Barney is said by many to be blessed with many talents from being an dramatic/comedic actor on stage/screen, singer, musician, and entertainer. His stepmother Terry once told him many times regarding his comedy that " not doing comedy, you are missing your calling...". To that Barney embraces any success to his art and quips, “Well I ain’t dead yet!”

Beginning in high school, Barney discovered his love for music and theater. After acquiring a BA in theater performance, he toured the British Isles, central France and played stages from New England to Colorado, the Bahamas, to Boston. Since the mid 70s, he's been involved professionally as a singer/songwriter/entertainer as well as acting in theater and "on camera". He's been a part of several duos/trios, has opened for Livingston Taylor in concert, and performed on stage with David Wilcox. Barney has one CD to his credit. Today, he leads a heritage rock trio named "Coos Canyon" (named after his favorite boyhood swimming hole in western Maine). They have high hopes of producing a holiday CD for the 2009 Christmas season as well as Barney has design to work on a solo project.

"On camera", Barney has been in numerous Maine commercials - Megabucks, Handyman Tools, Next Gen, AAA holiday spot as an elf, and Hannaford to name a few. His first feature role on the big screen was in "Liberty, Maine" starring Eric Close. His national TV credit was a role in Fox's "Murder in Small Town X" 2001 - one of the first reality shows on TV shot in Eastport, Maine.

In 2005, Barney’s attention turned to the plight of the film industry of Maine. With his good friend and colleague Cameron Bonsey, they have dedicated significant amount of volunteer time advocating a more sustainable film industry for Maine. "Maine needs to advance its embrace in diverse economic development options in order to offer our children a future to realize a career, stay, and raise a family in Maine - the film industry can be a part of that solution to Maine’s economic landscape", says Martin. He has high hopes the legislature will give Maine its competitive edge in this industry in 2009. To further that goal, in March, Barney and Cameron encouraged the producer and director of an upcoming feature film budgeted at $20m adapted from Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones”, to come to Maine and arranged for them to meet with Governor Baldacci, the state house leaders, and executives, to discuss financial incentives for the purpose of shooting in Maine summer of 2009.

Lastly and most importantly, Barney is married and the father of four outstanding children. He lives in Scarborough. FMI or to book Barney Martin, please fill out our booking request form.

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