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Tim Barry @ Rosies

Date: April 2, 2011
Venue: Rosies (upstairs)
Acts: Tim Barry, Wollard & Burns, Jud Campbell

Some invisible barrier seems to prevent punters from encroaching closer than five metres from where local Jud Campbell is punching out a solid set of folk-punk. Maybe he has cooties, because a little later everyone is crowding the stage’s edge as if to hear every muted note and whispered vocal in Wollard and Burns‘ back-porch set.

Stage’s edge is still too distant for Tim Barry. Early on, the American drops the lead from his acoustic and plays unplugged amidst the crowd, harnessing their enthusiasm for a sing-along full of roaring voices and grinning faces.

Then a mid-set (and, as it proves, false) fire alarm forces the evacuation of Rosies. Rather than finishing early, Barry leads everyone down a nearby alley for a remarkable finale.

By the service entrance to one of Australia’s Big Four banks, surrounded by no-parking signs, with people perched on rubbish skips, Barry becomes the catalyst for one of those moments where heart trumps the system. He understands it. And he embraces it as he tells everyone: “Stop looking at me and start looking at each other!” Read more

Revival Tour @ The Zoo

Venue: The Zoo, Brisbane
Date: April 22, 2010
Event: The Revival Tour
Acts: Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, Tim Barry, Ben Nichols

Anyone even dimly aware of the acoustic collaborative event known as The Revival Tour would have heard the word “organic” thrown around in the street press with a fair degree of abandon.

For the cynical, it’s an invitation to dismiss the concept as pretension piled upon a cliché: how do you top the seemingly inevitable punk rocker desire to — sooner or later — wail away with only an acoustic guitar for backing?

Answer: you grab your best punk rock buddies and play swapsies all night long.

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