Originally from County Armagh but now living and working in Belfast, Barry Kerr is one of Ireland’s most accomplished traditional musicians.
As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output. Having recorded his first solo album at age seventeen he has gone on to tour the world both as a solo performer and in the company of artists such as Cara Dillon, Phil Coulter and At First Light. His songs and compositions have been recorded by the likes of karan Casey, Flook, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane and Kate Rusby.As a painter he is fast becoming an important figure in contemporary Irish Art,exhibiting at home and abroad to high critical acclaim.
“Growing up through The Troubles directly affected my outlook and subsequent artistic output to a great extent. It formed my opinions on social justice and equality. I expressed these opinions in my song compositions on numerous occasions.I was in turn drawn to artists who wrote about similar issues and this helped develop my own approach to songwriting.”