Barry McLoughlin

Barry McLoughlin

BandFolkAcoustic

5 STARS (Roots Music Report). Reminiscent of Lightfoot, Chapin, Croce, Cockburn, Kristofferson, Earle

Biography

Singer/songwriter BARRY McLOUGHLIN is emerging on the international acoustic scene as a compelling man of words with a charming narrative voice. The Dublin, Ireland born and Southern Ontario, Canadian raised troubadour resides in Sioux Lookout, North Ontario. McLoughlin’s narrative tributes stir the spirit, beckoning ballads still the heart, and landscape portraits capture the wonder of it all. Barry first appeared on the Massey Hall, Toronto stage at age 17 to showcase his original songs. His songwriting craft has been featured across the USA on Tom May’s "River City Folk Show". A remarkable variety of tracks from McLoughlin’s debut "Pieces" CD (2004) received airplay in 18 countries. The 14 track collection of original songs received a 5 STAR rating from Roots Music Report, Texas. McLoughlin’s anticipated "Windswept" CD (2008) has arrived. His pre-release single "Christmas Carol" (Dec ’07) received holiday season airplay across Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Netherlands and the USA. The seasonal ballad hit the monthly TOP 5 for Canadian airplay on Richard Gillmann’s International Folk-DJ List ranking between songs from Joni Mitchell and Bruce Cockburn. McLoughlin’s haunting tributes to Lieutenant General Romeo D’Allaire and the missing young women along Northern British Columbia’s "Highway of Tears" evoke the spirits of silenced angels. His signature voice and romantic ballads probe the recesses of our fragile human relationships. Title track "Windswept" sets the tone, "Canada" transports the listener across the country, "Met on the Internet" brightens the day, and "Harry" commemorates Mr. Chapin. "Armed with a voice both haunting and soothing, acoustic guitar in hand, Barry is a captivating singer/songwriter" (Shannon Ambrose, Managing Editor, Artist Launch Magazine, Canada) "A fine Canadian singer/songwriter in the tradition of Gordon Lightfoot and Blue Rodeo" (Tom May, River City Folk Show, USA) "I have a high respect for artists like you who give the listeners the feeling that the artistic process is the search for quality" (Mike Penard, American Roots Music, France)

Lyrics

5th Avenue

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

I've got your picture in my pocket
A burning in my heart
We cannot be together - Baby
It's tearing me apart
Think I'll head out on the highway
Straight up # 69
Need to get out to the lakeshore
Too much pressure on my mind

5th Avenue
I could simply say
I'm just passing through

To see you from a distance
To look into your eyes
To touch you on the shoulder
To hold you for awhile
I'm feeling kind of nervous
As I pull up into town
I know you'll never leave him
Baby - It's getting me down

5th Avenue
We could find a secret hideaway
Like we used to do
5th Avenue

Taken one too many chances
To share the love that we both know
Is it time to turn aside
Is it time for you and I
To let him know

I know it won't be easy
For either one to take
This living on the sidelines
Is keeping me awake
Better take a slight detour
A full about face
The memory will haunt me - Baby
Of the lover I erased

5th Avenue
I could have simply said
I'm just passing through
5th Avenue
We could find a secret hideaway
Like we used to do
5th Avenue

Christmas Carol

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

This song's for you my Christmas Carol,
You are the lamp that guides me home,
This is for you my Christmas Carol,
You are the hearth that keeps me warm.

Angelic light upon your face,
Eternal warmth of your embrace,
There's no other time or place,
I'd rather be this Christmas Day,
You're the North Star in my sky,
You're my yuletide lullaby,
Hang the mistletoe on high,
Merry Christmas.

This song's for you my Christmas Carol,
You are the path that leads my way,
This is for you my Christmas Carol,
You are the brush that paints my day.

Angelic light upon your face,
Eternal warmth of your embrace,
There's no other time or place,
I'd rather be this Christmas Day,
You're the North Star in my sky,
You're my yuletide lullaby,
Hang the mistletoe on high,
Merry Christmas.

