Barry HOLMES (1991)
Barry grew up listening to
country music on radio and this influenced him to learn the
guitar. He began performing with his friends at school dances in
the Grafton area.
In 1950 he moved to
formed the band “The Planets” and later “The Tremors” where they
club scene. At this stage he was playing mainly rock ‘n’ roll.
His love of country music was on hold.
Hi job as a rales rep took him
Sydney to Lismore. He
was asked to perform on RTN-8 which led to him being book as the
support act to Jimmy Little. Through Jimmy he was introduced to
Ted Quigg and this led to more bookings.
Barry was booked on country tours
with many of the top country performed as well as radio’s
“Nation Country Music Hour” and television shows John
Williamson’s “Travellin’ Out West” and Reg Lindsay’s “Country
then became a regular performed on the club circuit in Sydney,
Through contact with Nola Hirst
he was booked to perform on the cruise liners for P & O and CTC
In 1976 he released his first
record “Country Music Is My Way Of Living” on the Bunyip Label.
This led him to form the band “Country Express” and the band
released their debut album “Welcome To My World”, also on Bunyip
1991 – Inducted into the Hands of