"The more one writes, the better one gets"
Cat Stevens .me . Upper Baritone to mid tenor with good reletive pitch.
Cat Stevens James Taylor, The Beatles , The Eagles, Alabama, Garth Brooks
Songs by Barry Gilmour
Level of Experience:
Blues | Country | Folk and Traditional | Rock and Pop
By myself | For myself | With others | For others
I prefer to write:
Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements
Love song For a Friend c 1977 Warner Chappell SOCAN
How Long Has It Been c SOCAN 2014
This ones for April c SOCAN 2015
Why C SOCAN 2016
CAPAC Demo Grant circa 1988
half hour profile of my song witing on ASN TV The show was called New Faces circa 1987
I am interested in:
Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal
Retired from the University of Alberta Hospital as a registered respiratory therapist
I grew up in Halifax NS I left high school early
in grade 10 to go on the road at 16 years old and play music full time.
In those days one could work 6 to 7 nights a week and get free room and board.
I ended up traveling around the Atlantic Canadian bar circuit
it was common in those days for singers and guitar players
to cover for other bands and sit in when a band member was sick.
This was mainly due to the fact that all the bands were playing the same songs.
I had some early success with a songwriting when I wrote a song called "love Song for a friend" .
( CAPAC now Socan , Polydor records, Warner Chappel publishing circa 1977)
It did quite well on the Chumm stations in Atlantic Canada . AM Then.
I returned school to finish high school in 1987
I then studied and became a registered respiratory therapist which was my day job
After complting school, I played in various part time bands, and performed in a single act with midi
and continued to write songs.
While living in PEI I wrote a song called Sandcastles Song Fishermen Music CAPAC /SOCAN circa 1987 This was recorded by (Dino Daryl Dunsford) in 1987
It was included on a compilation album of PEI song writers called Dino and Friends.
The song was also was released as a single and reached the top 40
on the Canadian Country Charts circa 1987
It received some positive reviews in the industry press of the day. .
While I was living on PEI ,I was fortunate enough to be featured on a half hour documentary show .
about me and my music on the ASN network, called New Faces.
I also applied and received grant money from CAPAC for a demo project.
I was a founding member and vice president of the first PEI songwriters association. circa 1988
George Brothers was the President and we had many great song writers as members back then.
While I was living in PEI I was very fortunate to meet and spend some time with
Gene MacLellan at his home in PEI.
This is still ,to me the highlight of my career.
He was a humble,talented giving person
and had a way of making who ever he was talking to feel special.
Unfortunately I only met him that one time.
I also met Ron Hynes for the first time when in the studio in PEI.
I moved to Antgonish Nova Scotia in 1991 after I quit my day job to
enroll in STFX University Arts arts Science program.
There I met an and performed with many great musicians.
One of my best friends to this day is Danny Sutherland ,
who is the Artist in Residence at STFX for Bass Guitar.
Danny and I played in bands together recorded and worked on song writing together along with my long time songwriting partner Michael Chadwick
I am listed on the web site " Nova Scotia Classic Rock" under both the recording artist section as Barry Gilmour and performing section under the band names True North and Break Point.
Unfortunately I had to go back to my day job in 2001 to earn some money.
I moved to Edmonton Alberta with my family and
I Worked as a registered respiratory therapist at The University of Alberta Hospital until I was forced to retire early 4 years ago due to a genetic lung condition.
It was then started to put my own studio together and concentrate fully on songwriting and pitching my songs
I also am continuing to learn by improving my understanding of music theory
,jazz guitar, and digital recording and song writing I'm taking the Song writing Challenge 2013 and really loving it.
This is basically where I am today.
I also would like to help young song writers get their start,by helping to mentor them in the areas of music I am familiar with
I'm now 53 years old and am mostly healthy other then my lung issues.
I have an online studio site. It has recently been put on line. www. sandcastle-recording.ca The web site is still a work in progress.
I don't need or expect to make money with the studio.
I use it as a tool for my own songwriting with my friends.
My plans are to be able to offer free time to young songwriters who need a demo or experience in the studio.
I am a Songwriter ,vocalist, play guitar acoustic, and electric ,bass, some keyboards ,Midi, some drums, mandolin,and Uke.
My interests are in Singer song writer type music, folk acoustic based , celtic and Atlantic Canadian folk roots. I do however listen to and enjoy all types of music.