T: Barry Finn
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Barry Finn has been added to 12 tunebooks.
I want to know who Barry Finn is!
Barry was a chantey singer who lived in southern New Hampshire during the ten years or so that I knew him. A short, slim man with a huge voice and large repertoire. He also wrote the occasional song, one of which was a very moving one about his son with special needs (autism, if my memory can be trusted). He died about 3 years ago, much too young.
Barry Finn singing "The Banks of the Callow":
Barry was passionate about folk music, sea music, shanteys, and work songs. He researched obscure tunes and songs and attempted to popularize them; at least among the local folk crowd. Barry’s song about having special needs was actually autobiographical. He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was about 40 and felt that explained quite a bit of the challenges he faced (and overcame) in his life. He was a happy, crazy, accepting person, father of two (now adult) children, and friend to many. He composed other songs over the years; one titled Ida Lewis about a light house keeper in Newport, RI and one that can be found on Facebook about Guantanamo Bay. There are others that I have discovered while sorting through the papers Barry left behind. I was married to Barry for 23 years, many of those years Barry struggled with a failing liver but NEVER did he let that cramp his style. Some of his performances can be found on YouTube. The clip above was taken just a few weeks before Barry suffered a heart attack and died.
thank you for sorting through Barry’s papers…you ought to compile a collection of Barry’s works…