Barry was born in Cambridge, MA and grew up in a musical
family. His Dad an opera tenor, Mom a pianist, and Grandpa
played the banjo, guitar and mandolin. With all these musical
influences it is no surprise that Don picked up the bass,
guitar, ukelele, ... things with strings, and has played
music for over 40 years.
Early in the 1970's he spent
time playing in local Boston area bands which led him to a
summer working in the house band in a Catskills resort. There
he picked up his appreciation for jazz, blues and developed
his chops on the string bass. Don toured with Lonesome Dave
Clark, and Chicago Bob, ex-Muddy Waters player and played
regular gigs with Luther Johnson down at the old Highland
Tap, Speakeasy, and Bunratty's in the 1970s.
the 80's Don took a break from playing live music to raise a
family. He did continue to be involved with theater sound
design, audio electronics, and appeared on stage in local
community theater. He rejoined the music scene in the mid
1990s to do fill-ins on both bass and acoustic guitar. In
early 2000's he began to perform at benefits and the
occasional pub with Maria Breen's Just For Fun and Acoutic
In 2000's, Don joined the Lenny
Solomon Band playing bass on Lenny's third CD Maybe
He now appears regularly in the Solomon Band, and the more
acoustic Solomon Trio, at clubs, concerts and coffee houses
in the Metro Boston area.
A lover of bluegrass and
country music, Don revived his early influences, performing
with singer songwriter Dawn
Kenney and played on her Feel
CD and appeared with Dawn at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival,
Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the New England Country Music
Organization (NECMO)show in Pigeon Forge TN, Blue Grass on
the Bogs, Stone Soup, and other local New England festivals,
coffee houses and shows. In 2012 Don appeared with the Dawn
Kenney Band playing at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
Don was a
performer at the Taunton River Folk Festival, playin bass for
Radcliff, and Backstage Blues band at Steve's
Backstage Pass in Taunton MA.
Don played bass for
folk singer and songwriter, Dale
Robbin Goodman, on her newest CD Sweet
which was recorded by
Wepecket Island Records.
In addition to the
annual tour with the Wepecket
Rolling Roots Revue, and hosting Cafe Milano's open mic,
Don recorded an album with bluesman Sherman
Lee Dillon, from Jackson MS. The CD, State
of the Blues
is Sherman's own Mississippi take on some old favorites and
some new tunes written for the album. In 2014 Sherman won
“Blues Album Of The Year” from the Rural Roots
Music Society for this CD.
Don also played bass on Jim
of the Romantics
CD available at Wepecket
Island Records. Don also help to produce the CD, "We
really captured Jim's special style that has been a mainstay
in the Newport music scene for decades."
joined Steve Ventura's Mill
City Growlers, along with Mike Paolucci on guitars and
Paul Curran on sax, flute, and harp. The Growlers perform a
jazz, blues, and country mix of mostly orginal music around
the Southeast Massachusetts region and have recorded their
debut CD, Questionable
available at the MC
Growlers web site.
Don is the “house”
bass player for Wepecket Island Records, and has toured and
recorded with many of the artists on that label.
In addition to all
that bass playing, Don also plays guitar and sings, and is
currently working on a CD of his original songs, to be
released... someday :)
That's all for
now, stay tuned ... ♫