WoodBarry is a group of Bay Area veteran musicians featuring an eclectic mix of music from the ’60s to the present. Nancy Hall (from the Curios and the Finger Puppets, as well as Neil Young’s touring company), Woody Trevorrow (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones) and Barry Silverblatt (from Hearts on Fire and other groups he won’t discuss) create complex instrumental interplay and soaring harmonies.
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Raised by bears in the northwest, Robert “Woody” Trevorrow came to music early in life as the best looking guy in the California surf band “The Montells.” Signed to a record contract in New York, his parents panicked and sent him off to college. As the ’60s and ’70s swallowed many, Woody’s life continued through a tour in Vietnam, grad school, marriage and children. He finally found his way back to musica nervosa, co-founding Hearts on Fire with old friend Glenn Houston and recruiting Barry Silverblatt to spot the ball. 15 years, 24 members, records, albums and many large stages, Woody retired to his community organizing work and a burgeoning horse breeding business. Soon bored, he rejoined his old friend Glenn and accepted the seminal role as bass player with Houston Jones. Always a singer, Woody matriculated to an a capella jazz group for an album of standards…even though the horse business became a ranch, he couldn’t let go of his old friends Barry and Glenn, and soon joined by Nancy Hall, formed WoodBarry and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!!
Barry Silverblatt began playing and singing in both rock ‘n’ roll and jazz bands during the Eisenhower administration. After a few years of excruciating piano lessons, he switched to guitar, which has been his main instrument ever since. Moving to California during his mid-life crisis, he first joined a band (which will remain nameless) playing pornographic parodies of popular songs. He was rescued by Woody Trevorrow and Glenn Houston and asked to join Hearts on Fire, which had a distinguished career in the Bay Area, opening for such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmy Lou Harris, Merle Haggard, and many, many others. He was a founding member of Birdz of Play, and also plays with In The Swing (a vocal trio specializing in songs from the ’30s, ’40s and beyond). He lives in Berkeley with his wife, a grand piano and many guitars. He is available to play weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals.
Singer/songwriter and musician Nancy Hall was born and raised in Pacifica, California. At 19 Nancy began to work as a vocalist and later a vocal arranger and multi-instrumentalist at many of the major recording studios around the San Francisco Bay Area, but primarily with longtime musical collaborator Lee Parvin at Parvin Studios in Pacifica, California, working with artists such as Taj Mahal, the late great Michael Bloomfield, guitarist Peter Kaukonen, Randy Jackson of “American Idol” and Vicki Randal of The Tonight Show Band, among others. Hall was eventually hired as a vocalist with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, touring the world with them and appearing on several CDs. Nancy has also recorded, toured and performed with The Looters, D’Cuckoo, Snakewalk, The Venusians, Birdz of Play and The Fingerpuppets. With their band The Curios, she and Parvin have developed a quirky and eclectic style of writing, singing and performing as a duo.