Jim Barnes, Balladeer
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The Man and his Music

For years Jim Barnes covered the works of earlier folk greats, such as Gordon Lightfoot (Early Mornin’ Rain, For Lovin’ Me), Bob Dylan (Blowin’ In the Wind, It Ain't Me Babe, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright) Donovan (Catch the Wind, To Try For the Sun, Remember the Alamo & others, for it is these performers who captured Jim's imagination way back in the Sixties.

His rich baritone captures the emotions of these songs, while expressing their timeless ideas in contemporary ways.

As an Irish singer, Jim has no equal. He has sung and played Irish music for nearly 4 decades and is  equally familiar with the love  ballads (The Fields of Anthenry), songs of rebellion (Johnson’s Motor Car), drinking songs (The Jug of Punch) and witty songs of Irish fun (The Rocky Road to Dublin).  A sixteeen track CD of traditional Irish pub songs was released in February, 2012 and has brought joy to hundreds who now own that collection.


Whether performing these on guitar, banjo or unaccompanied, Jim’s presentation and voice will just draw you in along with his tremendous sense of humor that willl leave you limp with laughter.

But it is Jim's songs about his home state that have, in recent times, taken center stage.  His debut album, New Hampshire On My Mind, was released in 2009 and has been enjoyed by people all over the nation. These originals, witty, poignant and sometimes irreverent, expose the flaws of a bumbling State Government (Fees! Fees! Fees!) and the foibles of local politics (Trouble at the Dump) but they also reveal Jim’s serious side, with beautiful ballads such as Our Last Farewell as well as his tribute to our men and women in uniform (A Soldier’s Farewell).

A second album, Made in the Granite State, was released in December, 2010.  Its thirteen original tracks celebrate life in New Hampshire (Everybody's Gotta Be From Somewhere), from what to do and where to do it, to growing peaches (The Parable of the Peach), to Jim's very serious views on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Homecoming, Afghanistan) and how those wars have impacted our state and nation.

Jim's third CD of original songs, You Can't Get There From Here, (July, 2013) offers more insight into New Hampshire, with tunes such as Snow Day, A Cold, Dark Snowy Winter's Night, When the Last Leaves Fall and the title track.

Jim's most recent CD, featuring titles such as Cider Donuts, Grandma's Blueberry Pie,  At The Fair and Put Your Camo On, continues Jim's  exploration of his home state.

Jim's songs take you on a tour of New Hampshire, as he points out people, places and events.  Here is just a sampling of some of the things mentioned in Jim's songs:

The White Mountains, Portsmouth, Meriden, Henniker, (Executive Counselor) Ray Burton, Ocean Born Mary, the Swift River, Meredith Bay, Old Home Day, the Thresher, leaf peeping, maple candy, pumpkins, peaches, plums, apple picking, blueberry pie, the Bow Street Fair, apple crisp, cider donuts Plaistow, Keene, Madbury, Farmington, Fritz Wetherbee, Peyton Place and the Tilton Diner.

Whether a single word, phrase or entire song, when you listen to Jim's lyrics you know you are at home in New Hampshire.

To date, Jim's CD's have been purchased by people in more than forty states, as well as Canada, helping those "from away" to a greater understanding of life in the Granite State.

All of Jim's CD's are available through this website.  Just go to the "About the Albums & Songs page to sample the music and to place your order.