The Group

There is a large and impressive network of musicians and other professionals affiliated with the Kevin Barrett Group. Any of these people might be involved in a performance, recording or other project sometime soon.

The following is a list of some of the fine people we work with these days.

Drew Birston
Bass / Composition
Bassist Drew Birston is a versatile musician who has been active on the Canadian music scene for over twenty years. He has toured, recorded and performed with many artists in the jazz and pop scenes, including Amanda Martinez, the Sultans of String, the Ron Davis Trio, Justin Hines, Chantal Kreviazuk, Melanie Doane, Sarah Slean, Wild Strawberries, and the Leslie Spit Treeo. When in Toronto, he keeps busy performing live and working on albums and jingles. Drew is a member of Polite Science with Tim Shia and Kevin.

Tim Shia

Drums / Percussion / Composition
Saskatoon-born drummer and bandleader, Tim Shia has performed and recorded with many of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians, played festivals and shows across the country and recorded and composed music for CDs, television and film. His current projects include: the Worst Pop Band Ever, LEO37, and the Micronauts, Rhonda Stakich and the Chris Hunt Tentet. Tim is also a member of Polite Science with Drew Birston and Kevin.

Mark Duggan
Vibraphone / Percussion
Percussionist Mark Duggan has been active in the Canadian music scene for many years as both performer and composer. Working with such groups as the Evergreen Club Gamelan, the percussion ensemble NEXUS, or his own group Vuja dé, Mark's versatile blend of world and contemporary percussion has impressed audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Festival de Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville and the Lincoln Center in New York.

Julie Michels

Julie Michels has been singing as long as she can remember and landed her first paying gig at the age of 15. Starting out in folk, rock, and blues, with a brief detour into Scottish highland dance, Julie had already begun to develop her distinctively soulful sound in clubs and on radio when she was introduced to jazz by legendary bassist Richard Davis. For several years Julie divided her time between gigs in Europe and North America before settling in Toronto, where she has played with Kevin Barrett, George Koller, and Wayne Cass. In 2003 Julie & Kevin released Live at Statler’s, which can be heard regularly on Toronto's Jazz.FM91.

David Wall
David Wall is a singer, composer, lyricist and vocal coach. He has performed and recorded as lead vocalist of the much revered rhythm and blues band the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, and with Toronto’s highly acclaimed Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, as well as with an impressive cross-section of artists including Big Sugar, The Barenaked Ladies, Lorraine Segato and Ken Whiteley. Since 2001 David has developed a busy career as a composer, working with directors such as Simcha Jacobovici, Avi Lewis, Michael Maclear and John Greyson and has written many scores for film and television.

Henry Heillig
Bass / Composition
Bassist Henry Heillig is best known for his long years as co-leader of the award winning salsa/funk/jazz band Manteca. Henry has been musical director for both the Genie and Gemini Awards (Canadian film and Televison) shows, and has composed music for film and documentaries. Recently, he has been touring Canada with Carlos del Junco, and leading his own contemporary jazz quartet the Heillig Manoeuvre.

Glenn Anderson
Toronto drummer Glenn Anderson leads his own small big band, whose CD 'Swingin the Blues' was released in 2003. Glenn is also a much sought-after sideman, performing many styles of music in clubs, concerts, festivals, cruise ships, recordings, and television appearances. He has worked with such notable artists as Swing Rosie, Melissa Stylianou, Alex Pangman, Big Rude Jake, New Orleans trumpeter Kevin Clark, Jake Langley, Georgette Fry and The Excelsior Jazz Band and many others.

Mark Shannon
Bass / Recording Engineer / Producer
Mark Shannon has been producing, writing and performing music in the Toronto area for over two decades. He has produced recordings for many talented artists in a wide range of material spanning Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Folk and Alt-Country. Mark composes music for documentary and feature films, and has also written and produced radio jingles and themes. He also gigs regularly on his main instrument - the electric bass, and is comfortable playing in many musical genres. He owns and operates The TreeFort Recording and Mastering Studio. Mark co-produced, mixed and mastered both Kevin Barrett Group CDs, and mastered ‘Live at Statler’s’.

Mark Congram
Drums / Tech Support
Mark Congram was the original drummer the Kevin Barrett Group, and is one of the tastiest time-keepers ever. One of the problems in the world is that Mark isn’t playing much these days. He does, however, have a successful career as a Systems Administrator, and often helps keep Kevin’s household "on-line".

Doug Banwell
Woodwinds / Web Design
Originally from Kingston, Ontario, woodwind player Doug Banwell now makes his home in Huntsville. In addition to his proficiency on just about anything in the saxophone, flute or clarinet families, Doug is a busy computer consultant and web designer (you are enjoying his work right now.) See too.