A Bit of Press
James Rogers, the MusicMan
"Edward John Barrington's music is that Folk based theme that I remembered being introduced to listening to Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Jesse Winchester, John Prine, Dan Fogelberg, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary and The Mamas and Papas in my youth. I liked that music and went on to research its roots discovering Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie among others. However, there was a huge difference in the music I was hearing from Edward; thus, I discovered a whole new approach that was missing in older songs and from older Artists. That difference, and a fresh difference at that, were lyrics reflecting Edward's actual surroundings and stories he experienced that could be told with references to those areas. What does that mean for the average listener who might not know The Old Elora Gorge, or where or what Penetanguishene was? That is just it, for it doesn't matter except that the songs and Edward's singing style made those songs beautiful, funny, poignant and touched a personal nerve while bringing his world to others."
— James Rogers, Planet Radio Canada
Edward John Barrington is a Canadian singer-songwriter and educator living in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Hamilton and raised in Burlington; moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, attending high school in nearby Courtenay. He began writing songs and singing locally in and around the Comox Valley, and some songs were featured on the local radio station.. As an adult, Edward lived throughout British Columbia and Alberta, eventually settling in Vancouver. After a number of years, he returned to Ontario, and ultimately settled into the Region of Waterloo.
Edward's extensive song library is reflective of past experiences and present emotions. Themes of travelling, relationships, and pure poetry are prevalent in his songs. Edward is a veteran of the music festival scene, having played at Hamilton's Festival of Friends, Burlington Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival and many coffee houses, folk clubs and concert venues in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. He has facilitated song writing workshops, and has been teaching music since 1983. These days, he is teaching part-time at a local college, and plays a few select shows, both in southwestern Ontario and in Toronto.
He released the album, Watershed, in 1998, and a collection of timely songs, Old Songs, New Sentiments, in 2013. Edward recently released on a 4-song vignette, Acoustical Movement in the spring of 2020 and is currently working on 2 projects, Some Rust, and Common Ground, to be released in 2021.
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Contact page to drop a line or two.
"When I started coming to the Black Walnut Folk Club, Ed was a guy that took the stage, took total possession of the room, and laid out these great tunes every time."
Wayne Cheater, Host
The Black Walnut Folk Club
"Dan Fogelberg feel!"
"You are touching and amazing!!!"
Laura Taylor Whitfield, Recording Artist