Award winning singer/songwriter Barrie Dempsey plays more than just electric and acoustic guitar. His musical talent includes , flute, harmonica, piano, lead and harmony vocals.
Born in North Plainfield New Jersey. After high school Barrie 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. One band opened for Rhinoceros, a popular band in the NY area at the time. Vocal influences were Paul Rodgers and Greg Allman among others. He learned to play blues harmonica listening and playing along with John Lee Hooker and John Mayall records for hours on end.
Barrie had a duo called Dempsey and Owens that played in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York area. They had original songs and played festivals and clubs like The Rock Bottom Inn, where they wrote a theme song for them. In 1973 he recorded a song at the Record Plant Studio, NYC where he wrote the lyrics and the melody for song called Safe and Sound. At the same time John Lennon and Yoko Uno were putting the strings on the Imagine record. At the time concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City were going strong and he would walk from school down to buy tickets for the shows.
Barrie Dempsey moved to California in the mid 70’s and was a member of the Amber Band. The group did covers, originals and recorded a documentary of the band with all original works for San Diego State University that won an award in 1980. The Amber Band was the house band at the Bull and Bear in El Cajon, Ca. for more than a year with a strong following.
Barrie has been the featured performer at “Burlap and Bean” in Newtown Square, PA , played at World Café, Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington De. In January of 2013 he was on WCFA-LP 101.5 FM in Cape May, NJ for a half hour show with MQ Murphy – host of “Six Degrees” and an hour show with Roy Baker - host, “Open Mic” radio program doing original songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Roy requested his song “Open Mic” be used for his theme song. You can listen to it on Reverbnation. In June of 2014 he played at the Del Mar Fair in Del Mar, California. In January of 2015 Barrie was interviewed by Cathryn Beeks on Listen Local Radio, San Diego, CA you can hear it here on the HOME page.
Currently Barrie 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 and he is a nominee for his song "Chase Me Down" with the Los Angles Music Awards. The music was produced by Track Star Studios in La Mesa, CA. He is also currently working on his next CD.
Trinitea Tea Lounge- San Diego
House of Blues – San Diego
@SpaceBar – La Mesa
Java Joes – San Diego
Rebeccas – San Diego
The Bulldog Pub – Upland
Rockin Baja – Old Town San Diego
James’ Place – La Jolla
The Roar Room - Glendale
Cody’s Viva Cantina – Burbank
The La Jolla Gallery – La Jolla
Klatch Coffee - Rancho Cucamonga
Tin Roof – San Diego
Museum of Making Music - Carlsbad
World Café Live – Wilmington
Hard Rock – Las Vegas
World Café Live – Philadelphia
Burlap and Bean – Newtown Square
The Flash – Kennett Square
Triumph Brewery – New Hope
The Pilot House- Cape May
The Mad Batter – Cape May
Spinella's Off The Wall – Gresham
Garland Nursery - Corvallis
Mark's On The Channel - Scappose
McMenamins Oregon Hotel- McMinnville
Methven Family Vineyards - Dundee
The Horse Radish - Carlton
The Growler Cafe - Lebanon
West Linn Library - West Linn
The Bitter End – Greenwich Village
The Blue Bird Café – Nashville
Preservation Club – Knoxville
The Del Mar Fair CA
Mission Federal ArtWalk CA
Little Italy Mercato CA
WOW Festival CA
Day of The Dead CA
Salem Art Fair & Festival OR
Tumbleweed Folk Festival WA
The Complete Works OR
Private Events Include:
Book Clubs, Weddings, Art Galleries, Birthday Parties, and romantic Anniversaries.
01/28/2013 101.5 FM WCFA-LP - Six Degrees w/ Mike Murphy
1/29/2013 101.5 FM WCFA-LP - Open Mic w/ Roy Baker and Liz Shay
01/17/2015 Listen Local Radio Show w/ Catherine Beeks
08/14/2015 101.5 FM WCFA-LP - Open Mic w/ Roy Baker and Liz Shay
11/17/2017 1180 AM KCKQ w/ Anwar, Clarence, Keith and Eddie