Influenced by the lyrics of the Appalachians, Barry Ingle offers a unique new sound, one free of traditional piano structures, emerging through exploration rather than recitation. The lyrics, voice, and instrumentation are inseparable.He has over a decade’s experience playing and gigging, is self-taught and has been influenced by Jim Croce, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Mozart and Chopin.
He is an innovative piano player and composer of powerful lyrical imagery, himself.
Mario Castellano - A jazz, Rn’B, and funk bass guitarist and composer. He has played mostly at jazz clubs such as La Cave in Newport Beach, CA, Jupiter's in Berkeley, CA, The Last Day Saloon in San Francisco, CA, and the Catamaran in San Diego, CA.
He has 22 years experience playing and gigging. His influences are Jaco Pastorius, the Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Mario has studied with Mike Corneilson and Vernon Porter. He is currently studying with Baba Elephant.
Mario is from Huntington Beach, CA and currently resides in Austin, TX.
Marty Higman - A fusion, jazz, progressive drummer and composer. He has performed at the Atlantis Music Conference and Berklee College of Music several times. Has also played venues all along the East Coast - Recorded with Everlasting Earle (rock band), Barney's Jive Band (jam band),
The House Experiment (fusion band), Springs Eternal (rock band), Deadwood (metal band) and numerous singer/ songwriters. Marty has also have recorded his own material.
Barry Ingle - piano/vocals
Mario Castellano - bass guitar
Marty Higman - drums
Way the Other Way (2006)
Barry Ingle's Monastery
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"This is a fascinating, evocative debut by Seattle singer-songwriter, Barry Ingle. The sound is int..."This is a fascinating, evocative debut by Seattle singer-songwriter, Barry Ingle. The sound is intimate, just Ingle's voice and his piano accompaniment. His voice is distinctively warm and precise, with a bittersweet, almost ironic uality, somehow both sad and bemused, passionate yet aloof. It's a quality that's well suited to these vivid portraits, capturing the strengths and vulnerabilities of his colorful characters. There's Miss Anna, the neighborhood eccentric alcoholic whom the children both ridicule and pity, or the monk who tends the flowers and a secret passion for a brother monk in "Monastery." A less skillful writer would reduce these characters to mere types, but Ingle avoids cliches and renders them with insight and compassion. A meditative, intriguing collection from a new artist worth watching."
Fresh Ear - by Rob Chin
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"Pegging Barry Ingle as the gay male Tori Amos is entirely too easy. For one thing, Ingle openly ci..."Pegging Barry Ingle as the gay male Tori Amos is entirely too easy. For one thing, Ingle openly cites her as an influence, and for another, on Monastery he largely sticks to solo piano, Amos' most trademark sound. The clincer is Ingle's Wizard of Oz redux, "Tornadoes" --you'll swear it's a Tori cover when he sings lines like "you must be the good witch 'cause you say you're pretty/I'm feeling like the bad one 'cause they say I'm ugly." Where the two differ most is subject matter: While Amos can sometimes float off into the ether lyrically, Ingle stays firmly grounded in real-life situations. Singing in a voice that sounds like a cross between Elton John and Al Stewart, Ingle's chosen leitmotif is people trapped in all manner of unfortunate circumstances...These detailed character sketches are Ingle's greatest strength - there's a warmth and a brightness to his music, but it's the figures in the shadows that linger longest in your mind."
The Stranger Picks...
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"Barry Ingle, a man who could easily be called "twee," is amongh Seattle's most talented and charism..."Barry Ingle, a man who could easily be called "twee," is amongh Seattle's most talented and charismatic singer/songwriters. Monastery, his debut LP, is more sophisticated and introspective than much of the work in the current Northwest Top 20. While his gentle piano ballads will likely never make him beloved by Seattle's music scene, my bet is that he'll transcend his city in a few years and be picked up by a major label, at which point he will be loved by tener, fragmented souls across the country. Meantime, he does his gig in Madrona where he performs haunting, meditative music to people shoveling food into their faces." Jeff DeRoche
A Monk for Music
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"...From the first smooth words and softly accompanied piano notes of "Miss Anna," (Barry) Ingle is ..."...From the first smooth words and softly accompanied piano notes of "Miss Anna," (Barry) Ingle is progressively more and more engaging - a provacative vocalist whose created space feels warm and safe as he sings - even in this particular song about loneliness and eccentricity of the neighborhood's misunderstood lady. While his portraits are modern adn vivildly described, his voice recalls older, pivotal voices in music-folksters like John Denver or even James Taylor, but more specifically, a young Elton John, in performance style and voice, sweet and soulful.
....Ingle is a fantastic and skilled lyricist. Phrasing leads into a general framework of storytelling, but adjectives and descriptions are well-chosen, direct and avoid overused chiches..."
Set list is all originals
Generally 2 hour play-time
List of songs:
apple trees and honey bees
milk and honey
way the other way
queen of the underground
enough, cha cha cha
what you wish for