Tina Louise Barr | Breakin' Tradition

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Breakin' Tradition

by Tina Louise Barr

BREAKIN' TRADITION features the signature styles of Tina Louise Barr on the autoharp. Tina plays all the instruments: autoharp, guitar, electric bass, and percussion. Highly recommended instrumental CD. NEW! Click "LINKS" for AUTOHARP WORLD!
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Breakin' Out the Bubbly
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2:52 album only
2. Off She Goes / Trippin' Up the Stairs
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3:03 album only
3. Flowers of Edinburgh
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3:10 album only
4. Sidh Beag Sidh Mor
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3:47 album only
5. Doggy Doin's
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1:41 album only
6. O'Carolan's Concerto
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2:20 album only
7. St. Anne's Reeling!
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2:58 album only
8. Five Foot Two
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3:34 album only
9. Cielito Lindo
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4:01 album only
10. A March in Time Medley
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5:45 album only
11. Endearing Young Charms
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2:31 album only
12. Cherokee Shuffle
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13. Riding a Wave to Scotland the Brave
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14. La Bamba
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Album Notes
TINA LOUISE BARR is a virtuoso performer of the Autoharp, a multi-stringed instrument of American origin. Traditionally, it was strummed as accompaniment to folk tunes and gentle ballads. Tina now gives a whole new definition to the Autoharp.

BREAKIN' TRADITION illustrates Tina's extraordinary musical approach, demonstrating the Autoharp as far beyond a take-along instrument strummed softly by a campfire. Tina Louise Barr introduces a new dimension to the Autoharp with incomparably clear lead melody and high-geared rhythm.

Tina Louise Barr is well-known for a multitude of innovative and versatile styles on the Autoharp. In addition, Tina plays all of the other instruments on BREAKIN' TRADITION: guitar, electric bass, tambourine, wooden claves, and bodhran.

Tina has created her own musical arrangements on BREAKIN' TRADITION, with numerous hidden touches of humor sprinkled throughout the recording, such as the cartoon scenario in her original composition, "Doggy Doin's", or her surfside bass riffs in "Riding a Wave to Scotland the Brave".

Tina gives solo performances and also performs with her band "TINA LOUISE BARR AND HOT WIRE". Recognized as a leader in her field, she gives Autoharp workshops at music festivals across the country. Tina's musical influences range anywhere from traditional folk and bluegrass, to classical, dixieland jazz, western swing, Celtic, Latin, blues, or rock and roll.

Tina Louise Barr is listed in the resource publication:
MusicHound Folk (Visible Ink Press).

Tina also is listed among top U.S. bluegrass performers in the website:


Tina Louise Barr is a winner of the Modesto Area Music Association (MAMA) Awards, in the "Best Americana" category.

Tina is available for professional studio work and will record lead melody or rhythm tracks for creative artists needing a fresh sound in video or music productions.


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Autoharp Clearinghouse

Tina Louise Barr plays the autoharp with drive, fluidity, & clarity.
"Breakin' Tradition is enjoyably balanced in its material. In addition to melodically inventive arrangements of both traditional and contemporary pieces, Tina Louise Barr includes two cleverly constructed tunes of her own composition.

An adept instrumentalist, Tina plays the autoharp with drive, fluidity, and clarity. Breakin' Tradition proves Tina Louise Barr to be an innovative force in the world of the autoharp."

Dirty Linen Music Magazine

"Clearly in command of the autoharp as a melody instrument."
"In the right hands, the autoharp can adapt itself to a wide variety of musical styles. Tina Louise Barr illustrates this on Breakin' Tradition. She is clearly in command of the autoharp as a melody instrument."

David Van Syoc

She's one the very best 'harpers on the planet- and shows it...
I love the way she extends the repertoire of the autoharp. A few support instruments (which she plays as well) enhance the centerpiece- autoharp. Loved this cd even more than her Rockin' Harp cd. Very "clean" yet rapid technique when called for.