Shane Fontayne

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Shane Fontayne
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Fontayne playing guitar while touring with Graham Nash
Background information
Birth name Michael Barakan
Also known as Mick Barakan
Born (1954-04-29) 29 April 1954 (age 62)
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Musician, audio engineer, sideman
Instruments Guitarist, vocals
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Ora
Randy VanWarmer
The Other Band
Steve Forbert
Lone Justice
Merchants of Venus
Bryan Adams
Marc Cohn
Bruce Springsteen
John Waite
Graham Nash

Shane Fontayne (born 29 April 1954, London, England) is the professional name of English rock guitarist Mick Barakan. Active since the 1970s, he was the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen during the 1992-1993 "Other Band" Tour, as Springsteen had disbanded his own E Street Band three years earlier.[1] During his career he has worked with Ian Hunter, Van Zant, John Waite, Chris Botti, Joe Cocker, Johnny Hallyday, Marc Cohn, Randy VanWarmer, Graham Nash and others.[2]


In the 1970s he was associated with Byzantium, an English psychedelic music band, and over the years has worked with a range of artists, including Steve Forbert (Little Stevie Orbit, 1980 album), Maria McKee (Maria McKee (1989 album) and later Joe Cocker (Heart & Soul, 2004 album), Richard Marx (My Own Best Enemy, 2004 album).

He has also been the guitarist for the French rocker Johnny Hallyday for his 1995 tour "Lorada tour", and 1996 concert in Las Vegas. In addition, Fontayne has been singer/songwriter Marc Cohn's touring guitarist since 1998. He has recently worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash and Graham Nash (solo) on tour.

On 2 December 2012 Fontayne played lead electric guitar for Ann and Nancy Wilson's version of "Stairway to Heaven" with Jason Bonham taking his father's position on drums honoring the remaining members of Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.

Personal life[edit]

Fontayne was married to actress Mackenzie Phillips from 1996 to 2000, and has a son with her, also named Shane, born in 1987. Fontayne's older brother Peter is a well known music critic in Japan.[3]


  • 1991: "Merchants of Venus"
  • 2003: What Nature Intended
  • 2006: Voodoo at the Mint


  1. ^ Dave Marsh (2006). Bruce Springsteen on tour, 1968-2005. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 192. ISBN 1-59691-282-0. 
  2. ^ "Credits for Shane Fontayne". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "Mackenzie Phillips". People (magazine). November 28, 1994. 

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