Angelic light upon your face,
Eternal warmth of your embrace,
There's no other time or place,
I'd rather be this Christmas Day,
You're the North Star in my sky,
You're my yuletide lullaby,
Hang the mistletoe on high,
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas.

Canada

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

Canada

Music and lyrics by Barry McLoughlin (SOCAN)
© 2007 Narrative Music (SOCAN)

I think I'll take a train to Montreal
Then head on to the port of Halifax
There's something bout the pounding
Of two thousand tons of steel
Along those tracks

I long to taste the ocean spray
And see the mighty freighters hug the shore
Then spend the night in some old bar
And chat it up with strangers for awhile

Oh what a country Canada
I long to hold you close Canada
From the oceans
Through the tundra
To the northern lights
I love ya Canada

Maybe North Ontario
Where waters weave through forests after dark
Where Gitchee Manitou is King
And nature rules the beating of your heart

There's a girl I love in one small town
And maybe we could settle for awhile
I love her and she loves me
And we both know that moving is my style

Oh what a country Canada
I long to hold you close Canada
From the oceans
Through the tundra
To the northern lights
I love ya Canada

Native sun
Etched upon the midnight sky
Southern businessman
Straightens out his crooked tie
While the farmhand
Prays for the rainfall

Through the prairie hear the whistle blowin
Right on through the mountains to the west
Where children dream of grizzly nights
And families share their evenings by the fire

I'd sit up all night singing songs
And wake up to the calling of a loon
Maybe take a cabin by the water
And I'd sleep right in till noon

Oh what a country Canada
I long to hold you close Canada
From the oceans
Through the tundra
To the northern lights
I love ya Canada

Oh what a country Canada
I long to hold you close Canada
From the oceans
Through the tundra
To the northern lights
I love ya Canada

From the oceans
Through the tundra
To the northern lights
I love ya

Canada

Windswept

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

WINDSWEPT

It's a windswept kind of day
Nothing matters anyway
Since you looked at me that way
My heart just blew away
On a windswept kind of day

It's a windswept kind of day
Nothing matters anyway
Since you looked at me that way
My heart just blew away
On a windswept kind of day

I'm walking aimless through my town
What brought me up now brings me down
Not a single soul in sight
Just the fading of the light
On a windswept kind of day

It's a windswept kind of day
Nothing matters anyway
Since you looked at me that way
My heart just blew away
On a windswept kind of day

Cold wind a howling
Chills me to the bone
Unfamiliar surroundings
In the place that I call home

Like the sunset sinking low
One place left for me to go
Back into a time and place
I fought hard to erase
On a windswept kind of day

It's a windswept kind of day
Nothing matters anyway
Since you looked at me that way
My heart just blew away
On a windswept kind of day

Since you looked at me that way
My heart just blew away
On a windswept kind of day

Music and lyrics by Barry McLoughlin (SOCAN)
© 2007 Narrative Music (SOCAN)

Romeo (Canadian Soldier)

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

ROMEO (CANADIAN SOLDIER)

Romeo in Rwanda
I teach my children about you
The great Canadian soldier
The heart of darkness exposed you

You shook hands with the Devil
One hundred days
Eight hundred thousand screaming angels
Over Africa 1994
Cried for mercy
But not even Kofi
Deployed a mercenary saviour to your door

Romeo in Rwanda
I teach my children about you
The great Canadian soldier
The heart of darkness exposed you

Apocalyptic newscasts
Sweeping the nation
Oh that's awful
Change the channel
Don't look back - No - No
The US, France and UK say
It's much too risky anyway
No resources
Only humans
Painted black - ohoh

Romeo in Rwanda
I teach my children about you
The great Canadian soldier
The heart of darkness exposed you

Kigali nightmares
No ghosts of glory
Machete flashes
Limbless dancers
Infest your raging soul
Splayed upon the church floors
Shattered legs
Broken girls
Startled eyes seek refuge
From the raging storm

