Barry was first introduced to Square Dancing in 1967 by Bob & Shirley McInnes. At that time Barry was an
Electrical Apprentice at the Port Kembla Steelworks and Bob was his tradesman. Barry's first view of this
activity was when he was asked to take Bob & Shirley to a NSW SD Society Ball at Paddington. Barry spent
the night listening to the great callers and watching the dancers have so much fun, that he decided that he
wanted to try this activity.
At that time there was no Square Dance Club in Wollongong, only Bob & Shirley dancing to tapes with a
group of friends at home and Corrimal Methodist Church. Barry jumped in and was hooked straight away,
He even had his first attempt at calling that same year at a special party night.
In 1968 Terry Dodd and Russ Eastment came down from Sydney and started a new club at Tarrawanna.
Barry was there from the first night. Later that year Ron Jones in Sydney ran a Callers Class....naturally
Barry was on board from the start. Barry called most weeks at Roy Etherington's Clempton Park Club in
Sydney…just a single Singing call, but the bug would not let go.
He started his first club The StarTwirlers in Wollongong the following year. This group transitioned into the
Whalin 8's. He also called in Sydney with Arthur Gates at his club in Sutherland.
In 1974 Barry started a new club in Sydney, in the southern suburb of Loftus. This new group was called the Red Barons, and has been in operation ever since.
Of course Barry also loved to visit other groups, traveling to Victoria in 1973 for their State Convention. He met up with many callers who have remained close friends ever since. National Conventions were a must,
and in Adelaide he met up with the Humphries clan from Melbourne. And of course not too long after
married Sue Humphries. The Victorian Callers Association at the time made him an honorary
Barry and Sue travelled to the USA in 1976 to attend the 25th National USA Convention in Anaheim,
California. 40,000 dancers attended. At this Convention Barry and Sue met many callers who gave him the
idea of travelling again to the USA just to call. Barry was invited to the USA to call a festival shortly
afterwards, and made over 16 calling trips to the US. He called for many Clubs, Festivals and State
Conventions during that time.
In 1990 he was asked to call in Germany and Sweden. This first trip was to be the first of 17 trips in 14 yearsto fulfill his calling dates all across Europe. He has called in England, Chanel Islands, France, Italy,
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
New Zealand was always calling, and Barry was first engaged to call a Festival weekend there in 1984. He has lost count of the number of times that he has called there.
In 2000 Barry decide to cut the overseas calling engagements in order to spend more time with his family. Heis the proud dad of Amerie (born in 1988) and Alessa (7 years later). He now also has an 8 year old
He still travels regularly in Australia and occasionally New Zealand for Festival Weekends.
Barry also published a widely read and respected Caller Note Service called FIGURING from 1977 until
1988. In 2016 he put pen to paper again and now publishes a monthly 40 page magazine for Callers titled
"Behind The Mike". This is a free magazine, distributed via email to over 700 callers worldwide.
He has been actively involved in all aspects of Square Dancing over the years, not just as a caller and teacher, but in the administrative side as well. He has been President of the NSW Callers Association, Education
Officer for SARDANSW, Publicity Officer for SARDANSW, Program Manager at two National Conventions
in NSW as well as 4 NSW State Conventions. He is currently serving on the Board of the Australian Callers Federation (ACF) as Chairman, as well as holding the positions of Registrar and State Coordinator.
In what little spare time he has, Barry is a keen Gamer….not the gambling type games, but solid Strategy
Board games. He also served as President of the local University Guild Games Group for a number of years.
He is still actively involved in this group gaming every second Sunday, and at every other time when he can
gather a group together.
All of the family are also very keen movie buffs. Barry has a large collection of over 6000 Blu Rays and
DVDs. His love of music is also still very strong as can be seen by his collection of over 6000 CDs.
Barry's life has always been a full one. In 1980 he went back to University as a mature age student and
completed a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. He had previously studiedat TAFE where he completed his Engineering Certificate, which followed on after he had finished his
apprenticeshipas an Electrical Mechanic.
Barry now fills his time calling four nights a week, gaming, watching movies, reading (although nowadays
only audio books!!), writing, and spending quality time with his family.