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Barry Melton


Barry Woodstock
Barry Melton at Woodstock

Dimbola Museum & Galleries in Freshwater Bay are presenting a concert featuring the best of US West Coast psychedelic music, with Woodstock Festival hero Barry Melton – founder member of Country Joe and the Fish – on Monday (1st August).

Country Joe and the Fish are one of the most influential psychedelic groups that emerged from the San Francisco scene during the ’60s. In May 1967, Country Joe and the Fish released their debut album, “Electric Music For The Mind & Body”.  It was consistently featured by John Peel on his radio show.  The album was a chart success and has never been out of print. It unfailingly appears in lists of the top psychedelic albums ever made.

During 1967 Summer of Love,  Country Joe and the Fish were rocketed onto the world stage at the Monterey Pop Festival, together with The Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who – and a relatively unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix. 3 years later, Hendrix was to play one of his last gigs at The Isle Of Wight Festival.

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Country Joe and the Fish’s most famous appearance was 1969’s legendary  Woodstock Festival: the performance was immortalised in the Woodstock film, acknowledged as the best music festival film ever released.

Country Joe and the Fish effectively split up in 1971 but played together occasionally: they released 2 reunion albums in 1977 and 1994. From 1970 onwards, Barry released a number of solo albums, recorded 2 albums with Man in Rockfield Studios in Wales, and toured extensively in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, and even Thailand.

In the 1980s, Barry put together San Francisco’s historic supergroup, The Dinosaurs, which also featured members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother And The Holding Company, and The Grateful Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter. Barry now fronts his own Barry Melton Band in the U.S.A,  and in France is lead guitarist with Jamasutra, who recorded the acclaimed album  “Revolution Down the Road”.   The band also features virtuoso French guitarist and banjo player Stephane Missri, who joins him at Dimbola on the first gig of their  2022 UK tour.

Also appearing as special guests will be the former bass player of Country Joe and The Fish, Bruce Barthol, whose plaudits include appearing as bass player on  “Electric Music For The Mind & Body” and appearing at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Canadian singer/guitarist Natalie Martel,  who has a long history of involvement in the San Francisco Bay area music scene.

There will also be the welcome return on keyboards of Rob Beckinsale, who caused a sensation at Dimbola in May when he appeared as keyboard player and vocalist for Greg Douglass (of the Steve Miller band) with  Pompatus of Love.

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Doors open at 19:00 or 18:00 if you have booked the Chilli Meal. Tickets are £9 and available online from or tickets can be reserved at Dimbola.

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