Superb musicianship, respect for tradition but not afraid to take risks, to augment, create, and have FUN! That's Peter Barnes. He's very "instrumental" too. By that I mean, he plays piano, flute, penny whistle, harmonica, guitar and is learning the oboe at the moment. Other musicians love to play with him due to his good humor and his skill. All this translatesinto great music for all of us to enjoy. Lucky for all of us!
"Good Evening! Welcome to the Concord Scout House, and to another Monday night square and contra dance with Yankee Ingenuity" Since 1978 these super musicians have run a weekly dance. Their music is lively, sprightly, driving and a whole lot of fun! The music they play has evolved over the years. The jigs and reels from Anglo-Celtic tradition make up the bulk of their repertoire, but new tunes are included too. This recording captures their high spirits and is the next best thing to joining them at a dance.
Peter Barnes, Ruthie Dornfeld, Cal Howard, Mary Lea, Jack O'Connor, Tony Parkes, Joyce Desmarais, Grant Smith, Bill Tomczak, 1989
These very fine musicians, Peter Barnes - piano and guitar; Bill Tomczak- clarinet, tenor sax, dumbeck, banjo uke; and Dave Langford- fiddle and guitar, have been having a grand time playing together for several years. Now you can have an immensely good time listening to the Lizard's eclectic blending of Irish/ French/ Canadian/ Ragtime/ Rock/ Appalachian/ Jazz music in your very own home. Who are those dark-suited men at your door? It's the Latter Day Lizards!
Peter Barnes, Bill Tomczak, Dave Langford, 2002