Barney James

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Barney James
Born Salford, Lancashire
Genres Rock, progressive rock, pop, jazz fusion, classical
Occupation(s) Drummer, actor
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970–2016
Associated acts Warhorse, Rick Wakeman
Website http://barneyjames.co.uk

Barney James (born in Salford, Lancashire) was an English drummer, actor and writer. He is known for being the drummer with Warhorse[1] and Rick Wakeman. His acting credits include the Derek Jarman films, Sebastiane[2] and Jubilee.[3]

After a career in the armed forces, James studied percussion at the Johnny Roadhouse School of Music and the Royal Northern School of Music. He played with a series of bands including Witnesses, Gracious, Forum, Legend, Warhorse and Rick Wakeman. With Wakeman, Barney played on Journey to the Centre of the Earth[4] and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.[5]

James continued to work in the music industry as a session musician with musicians including Dusty Springfield, P.J. Proby, Billy Joel, Frank Zappa, Kenny Loggins, John Martyn, Kiki Dee, James Taylor and Herbie Hancock.[6]

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