Barry Mullis
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Barry Mullis

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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



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.