Award winning singer/songwriter Barrie Dempsey plays more than just electric and acoustic guitar. His musical talents also include flute, harmonica, piano, lead and harmony vocals.
Born in New Jersey, after high school he 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.
His influences include John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Paul Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Greg Allman among others. Barrie learned to play blues harmonica listening and playing along with John Lee Hooker and John Mayall records for hours on end.
Barrie Dempsey moved to California in the mid 70’s and was a member of the Amber Band. They did covers and originals and recorded a documentary of the band with all original works for San Diego State University that won an award in 1980. Amber Band was the house band at the Bull and Bear in El Cajon, Ca. for more than a year with a strong following.
Around 2005 Barrie started writing his own songs on acoustic guitar. Currently he has released two CD's titled "Barrie Dempsey" and "Line In The Sand". He expects to release his 3rd Spring 2020.