Tarry Barriball
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Tom Barriball - "The Cornish Banjo King"
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I appreciate Tom died some while ago but two days ago he would have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Mar 31, 2019.

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Can anyone help me - My thanks to Hal Allert who very kindly sent me an autobiography sent to him by my father Tom Barriball. When he was stationed in Egypt during the 2nd World War he did a Forces…Continue

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At 22:14 on May 18, 2010, Ray Jones said…
Hi Tarry
What is your relationship to Tom Barriball?
At 22:05 on May 19, 2010, Ray Jones said…
Tom was a legend, and as Rob Murch said, " with a wicked sense of humour ". If you go into the 'Classic Banjo" which is one of the best sites around. http://www.classicbanjo.com/covers/image22.htm There is a Front Cover that I specially designed for one of Tom's better known pieces. Ray
At 18:39 on May 24, 2010, Mike Redman said…
Hello Tarry, yes I knew Tom very well, often making the trip down to Devon for a tune or two. On one occasionI took William J Ball to meet Tom on another trip Alf Brimble came with me. I have some music Tom sent me on a piece of scrap paper, on the reverse is written your name 'Tarrant Barriball'. I often wondered if you were named after Tarrant Bailey. I first met Tom at the home of my banjo teacher, Horace Craddy, who took lessons from Tarrant Bailey Snr. Tom bought Rob Murch up with him on one occasion, we have been friends ever since. I have videos and photos, plus numerous letters from Tom, he was a wonderful inspiration and a true character with a wicked sense of humour.
At 22:28 on May 25, 2010, Mike Redman said…
Hi Tarry, just returned from an evening playing the banjo, we are currently in Turkey, so will elaberate further regarding Tom at a later date.
At 14:51 on May 28, 2010, marc dalmasso said…
beeing French , i am the last on this site to have informations ' bout your father ; however , i am an aficionado of old CE Bjs and old Black n white pictures_ regards @+marc
At 15:30 on February 2, 2013, Martin Friendship said…

Dear Tarry,

I dont have much in the way of computer literacy but recently learned of your query ref where did Tom learn.He once told me that his first lessons were from his father, and that whilst still a schoolboy he took the train to Plymouth regularly on Saturdays for lessons with Joe George.

Joe composed "Kissing Cup" which Tom introduces on the widely circulated tape.I think when Tom introduces the piece on tape he only says "before the war I used to go to Joe George" but this was for tuition. Jill and I were in close contact with Tom and Mon for the last seven years of Tom's life and cherish the memories,think of him every day. What a man!  

                                            Warmest wishes Tarry

                                                        Jill and Marin

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Identifying Banjo Pieces from Tom Barriball's Collection

Hi All - Help required if at all possible -

"I am trying to identify Banjo Pieces, which have been digitised. It lasts 65 minutes, made on 18th February 1992 by Tom Barriball.
"I've identified some; on one side that I recognise Banjo pieces but name them. If anyone can try and identify them and the titles…

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