Dawn Barrington (WA)

7pm, Saturday 18th February 2023

Dawn Barrington
Dawn Barrington is a contemporary folk rock singer songwriter based in Denmark WA.  She’s a bit of a traditional storyteller at heart and her catchy choruses and the rich lyrical content of her songs makes for an engaging performance.  She loves to encourage audience participation and knows how to make everyone feel totally at home with her.
Dawn grew up in the heart of the Cotswold’s in the UK where her family, who were professional pianists, introduced her to classical piano.  However, she didn’t take to the piano, it wasn’t quite the platform from which she needed to express herself so after more than a few years in the wilderness she found herself  on Australian shores as a young adult.  Words and writing had always been her passion, but it was a bit later that she began to turn her words into songwriting material. The guitar became the perfect vehicle to give rhythm, melody and expression to her stories. The way in which she emotionally connects to the songs has likened her to artists such as Joan Baez, Margaret Roadknight, Janis Ian and Bob Dylan.
To date Dawn has released an EP “Voices”, a Single “Women of War” and an Album “Break of the Day”.  Women of War has received a lot of attention on Youtube and had a considerable amount of airplay on stations across Australia including ABC Regional. Dawn has been performing across WA at local festivals, clubs and venues and she recently released her debut album “Break of the Day” at Nannup Music Festival. Sydney is one of her favourite city’s to visit and perform. 

Visit her web site.

“Dawn’s last song was “Cross to Bear” about the powerful people in the world and their effects.  Done with a Celtic rhythm there’s a sense of anger, passion and determination in the song.  It’s almost like it’s built like an aural protest march, that’s striving to right some of the wrongs in society.  A top performance Dawn, brining a bit WA music into the Society’s monthly Concert.”  - G. Fitzgerald (The Songwriting Society of Australia Magazine Sept 2016)

“Inspired by a documentary on the women left behind by war, Great Southern Institute of Technology’s Dawn Barrington has released her single, Women of War…….Ms Barrington said the song was an important one for her and she wanted use her music to highlight other social issues.  Ms Barrington will be playing at the Denmark Festival of Voice this weekend.” - T Wolfe (Albany Advertiser May 2015)

“Dawn Barrington is a folk singer from Western Australia and I became aware of her music in September of 2014 when I downloaded her track Voices from AMRAP. Early 2015 saw the release of the single “Women of War” to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and put the war in a perspective not often acknowledged, that of the women who either took part directly or who stepped up to support the war effort from Australia as well as generally keeping the home fires burning.

I would describe Dawn’s music as a set of carefully crafted lyrics’ riding an original meandering tune to simultaneously arrive at a point.

A few months back, Dawn toured the east coast for the first time and I was lucky enough to have her as a guest on Rare Traxx & Eclectic where she sang live in the studio. Later that same week, I went to the Illawarra Folk Club to see Dawn perform live. I witnessed a very warm exchange between artist and audience which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I look forward to Dawns next visit and the possibility of seeing her perform live at a house concert venue.”  - Michael Hayes (Producer, 2MCR 100.3FM)