One of the resident musician/enertainers at the Ballina Beach Village is a versatile and creative Byron Bay based multi-instrumentalist, singer / song-writer and composer Barry Ferrier (aka Dr. Baz) . Dr. Baz has entertained all over Australia, and in Europe and the UK. He has had a long and eminent career in the arts, with vast range of experience in many facets of the music industry.
Barry gained early recognition in music theatre, appearing in the original Australian productions of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol, Sydney and Palais, Melbourne and Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolour Dreamcoat at the Seymour Centre, Sydney. He has appeared on the ABC’s legendary “Countdown” and the Channel 9’s Midday Show has and worked with many of the leading names in Australian music including playing bass with the 70s chart-toppers The Ferrets, has opened for Ry Cooder at the Palais Theatre, Melbourne, and toured as band leader/guitarist for the legendary Eartha Kitt on her 1995 Australian tour. He has established himself as pioneer of the Byron Bay music scene where he is popular at all the leading venues. He performs regularly as a soloist and in an interesting variety of musical combinations, and has had great success as an entertainer for Byron Bay weddings.
An accomplished guitarist with exciting flamenco skills, as a vocalist he has a warm easy listening sound and a large repertoire of popular songs. Barry also turns his hand to boogie and swing style piano, frequently appearing as a “pianoman” singing all the greatest hits, jazz standards, ballads and rock ‘n’ roll classics. With his deep resonant voice Barry has recently begun appearing to sell out crowds in his self-penned Johnny Cash Tribute “I Hear That Train a-Comin'”.