The Shillings (formerly The Barry Walsh Band)

Thu 7th December, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
The Shillings (formerly The Barry Walsh Band)

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Tagged in: Country, Folk

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Following the rave reviews of their support slot to Fairport Convention, the band have gone on to win the hearts of crowds with high profile appearances at Bristol Harbourside Festival, and further afield supporting The Wurzels in Wellington, and wowing audiences in Taunton, Burnham, Porlock and Bridgewater. They are currently turning heads on BBC Radio Bristol and have been filmed by Sky TV, BBC 2 and performed live on BBC Points West.

“The SHILLINGS headlined and their set didn’t disappoint in any way. In fact it was brilliant !! Stirring songs rendered with great passion and skill. Musicians at the top of their game rocking the whole place.” – Chairman, The Ritz Acoustic Club , Burnham on Sea .

“Is there no end to the brilliance of this band?!

Listening to this song about a place thousands of Kms from New Zealand I feel the very beauty the very passion of “Porlock Hill.” I cant believe that musical magic can be surpassed. Well it has been. This song is as beautiful as the heavens at night when the stars whisper their silent appreciation to hearing “Porlock Hill”

There is a saying “The universe is unfolding as it should.” This just means the universe is showing us more and more beauty as we explore beyond our imagination.

Well “Barry Walsh is unfolding as he should.” This means that Barry is showing us the brilliance of his music beyond our imagination.

Barry once again you have me hooked on your music. It is far safer than any drug and Ohhh my God the trip it takes me on so so sooooo much better than any other trip anyone can ever experience.

This song “Porlock Hill” is pure gold. ……“ – Gavin Gosney, Howick Radio NZ.


Barry formed the band in 2010 and is very well known as a prolific writer of catchy melodies with engaging lyrics, telling stories in his songs about the Somerset area. Respected agent John Miles has been quoted as saying ” in 50 and 100 years from now people will still be playing Barry Walsh songs”.


Graham has been playing 1st guitar with Barry since 2012.

He has been playing guitar since the age of 7, and enjoys playing a wide range of styles from Gypsy Jazz to Heavy Rock!

Originally from Fordingbridge in Hampshire, he has performed and recorded with a variety of bands. Notable gigs have included the International Beatles Festival in Liverpool and the Jazz En Liberte Festival in Andernos-les-Bains, France.

As well as guitar, Graham also plays Ukulele, banjo, Lap Steel & Baritone guitar .

LOUISE WALSH – vocals/mandolin/ukelele

A relative newcomer to the music scene, Louise is a singer/ songwriter/ guitarist in her own right and released her debut album ‘Blue Sky’ in 2013. She has performed with her own band at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Harbourside Festival and at the Colston Hall. Louise joined the band in late 2012.

SARAH MITCHELL – violin/vocals

Sarah sings and plays violin with the band.

Previously she has recorded and toured both nationally and internationally with Stackridge, including playing Glastonbury, Cropredy and on the Late, Late Show in Hollywood, USA.

As a vocalist she has worked with the Korgis, K-Passa and many other local bands. Sarah joined the band in 2011.

RICH LANHAM – bass guitar

Rich joined the band in 2015 on Bass/vocals. Having had a varied career from playing at the first Glastonbury Festival (Prog Rock) through Radio One sessions band MacArthur Park and various other bits and pieces of recording over the years.