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   HOME PAGE      NEXT OAK ROOM CONCERT on Thursday 21st June 2018



THURSDAY 21st JUNE - 7-45pm


folk singer/songwriter and star of
talent show



SIR TOM JONES commenting after 
first hearing Sally sing: -

“For me, it was just full of emotion. 
It was just so beautiful that I 
couldn’t help myself. 

You swept me off my feet.” 

Sally Barker has been around for decades but her voice just 

gets better with age... Whether she is singing to seven 

million on the final of TV's 'The Voice' or to 7 people 

in a local folk club Sally is the consummate professional. 

She has the ability to lift the words off the page as if 

you were hearing them for the first time.


Sally came to national prominence in 2014 when she 

appeared in prime-time tv programme 'The Voice'.  

She was Sir Tom Jones' finalist, reducing Sir Tom, 

and viewers alike, to tears with her flawless 

performances.  Sally subsequently turned down 

a £75,000 advance and the opportunity to record a 

covers album for Universal, choosing to finish 

The Pooziesalbum 'Into the Well', work on songs 

for her new album, 'Ghost Girl' and perform with the

 re-formed Fotheringay alongside the original 

surviving members.


Inspired to write songs and perform from the age of 

10 by the likes of John Martyn, Janis Ian, Steelye Span 

and Bonnie Raitt, Sally was performing folk and blues 

in pubs and folk clubs in the Midlands by her late teens, 

going on to win the 1986 Kendal Songsearch Competition 

with her song 'Hunting the Buffalo'.  A record deal with 

Joe Boyd's Hannibal label followed and Sally formed 

all-female folk super-group 'The Poozies' with 

Karen Tweed, Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster.


Opening for both Bob Dylan and Robert Plant solo 

and touring consistently, releasing albums along the 

way, Sally's future plans were shattered when her 

husband died of cancer in 2003. With 2 small children 

to care for Sally's 2003 album 'Maid in England', 

which had been six years in the making, was muted 

by the death of her husband and she lost the desire 

to perform her own songs. 


As a young widow Sally studied for a degree in 

Music Technology and took to performing Joni Mitchell 

songs in a duo with piano and dulcimer player Glenn Hughes. 

Gradually, Sally began to perform her own songs again.  

By now teenagers, it was her sons Dillon and Ben who 

persuaded her to enter 'The Voice UK', bringing her 

back into the limelight and back on the 'road' again.


Sally's 'Ghost Girl' album was released to coincide with her 

appearance as 'Special Guest' on Fairport Convention's 

Winter tour 2017 as they celebrated their 50 years on the road. 

“A beautiful but haunting album, 'Ghost Girl' is 

chilling in its delivery and intense in its feeling. 

An album of finely woven and exquisite tales"

Liverpool Sound and Vision

In September 2017 Sally and US guitar wizard and 

songwriter Vicki Genfan released 

'In the Shadow of a Small Mountain'.  

The Morning Star's James Miller wrote:

“Its warm, low-key storytelling sits somewhere between 

Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Sandy Denny and 

is every bit as accomplished as that comparison suggests"


“Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings

Radio 2's Chris Evans

“The emotion and passion in her voice, the 

vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art 

that not too many singers can master” 

Maverick Magazine

2018 will see Sally perform in the new trio IOTA 

with Anna Ryder and Marion Fleetwood as well as 

solo and as a duo with her son songwriter Dillon Harold Thomas. 




Another Train - The Compilation (2000)

Maid in England (re-release 2014) 

including the songs 'Dear Darlin' & 'To Love Somebody' (from 'The Voice')

Love Rat (EP) (2015) 

including the songs 'Walk On By' & 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' (from 'The Voice')

Ghost Girl (2017)

In the Shadow of a Small Mountain (2017) (duo CD with Vicki Genfan)



Sally Barker (1988) 

This Rhythm is Mine (1990) 

Beating The Drum (1992)

Favourite Dish (1996)