Barry HOLMES (1991)

Barry Holmes

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 Sydney and formed the band “The Planets” and later “The Tremors” where they worked the Sydney 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 from 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 Homestead”.

He then became a regular performed on the club circuit in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Brisbane.

Through contact with Nola Hirst he was booked to perform on the cruise liners for P & O and CTC lines.

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 Records.

1991 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.