Like Marlowe on the Congo
The falcon cannot hear the falconer no more

Allelu - iaaa - Allelu - iaaa

You still believe in God
Shook hands with the Devil
The dialect of pure absence
Amazing grace
Your sacred testimony grieves
The common spirit enemy
Held a mirror to the shadow
Of our bleeding hearts

Romeo in Rwanda
I teach my children about you
The great Canadian soldier
The heart of darkness exposed you

Romeo in Rwanda
The whited sepulchre launched you
Sins of omission still haunt you
The great Canadian soldier
The great Canadian soldier

Allelu - iaaa - Allelu - iaaa

© 2007 Narrative Music (SOCAN)
Music and lyrics by Barry McLoughlin (SOCAN)



Met on the Internet

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

MET ON THE INTERNET

I woke up this morning
Grabbed my coffee
Checked my e-mail
Another message from a million miles away
She says she wants me needs me
More and more each day
I must be crazy cause I'm feeling the same way

I'm falling in love
With a girl from the Philippines
Never even seen her smile
We met on the Internet
Still haven't seen her yet
But Baby I love your style

She sends me letters
Full of lovey, dovey lines
It's been two months now
Since I first met her online
She says she cannot eat nor sleep
Neither can I
A shot of Jack cannot
Erase her from my mind

I'm falling in love
With a girl from the Philippines
I've never even seen her smile
We met on the Internet
Still haven't seen her yet
But Baby I love your style

I open up the big screen Baby
What do I see?
You're big brown eyes looking back at me
A vision of perfection
This cannot be
Infatuated virtual reality

Another long day
At the office
Feelin blue
I kick my heels up cannot stop dreaming of you
Well ICQ and I see you hanging around
My virtual lady oh she's trying to track me down

I'm falling in love
With a girl from the Philippines
Never even seen her smile
We met on the Internet
Still haven't seen her yet
But Baby I love your style

I'm falling in love
With a girl from the Philippines
I've never even seen her smile
We met on the Internet
Still haven't seen her yet
But Baby I love your style

Music and lyrics by Barry McLoughlin (SOCAN)
© 2007 Narrative Music (SOCAN)



Slow Dancer

Written By: Barry McLoughlin

Slow Dancer

A dusty jar
Behind a paint can in the shed
I pop the lid
To find a locket cased in red
Silver plating
Has tarnished over time
Suddenly I'm drifting
To another place and time

I met her on a Friday night
Out drinking with the boys
Shooting pool and tossing darts
And making too much noise
She came to claim me
As she took me by the hand
Come Monday morning
The boy'd become a man

I'm slow dancing
With a phantom in my head
Slow dancing
With a shadow in my bed
Slow dancing
With a tempest in my soul
Slow dancer softly echoes in my mind
"Hey Baby it's way past closing time"

I held the locket by the window
Safe and tight
Popped the lid
To see her face bathed in the light
Inscription read "I love you
Light of My Life"
Funny how the times can change
Over night

I'm slow dancing
With a phantom in my head
Slow dancing
With a shadow in my bed
Slow dancing
With a tempest in my soul
Slow dancer softly echoes in my mind
"Hey Baby it's way past closing time"

How I love you now
Like I loved you then
Like I always will

Replaced the jar
Behind the paint can in the shed
Locked the door
And headed home to go to bed
Turn on the radio
And much to my delight
Hear Clapton singing out
"Wonderful Tonite"

I'm slow dancing
With a phantom in my head
Slow dancing
With a shadow in my bed
Slow dancing
With a tempest in my soul
Slow dancer softly echoes in my mind
"Hey Baby it's way past closing time"

Music and lyrics by Barry McLoughlin (SOCAN)
© 2007 Narrative Music (SOCAN)



Discography

"WINDSWEPT" - 2008
14 Original Tracks

"PIECES" - 2004
14 Original Tracks

Set List

2 Sets - 45 minutes each (original material)

Sets may be added with acoustic covers of the likes of classic James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Blue Rodeo and U2 tunes.