Welcome to my webpage, I am a musician with over 25 years of experience playing in venues all over the world.  Please see my biography for more information.  

With the government putting the UK back on lockdown from 12.01 Thursday 5th November, all performances for the next four weeks are now postponed.  Subject to the government lifiting the restrictions on Wednesday 2nd December, performances after that date will proceed as planned. Click here to contact me should you have any queries.  

I also offer a one to one bespoke keyboard tutoring service either face to face (government restrictions allowing) or over Facetime/Zoom/Skype etc please use the contact page to ask for more details.  I currently have a few slots available.

For solo bookings or tutoring service please use the contact page, or click the relevant link below.  You can contact me for my other musical projects by clicking the name. 

James Barr JBKV - Keyboard Tutor

James Barr JBKV - Keyboard Vocalist Entertainer

Red Leaf - 4 piece rock covers band

Monument - A Tribute To Classic Rock 




With the UK government lifting restrictions for indoor performances as from Saturday 15th August, I am now able to accept bookings for performances both indoor and outdoor for my solo act and Red Leaf.  This is with social distancing rules and COVID-19 regulations being followed.

Updates will be posted here.

Stay safe.

*UPDATE * - 5th November

Lockdown 2 has put restrictions on performances, but teaching at students homes can still go ahead.  Read more by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 31st October

The government have now announced that the UK will now go back into lockdown to attempt to minimize the further spread of COVID-19.  This means that venues will once again have to close for at least four weeks from 12.01am Thursday 5th November.  More information on the lockdown can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 22nd September

From Thursday 24th September, more restrictions will be coming in to place which affect the pub/club & hospitality industry.  The biggest change will be a 10pm curfew.  Details regarding these new rules can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 8th September

The UK government have amended the current guidelines for social gatherings in the UK to prevent another spike in coronavirus cases and to limit the possibility of another lockdown.  At the time of writing, performances can and are still going ahead but the public should follow the updated rules, which are enforceable by law with fines.  The new rules can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 14th August

The UK government have relaxed the restrictions with regard to indoor performances, including pubs etc.

“The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19-secure leisure businesses.” 

Lets hope we can get back to safely performing soon!



*UPDATE* - 30th July

With Coronavirus cases appearing to rise globally, the UK government has seen fit to suspend the relaxing of restrictions regarding indoor performances, with a review to come on August 15th. 


"On Saturday 1 August, you’ll remember, we had hoped to reopen in England a number of higher risk settings that had remained closed. Today, I am afraid we are postponing these changes for at least a fortnight.

That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:

Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.

Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.

Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines."

UK Gov Website - PM Speech Transcription 


According to this article on the Musicians Union website, indoor performances may be able to take place from Saturday 1st August, as long as strict social distancing guidelines are followed etc.  I'm not sure how this affects the pub and club trade as it's vague in it's reference, being directed more towards theatres and ticket sales venues, but it's a step in the right direction for a return to normality, performance wise.



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