Barry “The Fish” Melton – 25th September 2017



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Barry “The Fish” Melton and Stephane Missri – U.K  tour, 2017

In 1965, together with “Country Joe” McDonald, Barry “the Fish” co-founded Country Joe and the Fish -initially as a duo.  However, soon the duo  became a full band,  and with Bruce Barthol, Gary “Chicken“ Hirsch and David Bennet Cohen as band members, Country Joe and the Fish  released the astonishing debut  album “Electric Music For The Mind And Body” in 1967.

Barry appeared on all the Country Joe and The Fish recordings and he also wrote many of the songs that the band recorded.  His dazzling guitar technique and strong vocals are still as great as ever.

Country Joe and The Fish appeared at  the Monterey  Festival (1967) and Woodstock Festival (1969) , and both performances are featured  in the films made about the festivals. Barry  also appeared as an outlaw in the neo-Western film, “Zachariah“, and other films in which Country Joe and the Fish appear. He also wrote the soundtrack for the Roger Corman classic, “GAS-S-S”, and had brief appearances is such movies as “The Omega Man” (1971) and “More American Graffiti” (1979).

Barry was a founding member of The Dinosaurs, a San Francisco super group of 60s veterans which at various times also included Peter Albin and David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company), John Cipollina and Greg Elmore (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Papa John Creech (Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage), Robert Hunter (lyricist and sometime performer for The Grateful Dead ), Jerry Miller (Moby Grape), and  David LaFlamme (It’s a Beautiful Day).

Barry has performed and toured with his  own bands and as a solo artist under the name Barry “The Fish” Melton.  Barry  toured the U.K with  It’s A Beautiful Day on David & Linda LaFlamme’s comeback tour of 2010, and also performed his own set.

He’s also toured in the U.K on many occasions with  Lowell Levinger (Banana  from The Youngbloods – and now a member of the Bruce Springsteen “spin off” band Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul) and also shared the stage in the U.K  with Bruce Barthol, his old friend from Country Joe & the Fish.

Barry also has a band in France by the name of Jamsutra, which along with Barry also features Stephane Missri, a fine guitarist, singer and occasional banjo player. He’ll be joining Barry on the U.K tour

Fifty years on from “The Summer Of Love” and Monterey Festival, we’re bringing it all back home – from The Avalon Ballroom San Francisco to Avalon, Glastonbury! !

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