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In addition to arranging and recording, I perform for festivals and social events, charity fund raising events, garden parties and any general gathering!

I arrange folk songs and am currently performing in and arranging for a folk duo
"Helen & Paul" and a folk group "The Summerhouse Band"


Folk Duo "Helen & Paul"

“Helen James & Paul Barclay: Two voices blend with classical guitar in crafted arrangements of traditional and original folk music; beautiful harmonies with songs ranging from sensitive and thoughtful through to lively and full of fun”

Helen & Paul
John's Church Keynsham 2017


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Helen & Paul
Keynsham Music Festival 2016


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Helen & Paul
with Alice Barclay violin
Priston Music Festival 2015

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"The Summerhouse Band" Folk Group

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Helen James, Paul Barclay, Ken Dale, Alice Barclay and Camilla Litchfield. Rooted in folk music our repertoire explores the potential of rich arrangements of folk songs with violin, cello, guitar and keyboard

The Summerhouse Band
Priston Festival 2016


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Though performing with other musicians I have incorporated folk, jazz, flamenco and world music styles into my playing technique. I have led and arranged for various guitar ensembles including The Bristol Classical Guitar Society ensemble for over a decade, arranged, composed for and directed community singing groups and tutored classical and folk guitar to all ages and all abilities for many years!


Previous performing projects include

Ali & Helen - Folk Duo

Helen and Ali

….with West Country fiddler Ali Nourse
Ali & Helen performed many concerts and festivals entertaining with their dynamic arrangements of original and traditional folk music for fiddle and guitar

Duo Recado

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…with mandolin player David Griffiths
Duo Recado’s repertoire encompassed jazz, folk, classical, flamenco and Choro styles

Brejeiro - Choro Group


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…with David Griffiths and Mike Pryor on mandolins and Andy Fuller on percussion
Brejeiro specialised in the music of South America and performed for festivals and events locally and nationally

Three Piece Suite - Jazz & Folk Trio

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….with West Country jazz pianist John Hooper and fiddler Ali Nourse
Three Piece Suite hosted a monthly venue in Somerset for almost a decade, performing with national and international guest jazz and folk musicians and also toured with the legendary Fred Wedlock, performing many combined concerts.