Finbarr "Barry" Winters has been captivated by the music of The Man in Black ever since “The Johnny Cash Show” first aired on TV way back in 1969. As a child, Barry fondly recalls singing along to “Forty Shades of Green”, the world-wide hit that Cash wrote on a memorable trip to Ireland. As a young teenager, with a borrowed guitar, Barry learned to play and sing the hits of Johnny Cash and mastered the “boom-chicka-boom” trademark sound of The Tennessee Three.
Down through the years, Barry has been a member of groups performing Irish
ballads, country rock, and old-time dance music. However, Barry’s first love will
always be the music of Johnny Cash to which he brings a spine-tingling
authenticity and honesty. In 1989, at The Cork Opera House, Barry Winters and
Johnny Cash met for the first time. In 1993, on a road trip across most of North America, being introduced
by mutual friend Earl Poole Ball, Cash’s piano player, they meet again backstage at The Wayne Newton
Theatre, Branson, Missouri, where Johnny introduces Barry to his wife, June Carter.
He has brought his music to places as diverse as The Caribbean, New York, Spain, Germany, Austria, and of course, Mountjoy Prison, a show which marked the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. He wrote the song “Mountjoy” for that show.
Picture shows a young Barry with June Carter Cash.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpccThZXitU Thing Called Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR2-w7utz8c Ring of Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdZKfQjly_A German Johnny Cash Day Sept 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYUDy_ntkkc Strictly Cash version of No Easy Run
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ-ftkJGGQo&feature=related Mountjoy by Strictly Cash
In 2002 Barry Winters performs his own composition “The Ballad of Nathan Hale” at VFW
Nathan Hale Memorial Hall, Long Island, New York and receives a standing ovation! Nathan
Hale was a hero of the American War of Independence, from the Long island area, and is
held in such high esteem that on the album released in 2008, “Johnny Cash’s America”, there
is a track called “I Am The Nation” where Cash recites the names of American heroes, the very first one mentioned being Nathan Hale.
2008 saw the 5-piece band STRICTLY CASH take their show to Dublin’s Mountjoy prison. An original composition “Mountjoy” was performed there by Barry Winters for the first time at the “Folsom 40th Anniversary Concert”. The following year, on the 40th anniversary of “At San Quentin”, Barry Winters headlines the “San Quentin Special” at Crane Lane Theatre, again backed by STRICTLY CASH.
2009: The American Equine Alliance chose his song "Wild Horses" to feature on their website www.wildmustangcoalition.org Willie Nelson and U2 are also mentioned on this site.
2011: Travels to Spain with British-based holiday and travel company Enjoy Travel to entertain their guests with his one-man Johnny Cash show. Later in the year forms “Cash Is King” to tour as the leading
Johnny Cash tribute, who were chosen to celebrate USA Independence Day 2011
for a sell-out performance at the world’s most famous pub, “Ollie Hayes Bar” in
Moneygall, County Offaly, made famous due to the recent visit there by Barrack
Obama. In September, he performed at the inaugural German Johnny Cash Day,
a day-long concert dedicated to the memory of Johnny Cash which attracted fans from all over Germany and beyond, and is asked to repeat his performance later on in the day. 2012 returns to Germany at the request of the organisers of German Johnny Cash Day for day-long celebration of what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday on Feb 26th. Sharing the stage were German music icon Gunter Gabriel, legendary German 70's country band Truck Stop, and the inimitable Heinrich Doc Wolf.
Above and below: Fundraising concert at Cork's Silver Springs Hotel in aid of St. Vincent De Paul Society. It featured all the hits of both Johnny Cash and Cliff Richard. Special guest star was the lovely and multi-talented Dervla, from Crystal Swing. The show was subsequently brought to Tipperary and Galway. At the Galway show, the lucky audience were treated to a surprise rendition of the Hucklebuck, from Crystal Swing's Derek.
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