SKF NOTE: I’ve known Barry Keane more than half my life — since 1980 or 1981 when we met for his feature interview with Modern Drummer. Last April we caught up after Gordon Lightfoot’s concert in Orono, Maine. I wrote here about the unique role Barry and the other Lightfoot band members have in supporting the singer songwriter.
I also wrote about Barry’s drumset — which he was playing back in 1980-81, last year in Orono, and again when we said hello at Gordon Lightfoot’s May 17th show this year in Portland, Maine. Barry Keane has his drums and percussion instruments sounding just the way he likes them — right down to the cotton towel with “Do Not Remove” written on it taped vertically over the left side of his snare drum. When something works — you stick with it.
Here are a few photos of Barry’s drums onstage at the Merrill Auditorium.