First of all, a huge thankyou to all the members of The Fridge Mechanics.  You remain an amazingly talented, supportive and faithful bunch of musicians, inspiring me to write and keep 'putting it out there, even at the tender age of [coughs uncontrollably].  And, of course to YOU if you've been able to come along to some of our live performances to listen to the songs and provide the support and encouragement which keeps this musical project going.  THANKS TO YOU ALL!!

We've really enjoyed showing some new videos and films the past few years and have a few new one's lined up for 2017.   People don't often get much chance to listen to the song lyrics when they are done live, too much else going on!  So we've been putting together some SONGSHEETS the past few years, which combine the animations and films composed for various songs with the actual lyrics of the songs. 

So, here's a small NEW YEAR GIFT, our the latest animation, based on the song Ruby Treads a Fine Line, featuring an animation from the superb illustrator Sarah Soncini, a very talented and imaginative animator and illustrator living in Paris.  She was wonderful to grow ideas with, so generous with her time and very patient!  More of her work can be found here:

RUBY TREADS A FINE LINE - VIDEO - SONGSHEET #3  (watch the video full screen to read the lyrics!)

There's something really wierd about the mix of academia, booze and celebrity which seems to happen quite a bit at Conferences I've been to.  This one, the subject of this song, was a few years ago when Ruby Wax entertained a Mindfulness Conference I was attending.  It was so surreal.  She appeared in a bright red dress, lounging on completely out of place, huge red settee, then treated us to her mix of American chat show humour which did indeed 'tread a fine line' as this song puts it. Content to have verse3 ottoshocked most of the people in the room, she then revealed more about her own  challenging mental health background which resulted in her using Mindfulness to get back on track.

I went back to my Air BnB with a real mix of emotions.  I felt inspired, shocked and even intrigued by Ruby;  anyway, this is the song which emerged that evening, almost intact as presented here now on You Tube.

This performance of 'Ruby' was recorded live at Priston Festival near Bath, Somerset, UK during our gig on the main stage in 2016.  Not the best recording in the world, but it captures the spirit of a live performance to an appreciative crowd!

The song isn't meant to be rude, or insulting, but hopefully captures the mix of admiration and intrigue and a sense of the surreal which I felt that evening.  Any of you out there who go to Conferences will recognise the territory, I am sure!


It was a great night ... standing room only, a wonderful audience and an inspiring and entertaining evening of prepared and improvised music.  Watch this space for more shots of the poets David Punter, Spikey Tim and Gillie Harries and singers Charlie and Jake, and some video's of our end of evening jam session.

Here is a shot of Barry and The Fridge mechanics, all SEVEN of us with our new second harmony singer Jenny Darren.  Jenny is a professional singer who has spent most of her life performing and recording with many bands.  She sang amazing harmonies on some of songs at the Kino and  will be joining the band full time in 2017.  A powerful, interpretive voice which is going to take our songs into new directions.  Click here to find out more about her!

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 Visit our new Watch section to see some archive videos of Barry performing with various members of the Fridge Mechanics at the now closed Valindra Open Mic in 2015.  Some great instrumental playing from Micko, Jamie Hill and James Anderson.


I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of integrating visual imagery with music and over the years have sometimes used films and slides when performing some of my songs.  Some of you will know The Shirt Song, a song I wrote about a tramp I used to see gazing longingly at a shirt in a shop window in Saville Row, London.  The song is all about dreaming and wishing and I always imagined a cartoon o
blueofmyeye cropped r animation to bring this story to life.  In 2015, I hired an Australian animator Durand Greig to interpret the song for us.  He did a wonderful job, there is a still from it on this page.  You can play it on this page, also here is a Youtube link to it if you want to view it full screen;  It's a Happy New Year pressie for you, and hope you enjoy it!  Let me know?  Leave some comments on YouTube!  I like the idea of sharing songs like this, with lyrics and images combined with a recording, so this will be Songsheet #1 of a series I will publish on Youtube this year.  I will be asking some other animators to produce some more interpretations of the songs we do.

Some of you will have heard a new song, Nailhouse, we performed last December at the Cafe Kino an
d at the Square Club in Clifton.  This song is about Chinese people who refuse to move their homes when a motorway or office block is bu ilt, so the authorities build them around their houses, until they eventually flamethrow or bully them out.  Their homes are called Nailhouses because they are 'nailed' to the ground.  I was moved and fascinated by the images of Nailhouses on Google, so I wrote a song about it.  A film maker called Diana Taylor, in Clifton, Bristol UK heard us performing this song, and has made a film based on the song lyrics and story of Nailhouses.  The film is an apt and powerful interpretation of the lyrics and music.  We are proud to present this song, and Diana's moving film.

GIGS IN 2017
Some of our festival 'favourites' will be coming up in 2017, including Victoria Park Festival in September, and Art on the Hill in October.   There will be another 'nearly unplugged' evening of semi acoustic music, including our band sometime in May or June, and a repeat of our recent Kino Echoes and Edges gig, again in May or June.  We are working on getting ourselves into some more local festivals sometime in 2017.

A NEW CD IN 2017?
New songs continued to arrive in 2016, and I am sure some more will make their appearance in 2017!  Creating music and lyrics is always an amazing experience, and it means a lot to be able to share these with you and receive your responses.  Our last CD was Indian Ink, made in December 2014, and we are hoping to get back into the studio toward the end of 2016 to make another.  Watch this space!


A CD of new and regular songs recorded with Dutch concert cellist Mieke de Laure in December 2014.  Sung and played by Barry Lane with guest appearances from the Fridge Mechanics band. Available as a CD or individual tracks via Paypal for £5 from the STORE (please have credit card ready)  listen to demo tracks from the CD HERE

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Cover artwork by Sarah Parkinson.
Calligraphy Mollie Meagre


Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics
Available as a CD or individual tracks via Paypal for £5 from the STORE
(please have credit card ready) 
listen to demo tracks from the CD HERE

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 Cover artwork conceived and designed by
Barry Lane and Sarah Parkinson.