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'Love & Highways'
"...on his new album Love & Highways he’s managed to capture the often elusive mysterious country/roots music vibe that’s been mined to great effect by T Bone Burnett.....these songs are honest and telling due to a total lack of pretension or insincerity."
Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine (Canada)


"Last fall's echo-y Roots Canadiana classic,  Love & Highwaysby String Bone (AKA Barry James Payne), has been creeping into the Orbital flight pattern lately, by the grace of an anthem-level tune called Where Do You Go.
Calling for alliances of flesh and philosophy throughout the album, ("Let's go out and change the world / feel the power of your love"), this singular song stands out as a stark and lonesome summons to kindred spirits lost in the frosty circumstances of larger political developments. Feeling that?"
Paul Corby, Corby's Orbit, Radio Regent (Canada)



'nadir'
"taking the long way home at 5am cause you don't want to stop listening"
JiveWired (USA)

“Gordon Lightfoot and Lucinda Williams’ lovechild?
....if the alt.country stalwarts do it for you, with an added Lightfoot touch, then this is worth checking out.”

Patrick Wilkins, Americana-UK, (UK)


Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart & soul.
String Bone is the brain and soulchild of Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne. Starting from the singularly fertile soils of Payne’s native Southwestern Ontario, String Bone takes audiences on a journey of landscapes and emotions to the hardscrabble coalmines and plains of Americana, with a detour to the lush green hills of the British Isles. Lovers of alt-country, blues, folk, pop, rock and other contemporary and traditional elements will all feel welcome and at home on the String Bone wagon.

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LATEST STRING BONE NEWS

String Bone Presents! Concert Series 

Feb. 25, 2017 - 9:00am

Hey everyone,

Thanks for stopping in. Just getting my day going and feeling energized today. Rant Maggie Rant has a 12 noon rehearsal that I have to prepare for, but first coffee!

As many of you know, one of my loves in music is presenting artists at my concert series String Bone Presents!

This morning, I'm thinking about the amazing Alysha Brilla who last night performed at my concert series here in beautiful Stratford, ON, Canada. Now, I've been to hundreds of shows over the years and…Read more
Norderstedt/Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Norderstedt/Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Standing in Rock 'n' Roll doorway. Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Standing in Rock 'n' Roll doorway. Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Peter Scheibner

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Sarah Hallman

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Sarah Hallman

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Apr14

Stratford, ON - The Common - Barry James Payne & String Bone + Kim Beggs

Mar17

Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room Live in Rant Maggie Rant

Feb17

Stratford, ON - The Common - Barry's Mid-Winter Kitchen (Birthday) Party

Feb11

Peterborough, ON - String Bone - Blue Valentine, Teniversary - An annual tribute to Willie P Bennett w/ Sean Conway, Russell DeCarle, Spencer Evans, Joe Hall, David Berger, Jay Linden, Pat Temple, Rick Taylor plus more...

Feb10

London, ON - Aeolian Hall - String Bone - A Tribute To Willie P Bennett w/ David Essig, Allison Brown, New Cumberland, Jenny Whiteley, Lynne Hanson, Rick Taylor, Paul Langille, Mikey Ethelston

Feb9

Hamilton, ON - Artword.Artbar - String Bone - A Tribute To Willie P Bennett w/ Jenny Whitely, David Essig, Rick Taylor, Paul Langille, Lynne Hanson

Feb8

Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room Live - String Bone - A Willie P Bennett Tribute w/ Russell deCarle, David Essig, Linda McRae, Ginger St. James, Jenny Whiteley, Barry James Payne, Liam Russell, Rick Taylor, Pat Temple & The Hi Lo Players

Feb3

Guelph, ON - Silence. - String Bone - A Willie P Bennett Tribute w/ Scott Merritt, Linda McRae, Tannis Slimmon, Rick Taylor, Barry James Payne, Jenny Whiteley

Feb2

Stratford, ON - Revival House - String Bone - A Tribute To Willie P Bennett w/ Blurry Pickers, Allison Brown, David Essig, Deni Gauthier, Linda McRae, Rick Taylor and Jenny Whiteley

Dec17

London, ON - Aeolian Hall in Rant Maggie Rant

Dec16

Dorchester, ON - Private Event

Dec15

Stratford, ON - City Hall Auditorium in Rant Maggie Rant

Dec3

Stratford, ON - Factory163 - Barry performing with the INNERChamber w/ Dayna Manning

Dec2

Tilsonburg, ON - St. Paul's Church - Barry performing with the INNERChamber w/ Dayna Manning

Dec1

Brampton, ON - Brampton Folk Club - St. Paul's United Church, Sanderson Hall in Rant Maggie Rant

Nov30

Sarnia, ON - Imperial Theatre in Rant Maggie Rant w/ Emm Gryner + Sarnia School Of Irish Dance

Nov25

Seaforth, ON - Northside United Church in Rant Maggie Rant

Nov24

Owen Sound, ON - Heartwood - in Rant Maggie Rant

Nov17

Revival House - String Bone Presents Jully Black w/ Jenie Thai

Nov11

Windsor, ON - String Bone at Taloola Cafe w/ Allison Brown