Guest Blog Post by Barrie Dempsey, of Barrie Dempsey Music

Happy Fall everyone, my name is Barrie Dempsey. You might have seen me around McMinnville. I am a local singer/songwriter and the guy behind Barrie Dempsey Music. Performing at a variety of events such as wineries, festivals, farmers markets, weddings, birthday parties and corporate events.

I have a song library of about 800 cover songs and 100 originals. Cover songs include artists like James Taylor, John Mayer and Jackson Browne to name a few. My original music has a Folk/Americana feel
winning multiple awards. You can listen on my website

In August of 2021 we released my 3rd EP, “When We Were Young”. A grouping of 6 songs. Usually melodies come to me first and then lyrics. I am a multi- instrumentalist so, much of the music is done solely by me.

You can find my original music on most all streaming platforms. Bandcamp, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music to name a few.

Here is a little of what they are saying about previous releases:

“Cry For Awhile” is a well-crafted, folk/rock tune that displays Dempsey’s skills as a solid vocalist and songwriter. The song starts with an acoustic guitar intro, and then Dempsey’s soulful, expressive lead vocals come in. Then in the chorus, he adds good harmony vocals that gives the chorus a hooky feeling.

-Dale Kawashima, Songwriters Universe, June 8, 2019
“With a distinct textured voice, flawless acoustic arrangements and a clear penchant for creating unforgettable hooks, Barrie Dempsey has crafted a masterful collection of songs that are sure to endure.”

– The Akademia Music Awards, Mar 15, 2015
Additionally, you can find me as a Top Performer on Gig Salad and read reviews from clients who have hired me to perform at their events.

I have included a few of those reviews here:

Molly B. • October 3, 2021
Great night!
Barrie was exactly what our dinner party needed to be extra special. He was on time, professional and accommodating. And the music was great! Wonderful guitarist. Thanks for making the drive Barrie!

Marissa O. • June 27, 2021
Amazing performer!
Barrie is friendly and very talented! He played at our bar despite the extreme heat wave this weekend. He played the flute, harmonica and guitar! All around TALENTED and AWESOME guy! We would recommend him 10/10!!

If you would like to book an event you can do so, as well as reaching out on the “Contact” tab on my website.


I grew up in New Jersey. After high school I enrolled in School of Visual Arts, New York City to study fine art. Actively pursuing music through high school and art school, I was lead singer, harmonica and flute player in many folk, rock and blues style bands. Eventually moving out west I became a member of the Amber Band. While working in the music industry, fine art became dominant in my life and I spent many years drawing and painting. In 2008 I started writing and playing again. After living in many different areas of the country my wife and I landed in McMinnville in 2018.