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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 Poozies' album 'Into the Well', work on songs
for her new album, 'Ghost Girl' and perform with the
re-formed Fotheringay alongside the original
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”
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)