About Barry Ferrier
Doctor Baz is a Byron Bay-based creative musician - a multi-instumentalist, singer and multi-award winning song-writer and composer who has had a long and diverse career in the arts and enjoyed a colourful range of experience in many facets of the music industry. He has entertained all over Australia, and in Europe and the UK.
Born in Sydney Australia, Barry gained early recognition in music theatre, appearing in the original legendary Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol, Sydney and Palais, Melbourne and in Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolour Dreamcoat at the Seymour Centre, Sydney. He was composer for the internationally famous Lindsay Kemp Mime Company, performing in their productions of Flowers in Melbourne, and composing the music for Kemp's production of Oscar Wilde's Salome, which was a sell out for 18 months at London's Roundhouse .
He has worked with many of the leading names in Australian music including the 70s chart-toppersThe Ferrets, has opened for Ry Cooder and toured as band leader for the late Eartha Kitt.
As a long-time resident of the Byron Bay region he established himself as a pioneer of the local music scene in the early 80s, and has since become a consistent and popular entertainer at all the leading local venues and on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane for over three deades. He performs regularly as a soloist and in an interesting variety of musical combinations which are profiled on this website, 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 (regulalry 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 success at in clubs and theatres from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour.