Barry Calthorpe is Living Entertainer (Vocalist/Instrumentalist) 2019 Inductee from Yarker in Lennox & Addington County.
Born to a musical family, Barry’s father and uncle played for square dance parties. His father taught him how to play a song on the dobro at just ﬁve years old. Ten years later, Barry heard Bob Goodberry playing and singing at a house party and that convinced Barry to switched to a spanish guitar. Barry has always been interested in different instruments. Over the years he’s learned to play mandolin, ﬁddle, banjo, and bass.
Barry, his sister and brother in-law used to play for house parties and weddings, but when they joined the Kingston and District Old Tyme Fiddlers, they ended up playing 300 times a year at nursing homes, hospitals and private functions. Over the years Barry has shown many people how to play guitar. Barry started playing dobro with Bill White and White Pine about ten years ago. Since that point, he’s played all the major bluegrass festivals in Ontario, some in New York State and some in Quebec. Barry has been nominated five times for dobro player of the year at the CCBA‘s awards show held every year in Huntsville. When Barry’s wife Sheila started playing and singing, they formed Cold Country and began performing on their own. To date they have produced 6 CDs. At seventy-eight, Barry believes he’s been playing one instrument or another for over seventy years!