Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics
live at The Victoria Park Festival - Sat 16th September

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The annual Victoria Park Festival is happening in Victoria Park, Windmill Hill, South Bristol this coming Saturday 16th Sept.  The great line-up of local performers includes our band Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics introducing new band members Jenny Darren (vocals with Ce), Glyn Owen (percussion) and Jonathan Attree (bass).  Why not come along and listen to what we've been up to?

The Festival has two stages, one at the bottom end of the park with some great bands and performers, and a Folk-Rock, Poetry and Performance tent at the top of the park just by the Bowling Green where there will be a varied and entertaining line up MC'd by performance poet Tim Vosper between 1pm and 6pm, and of course the delightful Mrs Browns cakes and coffee nearby.

 Here is the line up in our Folk Rock, Poetry and Performance Tent:

1.00   Lizzie and Mick  
1.15   Odessa Steps  
1.40   Tim Vosper MC and poet
1.50   Gillie Harries  
2.00   Pink Noise  
2.20   Shameena  
2.45   Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics
3.10   Derek Adams  
3.25   Fools on the Hill  
3.50   Steve Franks poet  
4.00   Jeremy Toombs poet
4.10   Big However  
4.35   Notabene    
5.00   Charlie and Jake  
5.20   Breakout Choir  

Here's our the latest animation, based on the song Ruby Treads a Fine Line, featuring an animation from the superb illustrator Sarah Soncini, a very talented and imaginative animator and illustrator living in Paris.  She was wonderful to grow ideas with, so generous with her time and very patient!  More of her work can be found here:

RUBY TREADS A FINE LINE - VIDEO - SONGSHEET #3  (watch the video full screen to read the lyrics!)

There's something really wierd about the mix of academia, booze and celebrity which seems to happen quite a bit at Conferences I've been to.  This one, the subject of this song, was a few years ago when Ruby Wax entertained a Mindfulness Conference I was attending.  It was so surreal.  She appeared in a bright red dress, lounging on completely out of place, huge red settee, then treated us to her mix of American chat show humour which did indeed 'tread a fine line' as this song puts it. Content to have verse3 ottoshocked most of the people in the room, she then revealed more about her own challenging mental health background which resulted in her using Mindfulness to get back on track.

I went back to my Air BnB with a real mix of emotions.  I felt inspired, shocked and even intrigued by Ruby;  anyway, this is the song which emerged that evening, almost intact as presented here now on You Tube

This performance of 'Ruby' was recorded live at Priston Festival near Bath, Somerset, UK

uring our gig on the main stage in 2016.  Not the best recording in the world, but it captures the spirit of a live performance to an appreciative crowd!

The song isn't meant to be rude, or insulting, but hopefully captures the mix of admiration and intrigue and a sense of the surreal which I felt that evening.  Any of you out there who go to Conferences will recognise the territory, I am sure!


 Visit our new Watch section to see some archive videos of Barry performing with various members of the Fridge Mechanics at the now closed Valindra Open Mic in 2015.  Some great instrumental playing from Micko, Jamie Hill and James Anderson.


I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of integrating visual imagery with music and over the years have sometimes used films and slides when performing some of my songs.  Some of you will know The Shirt Song, a song I wrote about a tramp I used to see gazing longingly at a shirt in a shop window in Saville Row, London.  The song is all about dreaming and wishing and I always imagined a cartoon o
blueofmyeye cropped r animation to bring this story to life.  In 2015, I hired an Australian animator Durand Greig to interpret the song for us.  He did a wonderful job, there is a still from it on this page.  You can play it on this page, also here is a Youtube link to it if you want to view it full screen;  It's a Happy New Year pressie for you, and hope you enjoy it!  Let me know?  Leave some comments on YouTube!  I like the idea of sharing songs like this, with lyrics and images combined with a recording, so this will be Songsheet #1 of a series I will publish on Youtube this year.  I will be asking some other animators to produce some more interpretations of the songs we do.

Some of you will have heard a new song, Nailhouse, we performed last December at the Cafe Kino an
d at the Square Club in Clifton.  This song is about Chinese people who refuse to move their homes when a motorway or office block is bu ilt, so the authorities build them around their houses, until they eventually flamethrow or bully them out.  Their homes are called Nailhouses because they are 'nailed' to the ground.  I was moved and fascinated by the images of Nailhouses on Google, so I wrote a song about it.  A film maker called Diana Taylor, in Clifton, Bristol UK heard us performing this song, and has made a film based on the song lyrics and story of Nailhouses.  The film is an apt and powerful interpretation of the lyrics and music.  We are proud to present this song, and Diana's moving film.

GIGS IN 2017
Some of our festival 'favourites' will be coming up in 2017, including Victoria Park Festival during the afternoon on September 16th in September, and Art on the Hill on Saturday evening 7th October.   We are performing at the Rec House, Warmley on Thursday evening 29th June and there will be another 'nearly unplugged' evening of semi acoustic music, including our band on July 8th , and a repeat of our recent Kino Echoes and Edges gig, again in May or June.  We are working on getting ourselves into some more local festivals sometime in 2017
A NEW CD IN 2017?
New songs continued to arrive in 2016, and I am sure some more will make their appearance in 2017!  Creating music and lyrics is always an amazing experience, and it means a lot to be able to share these with you and receive your responses.  Our last CD was Indian Ink, made in December 2014, and we are hoping to get back into the studio toward the end of 2016 to make another.  Watch this space!


A CD of new and regular songs recorded with Dutch concert cellist Mieke de Laure in December 2014.  Sung and played by Barry Lane with guest appearances from the Fridge Mechanics band. Available as a CD or individual tracks via Paypal for £5 from the STORE (please have credit card ready)  listen to demo tracks from the CD HERE

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Cover artwork by Sarah Parkinson.
Calligraphy Mollie Meagre


Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics
Available as a CD or individual tracks via Paypal for £5 from the STORE
(please have credit card ready) 
listen to demo tracks from the CD HERE

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 Cover artwork conceived and designed by
Barry Lane and Sarah Parkinson.