New Hampshire's very own Folk Singer, Balladeer, Irish Troubadour and Storyteller
Jim brings wit, energy and charm to any venue, be it a pub or concert stage. As a guitarist and Irish singer Jim traces his roots to the 1970’s. “I got together with a couple of fellas, a father and son, who taught me many of the traditional rebel and drinking songs. We toured around from house party to house party and just enjoyed ourselves.” That led to a career that lasted several years before a hiatus of 30 years or so to raise his family.
Now a full-time entertainer Jim has appeared in a variety of New England settings, such as The Big E (Eastern States Exposition), the Northeast's largest agricultural fair (W. Springfield Ma), many New Hampshire Old Home Days (Epsom, Loudon, Moultonborough, Salisbury, Plaistow, Pembroke, to name just a few), Summer Concert Series (Antrim, Alton) as well as private parties in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, restaurants and pubs. Jim has become a fixture at the State of New Hampshire's National Hunting and Fishing Day, sponsored each year by the NH Department of Fish and Game.
Humor is a big part of what Jim does. He has a tale to tell with just about every song. A versatile entertainer Jim is skilled on both the six and twelve string acoustic guitar, but he plays banjo and mandolin as well.
An insightful songwriter, Jim began writing his New Hampshire flavored music in 2007 and released his first CD, New Hampshire on My Mind, in 2009, followed quickly by Made in the Granite State in 2010. A third compilation, You Can't Get There From Here, was released in June, 2013, bringing Jim's body of work to over 40 New Hampshire flavored songs. Another compilation, Meanwhile, Back in New Hampshire, will be released in April, 2015. These songs relate the rich story of life in New Hamsphire: its history, rural setting, politics, weather and the tourist trade and his music has caught the imagination of all who hear him sing.
Songs such as The Parable of the Peach and Apple Pickin' Time take the listener right along on a trip around the state, while others, such as Fees! Fees! Fees! poke fun at the state legislature. The haunting Homecoming speaks of the dreadful waste of human resources in war, while Flatlanders and Trouble at the Dump tickle the ribs of listeners everywhere.
Whatever the occasion, be it a pub setting, a fund-raising concert or a historical society/library gathering or corporate event, Jim Barnes will entertain you like no one else.