Sylvia Barnes' pedigree in tradintional music is a long and distinguished one. Together with her late husband, Jim, she formed the vocal nucleus of the influential Glasgow band Kentigern, and was one of the elite group of female vocalists to sing with the Battlefield Band, before moving to England in the 80's. Sylvia fronted several bands during this time and continued to perform as a duo with Jim, becoming firm favourites with folk club and festival audiences throughout the country and abroad. They received a number of well-received recordings.
Sylvia continues to be in demand as a solo singer, being a frequent guest at singing festivals in this country and in Ireland and was recognised as "Scots Singer of the Year" at The Scots Trad Awards of 2006. Among the very top flight of Scots singers, Sylvia is a dramatic performer with a wonderful voice. She cam render passion, humour and gentle semtiment with equal ease and has been described as "one of the finest ballad singers of her generation". Her deep commitment to her songs and her involvement in them bring them to life in a way that few other singers can achieve.