Tom Barriball lived to be about 81 years old. During that time, he performed all over the world. He loved playing the banjo and was quite professional at it. Listen to Tom’s own biography while songs played by Tom are interspersed.
Tom once told me that as a boy he learned first from his father and then, whilst still at school, took a regular Saturday train ride to Plymouth to be taught by Mr Joe george.Joe you may know as the composer of ” Kissing Cup ” ,the only way I heard Tom refer to it. Mr George was of course a professional teacher.Hope this is of interest.All who knew him will recall Tom as the warmest, most generous man imaginable ,and like me remember him with a smile everyday. PS Most of his pupils played with a Barriball made “Cornish Fighting Banjo”. Mine is with my Grandson, Declan, and is played regularly at rallies. As the great man often said “If you are ever in Cornwall – keep bloody going…” Best wishes Martin and Jill
I grew up in Launceston, Cornwall, and during the 1950s Tom Barriball taught me to play the guitar. I have had a successful career as a guitarist ever since, so I owe him everything, thanks Tom!
What I remember most was that he taught with great humour, making it a pleasure to learn. It was great to hear him play again, thanks to your website and podcast. Incidentally, my mother, her brother and her cousin’s husband all played in bands with Tom at various times.
Really enjoyed this post.Much thanks again. Will read on…
Another piece of trivia about Tom Barriball linking to what ay Jones said about his favourite tipple. Eversince I was a small lad he always drank his whiskey with lime. He didn’t like thwe taste of ginger ale and did not like it watered down either. His other favourite tipple was a drink called “Glayva” which is similar to “Drambuie” but much richer and the l drink personaly prefer. Regards to all, Tarry Barriball (Eldest son of Tom).
I’ve uploaded a photograph of Tom with his Banjo taken in Egypt.
Can anyone subscribing to this Blog on Tom Barriball help by telling us who taught him to play the banjo. I know he started at a very young age and did a lot of Broadcasting from Egypt on the Forces Network whilst out there. I know it was early in his life that he learnt the banjo but never knew and he never revealed who taught him to play. Can anyone help or throw any ligh on this aspect of his life.
Regards to all the Banjo Fraternity – Tarry (Tarrant) Barriball (Tom’s eldest son)
Tom always drank his whiskey with a dash of lime in it, the whole time I can remember from when I was the age of 15 and used to go out to dances with him & the band. He also liked a tipple called “Glayva” which is a bit like “Drambuie” but richer in taster and slightly darker. My brother & I one New Year drunk a whole bottle of “Glayva” between us, and the pub ran dry so we started on Drambuie instead. Kind Regards to all – Tarry (Tarrant) Barriball (Tom’s Eldest son).
Here is a small piece of Trivia about Tom. When he was playing a gig and someone offered to buy him a drink, he would always order a ‘Barriball Special’ which consisted of Whiskey, Port, and Lime. That was his tipple of choice. I wish you could be here for me to shout you one now mate.
Hal, Please accept my apologies for not saying thank you for providing me the opportunity to hear my father play his banjo again after all these years. I think it is fantastic what you have achieved through this medium and want more. Anything you are able to tell me about my father would be appreciated and especially his prowess as a banjoist. I am named after his idol “Tarrant Bailey Jnr” but I am unable to find out who actually taught him to play. Any help you can give on this front would be much appreciated. I know he taught Rob Murch to play. Rob MacKillop sent me the link to your site and I shall certainly look again in due course. Kind`Regards and many thanks I have forwarded the link to my two brothers who are also trying to find out more about Father’s life. Kind regards Tarry (Tarrant) Barriball (Tom’s eldest son)
Rob MacKillop sent me this link and it is absolutely fantastic to hear my father playing again. I feel sure that he used you to bounce ideas off and I know for a fact that in his later years, just before he died, he told my sister that he regretted a lot of what had happened since he re-married. He rarely saw many of his offspring, me included maninly because of the possessive & jealous nature of his 2nd wife.
I really appreciate the fact and would like to pass on our thanks for being there to listen to his problems and woes. You will always be a part of his life and I feel sure that he felt all the better for having someone like you to talk to.
Kind Regards and all the very best for the future.
Tarry Barriball (Eldest Son of Tom Barriball)
Fantastic playing! I have heard lots of stories about Tom from Mike Redman and Rob Murch, but have never heard him play until now. Wonderful stuff!!Tom Ryan
First class job Hal! Well done.
You did a mighty job mate. The greatest thing since sliced bread. I would like to relate a little story about Tom Barriball. Often when he finished a gig late at night he was still very hyped up, but had nobody to talk to and let off steam because of the late hour. This was perfect for me in Melbourne Australia as I was up and about. Tom had a wonderful sense of humour. When we had finished our chat he said to me once, ” I’m now going to make myself a big Fry-Up!to eat, because if I die in the night there maybe no Restaurants where I’m going ” Thank you Hal for keeping his memory alive and giving the world a chance to hear his banjo playing. Regards Ray
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