Music — Leonard Barry, Irish Uilleann pipe player and teacher, booked for April 24 concert

Promoting his first solo album, Leonard Barry will soon host a concert at the Newberg Music Center.

“He’s played in several groups, he’s in demand as a teacher as well as a performer,” said G.D. Armstrong, the shop’s owner.

Barry is from Dublin, where he performs and teaches the Uilleann pipes.

“It should be pretty good, I think,” Armstrong said.

Barry is performing with Johnny B. Connolly, who recently performed himself with a different group at the Music Center.

“Johnny told me about (Barry) at a session in Portland. He asked if I could schedule a time when he was coming through,” he said. That time worked out to be April SUBMITTED - Irish 
concert - Uilleann pipe 
player Leonard Barry will 
Thursday at 
the Newberg Music Center alongside 
Johnny B. Connolly. 
Barry is on 
tour promoting 
his solo album 
‘New Road.'

Barry plays more traditional Irish music, “jigs and reels, that sort of thing,” Armstrong said.

His new album, “New Road,” has received numerous positive reviews, including a review by “Trad Review,” an Irish music blog.

“There was a power in the playing that comes from a deliberate desire to celebrate the tunes, a deep love in the musicians for the music that makes them want to communicate with listeners, cracking the music open like a water melon for others to enjoy,” the review read. “The energy levels on display in those very physical efforts were magnificent, hardly a slack moment, and held together very consciously and diligently by Leonard in the center.”

Barry and Connolly take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.leonard

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