Edward John Barrington
Westview Songwriter Evening
with Brendan Monaghan & Edward John Barrington
Edward John Barrington is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and educator living in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. His extensive song library is reflective of past experiences and present emotions.
He was born in Hamilton and raised in Burlington; grew older on Vancouver Island; and returned to Ontario to grow old in Kitchener.
Edward is a veteran of the music festival scene, having played at Festival of Friends, Burlington Music Festival, and many coffee houses and concert venues in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
He has facilitated song writing workshops, and has been teaching music since 1983. He released his first CD, Watershed, in 1998, and has released his second collection, Old Songs, New Sentiments, in 2013.
"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, 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."
The Musicman, James Rogers
Planet Radio Canada
"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, Black Walnut Folk Club
"Dan Fogelberg feel!"
"You are touching and amazing!!!"
Laura Taylor Whitfield, Artist