Doctor Baz / About
Versatlile Australian musician and vocalist "Doctor Baz", aka Barry Ferrier, began his fascinating performing arts career working in music theatre, with a 2 year stint as a cast member and as one of Jesus' apostles in the original Harry M. Miller production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Capitol Theatre, in Sydney and the Palais Theatre, Melbourne - alongside the creme-de-la-creme of a generation of Australian music and theatre greats including Jon English, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, Michael Caton, Reg Livermore, and so many more.
He played alongside Mark Holden in "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" at the Seymour Centre Sydney, composed music for and performed with the internationally famous Lindsay Kemp Mime Company at the New Arts Cinema, Glebe and the Comedy & Her Majesties theatres in Melbourne. The music he composed for Kemps adaption of Oscar Wilde's Salome featuring at a sell out season in London's Roundhouse. The music score was described by the London Times as "thrilling".
Barry also performed in numerous theatre and cabaret productions in Sydney & Melbourne, including 'Kabaratz' and 'the Milky Way Cabaret' at the legendary Flying Trapeze Cafe in Brunswick Street, Melbourne and a national campus tour of Steve J. Spears "Africa : the Savage Musical".
Barry has written & performed theatre restaurant shows, and three stage musicals, Magical Frank, and The Boy Who Dared to Dream with Frank Howson, and Goodnight World with Gerald Frape (performed at Brisbane's La Boite Theatre), and has has produced two cast albums.
He was a recording artist for RCA, appearing on the ABC’s legendary music show “Countdown” and opening for guitar maestro Ry Cooder at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. He also played bass with chart topping pop group “The Ferrets” and toured Australia as band leader and guitarist for the legendary Eartha Kitt and opened for blues legend John Hammond in Byron Bay. He played guitar with the eminent Australian vocalist Jeff St. John, and backed Dobie Grey for a ABC broadcast concert, and has opened for a wide range of Australia's leading artists including ColdChisel, the Black Sorrows, the Divynals, and Dragon.
He composed the quadrophonic soundtracks for the QANTAS Light Fantastic animatronic parade at Brisbane's World Expo' 88 and spent several years as resident composer for the Queensland Performing Arts Complex including composing for and conducting the Brisbane Youth Orchestra for Robyn Archer's epic "Three legends of Kra", and the Concert Hall performance of his innovative self-penned multimedia theatrical production "Dreams and Machines" and the award winning childrens show "Solomon and the Big Cat".
Barry spent 15 years working on arts projects with aboriginal groups in the Northern Territory including setting up the original recording studio for CAAMA Radio (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) and collaborated on the award winning radio series "Bushfire Radio" with Bill Davis.
Barry has written and stars in a music theatre production based on the life of Johnny Cash entitled "I Hear That Train a-Comin' : the Johnny Cash Story", which has been a sell-out success at clubs along the eastern seaboard of Australia.
For over a decade Dr. Baz has performed with delta blues exponent Slim Pickens, including two European tours in 2005-6 and performances at several major festivals including the Byron Blues Fest, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster and Blues on Broadbeach. They have recorded two albums "Cactus" and "Next Time'. They also perform as a four piece entitled The Shooflys with Neil McCann on drums and Rod Coe on bass.
Barry has spent many years entertaining as a singer/guitarist and as a piano man in venues up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia. He has performed 5 times at the Byron Blues Festival , twice at Splendour in the Grass, and played the Gympie Muster, Blues on Broadbeach, Airlie Beach Music Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He has won 6 NCEIA "Dolphin" Awards for his songs. He was a pioneer of the thriving music scene in the Byron Bay region and has entertained at countless weddings and corporate events.
About the Tracks
I love experimenting and composing songs in different genres -it's always a challenge to work within a genre but try to push the boundaries a little..., and I also perform live in a number of different styles, so you will find a lot of diversity in these sample tracks. For the original songs I have played all the instruments myself in my studio except for drums, and with the covers they are feature my vocals and guitar work in collaboration with some of my close friends, who are all Byron Bay musicians.
I hope you enjoy what you hear! I'd love to hear your feedback and get to know the people who like my music - so please drop me a line and I will respond and maybe we can get to know each other! Best wishes, Dr. Baz