at to make an enquiry or booking!

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Happy New Year 2015!

How are we? Ok, so 2014 gone and it’s “ding ding! Next round!”…
This week I started at a brand new school Betty Layward with my own music department building! Lovely staff, great kids! This my sole school now and here Mondays, Wednesday’s, Friday’s. Instrumental concert at the end of this month!
Still doing my postgrad in Music Therapy and got my first term’s essays in (just!). Rewarding placement at The Garden working with teenage autistic boys and seeing results!
Get my own permanent studio in Mile End this month so that exciting for solo work and both bands. Both Council and The Medicine Show have strategy meetings this week and aiming to get videos done ASAP. Gigs pending.
Do check my “Performance Options Available Page” to see what I can offer.
Update soon!

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1 bike, 2 tubes, 1 train, 1 car…

En route to my weekly postgrad in music therapy. Little sleep after a late finish gig at The Phoenix bar in town last night. Amazingly mild November day.
Already 2 weeks in to running my own seasons with Autistic children at a specialist school near me.
My 2 Primary schools busy as preparing their Christmas concerts.
My band Council gigging at The Shacklewell Arms soon on 28 Nov.
Other band The Medicine Show moving in to our own studio soon to work on album and gig set. Our next gig at The Constitution on December 12.
I continue my work at The Carers Centre and raised £2k for my Men’s Group in the last few months to run more IT courses for them.

Are you a DJ or Band? Do you need a PA and lights for your event? Do you need a band/pianist? Get in touch.

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