The Byron Bay region of Northern NSW is well known as a sun-drenched tourist destination with an extraordinarily vibrant music scene. With a high proportion of local clubs, pubs and restaurants offering regular live music, it's beautiful nautural environment that is the perfect backdrop for wedding planners, and as the home of several world class music festivals, the Far North Coast has inevitably become the base to some of Australia's most talented musicians.
Barry Ferrier (aka Dr. Baz) is a Byron Bay-based creative multi-instumentalist, singer and award winning song-writer and composer who has entertained all over Australia, and in Europe and the UK. He has had a long and diverse career in the arts with vast range of experience in many facets of the music industry.
Barry gained early recognition in music theatre, appearing in the original Australian productions of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol, Sydney and Palais, Melbourne and Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolour Dreamcoat at the Seymour Centre, Sydney, and as composer for the internationally famous Lindsay Kemp Mime Company. He has worked with many of the leading names in Australian music including the 70s chart-toppers The Ferrets, has opened for Ry Cooder and toured as band leader for the legendary Eartha Kitt.
As a long-time resident of the Byron Bay region he has established himself as pioneer of the local music scene where he is a familiar and popular entertainer at all the leading venues. He performs regularly as a soloist and in an interesting variety of musical combinations, and has had great success as an entertainer for Byron Bay weddings.
With a warm, deep voice reminiscent of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen, Barry is also an accomplished electric and acoustic guitarist with exciting flamenco skills.
Barry also turns his hand to boogie and swing style piano (frequently appearing as a "pianoman" singing all the greatest hits, jazz standards, ballads and rock 'n' roll classics), ...but his musical versatility extends to playing zydeco style piano accordian, flute and Irish whistles, and even the 13 string Japanese Koto.
Described as 'the Charles Bronson of swamp blues' by someone who ought to know better, Barry has a fascinating range of music industry credits to his name, and has most recently begun appearing in the lead role of his self-penned Johnny Cash Tribute theatre show "I Hear That Train a-Comin' " which has been a sell-out at in clubs and theatres from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour.