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October 2019

Another update on BarneyMusician activities. I had a riotous successful gig playing keys with The Future Shape of Sound on Friday night 11th October at Nambucca as part of the Gypsy Hotel evening hosted by The Urban Voodoo Machine.

Our next gig is on November 2nd at The Macbeth in Hoxton but in the meantime do check out our fabulous new video for our latest single at

I’ve also been appointed as part-time drummer for highly established and accomplished Ska Band – The Estimators and will update when gigging with them, their website here.

I’m on the look-out for a more permanent fixture as a drummer with a band and have an ad on Gumtree currently so do see below (the text of the ad) and get in touch if fits with you or someone you know. Checking in again soon 🙂 x

Looking for Americana band/collaborators to write songs, learn covers and gig. I play drum kit, keys, accordion, percussion and other stuff too. The YouTube link has me drumming from 2 minutes in and gives an idea of my playing though not looking for this style – If you type in to Spotify “The Pulse of Americana” you’ll get an idea…I’ve been playing a LONG time and the keys player for The Future Shape of Sound. I’m a music graduate with a post-grad too and a Primary Music Teacher during the days. If you in to the same music, up for rehearsing as needed with a good work and play ethic, organised, pro-active and a view to be gigging soon , recording an album on vinyl, building a fan base and having some good times I’ve a bunch of connections to help along the way. I’m looking for local to Bow people for efficiency (you’ll either get this or not) and if/when replying do please add links for eyes and ears 🙂 I have too much kit to mention (though keep it lean on stage) and wheels. Rehearsing/Writing would be evenings anytime from 5-9pm and Saturdays as available/inclined. Happy to start with covers and move to more originals as we progress.

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June 2019…:-)

Morning/Afternoon/Evening all!

Another overdue update here to bring you up to speed with all happening musically with me 🙂

I’ve recently finished working with one band and begun playing kit for another so now playing drums (and possibly keys/accordion, though probably not at the same time but hey, who knows?!) with Anatomy of Ghosts. The connection is the highly talented singer-songwriter Scott McMahon who I performed with in The Medicine Show, a band of a few years back.

They’re on Spotify here – AoG

Facebook here – AoG on FB 🙂

And the band website here – AoG Website

Do like and follow. Also, if you are or know anyone looking for a fabulous band to gig your venue/event get in touch with me, let’s have a chat and get a date in the diary! 🙂

Our next gig is at the Alma Street Festival on Sunday 16th June 2019 at 2pm.

I’m still playing keys with The Future Shape of Sound, recent gig highlights being at Gaz’s Rocking Blues in Soho (the longest running club night in the world I believe!) and at The Craig Charles Funk Festival at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bex Hill. We headline at Mirth, Marvel and Maud in Walthamstow this Saturday 15th June 2019 and at Jamm Circus Brixton on Saturday July 6th 2019.

I am still very happily but busily (!) working as Music Coordinator at a Stoke Newington Primary School with the most recent highlight our fantastic BLastonbury Festival involving all 460 children that was a huge success with wonderful feedback from parents and friends alike.

In other personal info I’ve recently returned from 2 weeks in India that was a feast for all senses and will never be forgotten – swimming with a wild dolphin that came to me on my first swim in the sea, a highlight….

Aside from my musical exploits I’m also planning to explore more of England this summer visiting Liverpool, Leeds, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

I’ve also recently taken up a volunteer role with Climate Change organisation GCCC and have plans to introduce environmental issues as an educational subject in my work as an educator, rolling it out across the school, borough, capital, country, continent and world…in my spare time!!! 🙂 xxxx

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Happy 2019!

Yes, it’s time for what has just turned in to my annual post! It seems Instagram has taken over as the go-to social media blogging tool of choice for most and personal websites like this and even Facebook pages less visited or popular these days all be it still in use. Anyway, although I doubt this site receives much traffic I keep it going and grateful for your visit! (Along with any nice comments or feedback you may have)

So…last year musically was taken up mainly with my job as a Primary School Music Teacher – which I enjoy thoroughly. I’m still doing some private piano teaching as I have done for many years off and on. I continue to play keyboards with The Future Shape of Sound (TFSOS) and amongst quite a few gigs playing Bestival was a highlight and part of what was a great summer. We also recorded a video that I’m hoping will be available to view soon. I also began playing drum-kit with rock and roll band Ruby and The Dukes (RATD) with regular gigs at City venue The Bootlegger on Lime Street and a few others including established London pub gigs The Kings Head in Upper Street and The World’s End at Finsbury Park, both places I’m glad to add to my list of gigs gigged.

This year there are more gigs lined up with both bands, a few done already. TFSOS have a few London dates and there a possibility of Glastonbury which I haven’t played for many years. RATD gigs continue with one coming up at a Hells Angels club that I looking forward to.

I keep up the occasional practice on the accordion (and bought another secondhand one last year) and would really like some opportunities to play percussion this year as it’s been a very long time since I got my congas out (!!!!).

I’m off to India for 2 weeks in April and hope to catch some music whilst there.

If anyone needs a keyboard player, drummer, percussionist, accordionist or composer, for one-off or longer-term projects then I’d be interested in hearing from you.

This year I’d love to secure a regular gig playing background piano somewhere. Wednesdays are my non-teaching day so then in the day around lunchtime would be ideal. I’d also like more opportunities to do some stand-up comedy, something I tried last year for the first time. Trying to make that happen possibly the closest I’ll get to a New Year’s Resolution.

I wish anyone reading this a great 2019 and that you achieve or at least move ever closer to arriving at your hopes and dreams as a reality.

Barney Musician 🙂 accordion 3

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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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