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Barry's newest CD "Spirit Dance“ is available now to purchase through and ITunes. Please click on go to the music page to purchase either the physical CD or downloads of the entire work or individual tracks. The "Rainmaker’s Garden” and “The Wind and The Water” are also available at A huge THANK YOU to all who have taken me with you so far...hope you enjoy!

Spirit Dance
“Spirit Dance” CD cover, featuring a portion of Barry’s painting “Spirit Dance”.


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Well, the road rolls on…and this musical journey continues. Lots of cool stuff has been happening and here’s just a bit! Production continues in Nashville and Central Illinois on Barry's next CD, the tenth…yeah, the10th! The working title is “Southland” and he's had a wonderful time working with Tim Carter of the Carter Bros. Band and world-renowned musical Carter family. Tim is co-producing with him in Nashville, with the Illinois portion being co-produced by BC and long-time collaborator Gary Manuel.

An early 2013 5-week long return trip to Southern Baja, Mexico turned into a working adventure where Barry was able to do a number of shows in the Todos Santos/Pescadero/Cerritos area. Radio interviews, songwriting workshops and the opportunity to write and record with David Raitt (Bonnie’s bro) made the getaway that much more fun. Barry sends thanks to all the good folks who hired him and came out to listen.

Barry was seen jammin’ in the legendary Chicago blues club, The Harlem Lounge, with the amazing Marty Sammon, Buddy Guy’s keyboard man!

Endorsement News: Barry is proud to announce that he's picked up an endorsement from Recording King Guitars. He will be providing some YouTube product demo videos and trade show stuff as well. Thanks so much to Ashley Atz of RK and Nashville’s amazing Roger Eaton for turning Barry on to this opportunity. Also Barry has landed endorsements for G7th capos, thanks to England’s Nick Campling and Seamus. Additionally. Breezy Ridge Instruments for their beautiful, functional guitar armrests, and Lutehole for their amazing soundhole covers have brought Barry on as an endorser for their fine guitar related products! Thanks to all and please check ‘em out, folks!

Internet Radio News: The digital world calls us all these days and Barry's tunes are now being played internationally by a number of internet stations including Jango , Celtic Roots Radio, The Songwriters Network, Delta Boogie Radio, The Airomee Wind Radio Show, The Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast episode #443, and Back Stage Vibe. Thanks to all these good folks for playin' Barry's music. He truly appreciates the opportunities!!


Barry performing

Barry is happy to continue his involvement with The Dan Fogelberg Tribute Concerts. Highlights: Sharing the stage in 2012 with the legendary Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Stills’ Manassass, etc) and Herb Pedersen (Emmy Lou Harris’ Hot Band, John Denver, The Dillards, etc.), members of Dan’s touring band, Michael Hanna and Robert McEntee and all the other great folks involved with this worthwhile effort including the Peoria Acoustic All-Stars.

Barry will be participating in the 4th annual DF Celebration Weekend in Peoria Labor Day Weekend 2013. For more information, go to

There's lotsa cool stuff’s happening…so stay tuned. Please check out the site's Calendar and jump on Facebook to keep up with the road show. C'mon out to a show and say howdy...Barry would love to see ya'll out there!

Barry performing at Dan Fogelberg Tribute ConcertBarry performing at Dan Fogelberg Tribute Concert



Barry in the studio
Barry's in the studio working on his
his new original CD release "Spirit Dance".

Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, performing over 200 shows per year, who has spent a lifetime creating a performance style that weaves the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music into a unique blend all his own. A strong vocalist and multi-instrumentalist as well as a storyteller, theatrical performer and historian, Barry delivers his music on a multitude of guitars (6 & 12 string, Dobro, high-strung, etc.) and other stringed instruments, such as 5-string banjo, mandolin, requinto and bouzouki. Honored by Chicago’s Millennium Park with inclusion as part of their series, “Great Performers of Illinois”, Barry is also a member of the Illinois Arts Council ArtsTour Roster.

His first CD release "The Wind and the Water" features all original music and some of Nashville's finest session musicians including members of Amy Grant’s, Stephen Stills’ and EmmyLou Harris’ bands. The follow-up CD’s, are “After the Storm”, a Celtic/Americana piece, “Yuletide Fire”, an acoustic Christmas CD, “The Rainmaker’s Garden”, featuring 12 original songs and the latest all original CD “Spirit Dance”, with 11 of Barry’s newer songs. He tours primarily as a solo artist, but also associates with a fine group of musicians who can accompany him in various formats. Barry fronts a duo called “Clones”, and a band named “Celtricity” which has appeared as a three piece, four piece or five piece group, depending on the requirements of the venue. “Celtricity” is jam band/fusion group that weaves together the genres of Folk, Celtic, Blues, Roots, World and Barry’s original music.

Barry has co-written, produced and toured more than 20 original folk musicals, written more than 350 songs, and has appeared in over 300 TV commercials and 70 industrial films, some of which have been shown internationally. He is also a regular guest on radio and television programs wherever he travels. In addition, Barry has performed/toured in Ireland, England, Wales, Mexico, the Caribbean and much of the U.S. and is a co-founder, with Brian “Fox” Ellis, of Prairie Folklore Theatre. PFT is a touring theatre company which creates and produces original musical theatre based on the history of the Prairie and Great Lakes States. Prairie Folklore Theatre has also produced CD’s of four of its original shows, “Prairie Fire”, “A Prairie Christmas”, “River Ghosts” and “Civil War Ghosts and Legends”. Additional upcoming projects include Barry’s sixth solo CD, to be recorded partially at Tim Carter’s Nashville studio and another PFT CD release. Also Barry is featured in a Prairie Folklore Theatre documentary film project entitled “Voices for the River” (funded by the Illinois EPA).

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