Award winning singer/songwriter Barrie Dempsey plays more than just electric and acoustic guitar. His musical talents also include flute, harmonica, piano, lead and harmony vocals.
Born in New Jersey, after high school he enrolled in School of Visual Arts, New York City to study fine art. Actively pursuing music through high school and art school. He was lead singer, harmonica and flute player in many rock and blues style bands.
His vocal influences include Paul Rodgers and Gregg Allman among others. Barrie learned to play blues harmonica listening and playing along with John Lee Hooker and John Mayall records for hours on end.
Barrie Dempsey moved to California in the mid 70's and was a member of the Amber Band. They did covers and originals and recorded a documentary of the band with all original works for San Diego State University that won an award in 1980. Amber Band was the house band at the Bull and Bear in El Cajon, Ca. for more than a year with a strong following.
Around 2005 Barrie started writing his own songs on acoustic guitar. Currently he has put together a collection of originals on his first CD titled Barrie Dempsey, which has been awarded Best Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter at The Akademia.
Website - BarrieDempsey.com