Barry Mullis

Barry Mullis

BandFolkAdult Contemporary

Original songs rooted in the old-time styles of Irish, Blues, Cajun & Rockabilly


Singer/Songwriter Barry Mullis & Bassist Priscilla Boyle formed The Shots when they moved from the UK to San Francisco in 2002. She’s English and he’s Irish.
With Mullis on vocals guitar, banjo, mandola, harmonica & bodhran and Boyle on harmony vocals & upright bass, their sound is rooted in the music of the old world & the new world. They play traditional Irish & Scottish songs alongside Old-Time Appalachian, Bluegrass & Country songs. Their repertoire is all-encompassing, in addition to superb original songs, their set also includes songs by Dylan, Cash, Elvis, The Beatles, The Kinks Leadbelly, The Holy Modal Rounders & Gene Pitney.
Their 2003 CD, King Ludd is a collection of fourteen songs that include eleven meticulously crafted and performed Originals and Features Drummer, John Hiser adding delicate accompaniment on trap kit & percussion.
The Shots have performed at venues all over the Bay Area including The Great American Music Hall, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, Rancho Nicasio & The Mystic Theater in Petaluma. They’ve performed live on San Francisco’s KFog’s Morning Show, West Coast Live, KPIG in Santa Cruz and KWMR in Point Reyes Station.
With Mullis & Boyle forming the nucleus of the band, they’ve worked & played with a roster of local talents that have served their music and sound well.
In 2004 they recorded Climb which featured a host of Bay Area musicians including Aaron Balano on Dobro, Alison Bailey on fiddle, Jason Thor on Trombone & Trumpet and Roland Robles on Drums & Percussion.


King Ludd recorded in 2002. Features 11 originals and 3 covers including These Boots were Made For Walking. Available online at:
Second CD Climb, available online at: features more guest musicians on Cello, Trombone, Violin, Dobro. Twelve songs/tunes, six of which were Mullis originals.

Unreleased live Cd recorded in 2006 features Alison Bailey & Aaron Balano on Fiddle & Dobro respectively. Samples available at

Set List

Full set lasts 3 sets at 45mins. Consisting of equal helpings of original & covers:

It don't mean a Thing if it ain't got that Swing

Home By Bearna / Baby please don't go

Green Corn/Polly Wolly Doodle

Mary wore a red dress

Star of the county down

Mrs. Mcgrath

Making Whoopee

These Boots Were made for walking

Ball of malt

Hind Tit

Salty Dog

Black is the Color of my true love's hair

All Shook up


J'ai Entendu Le Train

Lough Erne Reel

Musical Priest


Nine Pound Hammer

Y Chromosome

Lady Madonna

I got the Whiskey

16 Tons

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Big Time Woman

If I didn't have a dime

Old Time religion


Step it Out Mary

Will you be lovin' another man

Divide & Rule

69 Waltz 

Mystery Train


You're his lover now

Ms. Houlihan

Billy the kid

Accentuate The Positive

Norwegian Wood

O My Love

Mairi's Wedding 

Cherokee Shuffle / Just Beca