Barry Skipsey, Alice Springs based singer, songwriter and photographer is no stranger to the stage at Glen Helen and is received with great enthusiasm on each and every visit. Kicking off his 2014 season Barry will be at Glen Helen from this Friday the 18th of April playing right through the Easter and Anzac day weekends.
Visitors are treated to a show of traditional Australian music along with displays of Barry’s photography from around Australia.
Alice Springs based Singer / Songwriter Barry Skipsey speaks to those who live past the city limits. His songs reflect the aspirations and experiences of his life. From following his urge as a younger man to leave the city and discover life at the“ End of the Bitumen “ to the fun and frustration of his own parenthood. They are songs of a contented man, someone who has found their place after much searching.
In celebrating the timeless beauty, space, colour and the people of this vast continent, Skipsey reminds us that luck comes to those who take the risk of following their dreams. Barry primarily performs solo accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He is a deft instrumentalist, a powerful singer and equally engaging as a performer. His music sits in the idiom of contemporary country.
Barry’s second and current Solo Album, “ Let Your Spirit Fly” features 14 original songs including the Northern Territories unofficial Anthem, “You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”. Recorded in Melbourne and produced by Hugh MacDonald of Redgum fame, it features many outstanding players and a more than satisfying blend of instrumentation. Click here to purchase the album »
Country Music statesman, Slim Dusty recorded and released two of Barry’s songs,
Good Heavens Above and the End of the Bitumen. Plans were underway to run a third song past Slim before the sad loss of this Australian Country Music legend.
Skipsey’s first Solo Album “ NT Road ” was released through the Larrikin label back in 1985. The album which followed two Top Half Folk Festival song-writing awards, sold well. Barry later joined forces with the Alice Springs Bush Band Bloodwood contributing his original material. Following an approached by the NT Tourist Commission (NTTC) they were contracted, in a marketing capacity, to perform Internationally. For the next ten years, Bloodwood toured and performed in the UK, Asia, North America and Europe, including a two week stint at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The writer of the song “ You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”, Barry is no stranger to tourism promotion, on stage or around the campfire. His NTTC solo performances, nationally and internationally, covered the years up until the late 90’s.
1996 to 2001 saw Barry blending his two great passions, Photography and Music in the form of an Audio Visual performance. His weekly One Man ( slide ) show was entitled the “Red Centre Show“. Performed at a local Tourist Park, at the height of the tourist season, it attracted an average audience of 250 travellers enjoying the images that married with his songs.