New Hampshire's very own Folk Singer, Troubadour, Irish Balladeer and Actor
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. Recently 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 in September 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 has penned a fair number of songs, including the critically acclaimed A Soldier’s Farewell, written in honor of America’s men and women in uniform, Homecoming, a haunting commentary on America's waste of human resources and the lovely Sunny Summer Sunday, as well as such whimsical fan favorites as Trouble At The Dump and Flatlanders. Whatever the occasion, be it a pub setting, a fund-raising concert or an intimate family gathering, whether performing traditional Irish or American music or his own original songs, Jim Barnes will entertain you like no other.