The Sam Barker Ensemble performs primarily as a trio of vocals, guitar, and double bass. However after years of organising gigs in Cork Sam has come into contact with some of Cork’s (if not the country’s) most talented players. With quality being of paramount importance Sam regularly hires from both CIT Cork School of Music and UCC music department instrumental teaching staff as well as from a host of other regularly working, gigging and active musicians.

This allows for a wide range of musical styles to be performed, from the high energy 1930s gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, to jazz  classics like ‘Fever’, and unique takes on more contemporary music, such as Declan O’Rourke’s ‘Galileo’.

Our main aim is to create a vibrant and sophisticated atmosphere. We are acutely aware of volume levels and adapt according to demand until we find the perfect balance: ideal for both those who want to listen intently and those who prefer to relax, chat and soak up the atmosphere. The music is mostly lively, high-spirited swing tunes, balanced by some slower more romantic pieces. It is ideal music for smaller functions such as birthday parties and drinks receptions.

Sam Barker Biography

A founding member of the Tritone Trio Sam Barker has been performing Jazz around Munster for a number of years now.

He completed his degree in the Cork School of Music (CSM) in 2009 specialising in performance and composition where he achieved unprecedented marks for his final year classical guitar recital.

Sam finished his Masters Degree in Composition in 2011 under C.S.L. Parker and after a year away from education has recently started a second Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance.

During the past few years Sam has attended masterclasses with Aniello Desiderio, Pavel Steidl, Xufei Yang, Lorenzo Micheli, William Kannengeiser, Ferenc Snetberger and lectures by John Williams.