Denver singer-songwriter Barry Osborne plays post punk old time banjo. He released his debut EP Back of the Title Page in 2018. In their review, Marquee Magazine wrote "With the same whimsical irreverence of John Hartford, Denver’s Barry Osborne takes the old-time clawhammer sound and blends it with his influences of early 1980s college rock."
In addition to writing songs and playing out in Denver and along Colorado's Front Range. in 2019 Barry developed his song cycle, What A Fool Might Suggest, enlisting a band to give his musical and storytelling vision greater depth and resonance.
On October 3, 2019 he debuted the song cycle with Olivia Shaw (of Avenhart) on fiddle, Niki Tredinnick (of The Dollhouse Thieves) on vocals and multiple instruments, and Yoni Fine on guitar to a full house in Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill Music. The band hopes to keep performing regularly and record the song cycle in 2020.
Whether solo or with a band, Barry leans into his clawhammer banjo playing to deliver humor and hard truths - often in the same song - to audiences.
Barry played Denver's Underground Music Showcase in both 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he was nominated for a Westword Music Award in the Folk/Bluegrass category.
First Unitarian Society of Denver Chapel, David Burchfield Sydney Clapp & Barry Osborne with Wayne Gilbert, Friday, November 15, 7pm
Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill Music, Barry Osborne featuring Olivia Shaw, Yoni Fine & Niki Tredinnick, Thursday, October 3
The Laughing Goat in Boulder, Barry Osborne, Tuesday, September 17
The UMS, Barry Osborne, Sunday, July 28
Mutiny Information Cafe, Hooper, Slynger, Disinherited, Fables of the Fall, Barry Osborne, Saturday, May 4
Riverwest Public House in Milwaukee, The Falderals and Barry Osborne, Saturday, April 20
Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse in Madison, The Falderals and Barry Osborne, Friday, April 19
Finnish Bistro in Saint Paul, The Falderals and Barry Osborne, Thursday, April 18
The Chimney Place, Thursday, March 7
Mutiny Information Cafe, Wednesday, January 16
Lion’s Lair, Tuesday, December 18, 8:30pm
Seventh Circle Music Collective, Thursday, November 29
Tuft Theatre @ Swallow Hill Music, Barry Osborne and Marvel West, Saturday, September 29
KGNU Kabaret, In-Studio Appearance, Tuesday, September 25
The UMS @ Baere Brewing, Sunday, July 29