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'Love & Highways'
"...on his new album Love & Highways he’s managed to capture the often elusive mysterious country/roots music vibe that’s been mined to great effect by T Bone Burnett.....these songs are honest and telling due to a total lack of pretension or insincerity."
Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine (Canada)


"Last fall's echo-y Roots Canadiana classic,  Love & Highwaysby String Bone (AKA Barry James Payne), has been creeping into the Orbital flight pattern lately, by the grace of an anthem-level tune called Where Do You Go.
Calling for alliances of flesh and philosophy throughout the album, ("Let's go out and change the world / feel the power of your love"), this singular song stands out as a stark and lonesome summons to kindred spirits lost in the frosty circumstances of larger political developments. Feeling that?"
Paul Corby, Corby's Orbit, Radio Regent (Canada)



'nadir'
"taking the long way home at 5am cause you don't want to stop listening"
JiveWired (USA)

“Gordon Lightfoot and Lucinda Williams’ lovechild?
....if the alt.country stalwarts do it for you, with an added Lightfoot touch, then this is worth checking out.”

Patrick Wilkins, Americana-UK, (UK)


Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart & soul.
String Bone is the brain and soulchild of Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne. Starting from the singularly fertile soils of Payne’s native Southwestern Ontario, String Bone takes audiences on a journey of landscapes and emotions to the hardscrabble coalmines and plains of Americana, with a detour to the lush green hills of the British Isles. Lovers of alt-country, blues, folk, pop, rock and other contemporary and traditional elements will all feel welcome and at home on the String Bone wagon.

Music Star - Norderstedt/Hamburg, Germany 2010. L-R Harrie Brekelsman, Barry James Payne, 'Uncle Dan' Henshall. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Music Star - Norderstedt/Hamburg, Germany 2010. L-R Harrie Brekelsman, Barry James Payne, 'Uncle Dan' Henshall. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Standing in Rock 'n' Roll doorway. Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Standing in Rock 'n' Roll doorway. Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Sarah Hallman

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Sarah Hallman

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

May11

Harrington, ON - Harrington Hall - Barry will perform with his band Rant Maggie Rant

May4

Sarnia, ON - Imperial Theatre - SSID Gala - Barry will perform with his band Rant Maggie Rant as guests of the Sarnia School of Irish Dance's annual Gala

May2

Stratford, ON - Black Swan w/ Allison Brown 6PM-8PM

Apr27

Newmarket, ON - Newmarket Folk Society - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant

Apr13

Toronto, ON - Relish - Barry performs with his band String Bone

Apr11

Stratford, ON - Revival House - Barry and his band String Bone will perform with Ginger St. James also on the bill.

Mar31

London, ON - Aeolian Hall - EcoFolk Fundraiser - Barry plays with members of Rant Maggie Rant in support of Talbot Thames Land Trust annual fundraiser

Mar17

Stratford, ON - Revival House - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant for their annual St. Patrick's Day celebration show

Mar16

Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room Live - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant, their 8th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration show at Hugh's Room Live

Mar9

Ailsa Craig, ON - Ye Olde Towne Hall - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant for a pre-St. Paddy's event.

Mar8

Stratford, ON - Boar's Head - Barry has fun playing a bunch of covers with Derek Barnes.

Feb9

Stratford, ON - Revival House - Barry's Mid-Winter Kitchen Party! featuring Barry James Payne & String Bone, My Father's Son & Deni Gauthier

Feb2

London, ON - The Root Cellar - Tapped In: Mid-winter Music Series - Barry plays with his trio String Bone

Jan26

Stratford, ON - Avondale United Church - Stratford Symphony Orchestra - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant as special guests of the symphony.

Jan18

Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre - Barry will be performing with his band Rant Maggie Rant

Oct17

Kitchener, ON - Boathouse - 8:00pm

Barry James Payne w/ Steve Wood (pedal steel) & Sammy Duke (bass & percussion). Triple bill with Allison Brown and Alison Corbett

Aug11

St. Marys, ON - RiverRock w/ Payne & Taylor

Jul21

London, ON - Willie P. Bennett Tribute at The Home County Music & Art Festival

Jun29

Hamilton, ON - ArtwordArtbar w/ Allison Brown & Uncle Dan

Jun1

Stratford, ON - Revival House - String Bone w/ Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar