Barry Korcheski

Barry began his career at the age of 16 performing with local bands across Ontario and Quebec. As a soloist Barry performed in Canada, the southern USA, Australia and New Zealand and on several cruise ships. His versatility, smooth performance style and enthusiasm are well received by audiences in piano bars, five star hotels and restaurants, corporate venues, jazz festivals and on cruise ships. As an international performer and experienced musician Barry also enjoys performing with other bands and backing entertainers.

Barry performs in Nelson as a soloist and has also established a number of local bands including: “The Moonlighters”, “The Tahunatics”, “Hammond Eggs” and a six-piece big band featuring the “Bay Horns”.

Barry is versatile and easily embraces a variety of musical styles from county & western…to polkas… to pop…to rock…to big band standards…to latin…to children’s music…to romantic dinner music…etc. Barry is an international performer and experienced musician with the ability to sing, play bass keyboard and piano with or without computer music sequences.

Barry is a professional committed to delivering his best. Barry is an established recording artist and works easily with other musicians and venues. Barry enjoys his work and projects positive attitude, personality and humour into his work to please audiences of any size, style, mood or personality.

Some of Barry’s recent achievements include:- Participated in the Nelson Jazz Festival for the last four consecutive years.
- Performed as pianist for the musicals, “Grease” and the “Copacabana”.
- Wrote and recorded a new jingle for the local “Fresh FM” radio station.
- Featured as the entertainer for Giants New Zealand national basketball team season games four the past four years.
- Received several newspaper reviews and song writing and performance awards.
- Performed as a studio musician in several recording studios.
- Nominated as Trustee Director for the Tasman Arts and Drama Trust (TASMAD) Inc.
- Member of the Artist and Performer Rights Association (APRA) in Australia/ NZ.

Regardless of the venue…sports events, Broadway shows, concert performances, jazz festivals or crooning with baby boomers at the piano bar Barry delivers his best to please audiences of all ages.

Ideal for: background for wedding, birthday, business function, garden party, concert

It is quite common to have cocktail background piano music after the wedding ceremony while the guests wait for the bride and groom to go off and get their photos taken. eg. 1 to 2 hours of background music prior to the dinner / reception.

Barry can also play a CD between breaks and during dinner if required and provide PA, lights and a microphone for the speeches if needed. 

Background Dinner Music

Accentuate the Positive
Addams Family Theme
All the Things You Are
Alley Cat
Anniversary Waltz
Alone Again Naturally
Arthurs Theme
As Long As He Needs Me
Baby Elephant Waltz
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Bronco Billy
Blue Bossa
Blue Velvet
Born Free
Blue Hawaii
Blue Skies
Born Too Late
Broken Hearted Melody
Can’t Help that Lovin’ Man
Canadian Sunset
Can’t Smile Without You
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Candle in the Wind
Chim Chim cheree
Colour My World
Danny Boy’Dark Eyes
Day By Day
Deep Purple
Didn’t We
Dream Weaver
Easter Parade
Ebb Tide
Fiddler on the Roof
If I Were A Rich Man
Flashdance What A Feeling
Georgy Girl
The Flintstones
Fly me to the Moon
Getting to Know You
God Save the Queen
Godfather Waltz
Godfather II
Green Dolphin Street
Hava Nagila
Heart and Soul
Heigh Ho
Here’s that Rainy Day
Hill Street Blues Theme
How Little We Know
I Dreamed A Dream
I Love You
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
Impossible Dream
In A Mellow Tone
In the Mood
I Remember Clifford
It Had to be You
I Wish You Love
I Will Follow Him
I Will Wait For you
Just My Imagination
Killing Me Softly
The Last Time I Felt Like This
Love me With All Your Heart
Stranger in Paradise
Love is A Many Splendored Thing
Loveboat Theme
A Lover’s Concerto
Love Story
Mr Sandman
Midnight Cowboy
Mountain Greenery
Moonlight Serenade
Morning Has Broken
My Cherie Amore
My One and Only Love
My Shining Hour
My Way
Nadias Theme
Night Train
Never on Sunday
On A Slow Boat to China
Ol’ Man River
On A Clear Day
Once in A lifetime
The Odd Couple
On the Street Where You Live
On the Sunny Side of the Street
One Tin soldier
Our Day Will Come
People Will Say We’re In Love
Saving All My Love For You
Save the Best for Last
A Little Night Music
Send in the Clowns
So in Love
Softly As I Leave you
The Song is You
Somewhere Out There
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
The Sound of Music
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
Standing on the Corner
The Summer Knows
The Stripper
A Summer Place
Sunshine of Your Life
Tea for Two
September Song
Theme from Star Trek
Theme from Ice Castles
Through the Years
Till There Was You
True Love
Too Close For Comfort
Too Young
Try To Remember
The Twelfth of Never
Up Up and Away
Watch What Happens
The Way We Were
We’ve Only Just Begun
Whatever Will Be Will Be
What I Did For Love
Whatever Lola Wants
What the World Needs Now
When You Wish Upon A Star
Where the Boys Are
Wind Beneath My Wings
What’ll I Do
Where is Your Heart
A Whole New World
Wonderful Wonderful
Yellow Bird
You Light Up My Life
You Call Everybody Darling
You Made Me Love You
You Needed Me
You’ve Got A Friend
Zorba the Greek

Background music standards:

A Lot of Livin’ to do
As Time Goes By
A Day in the Life of Fool
Almost Like Being in Love
Besame Mucho
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Call Me Irresponsible
Chanson D’amour
Climb Every Mountain
Come Fly With Me
Cry Me A River
Days of Wine and Roses
How Deep is the Ocean
Hello Dolly
How Insensitive
How High the Moon
Hello Dolly
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I Got Rhythm
I Get A Kick Out of You
In the Still of the Night
I Only Have Eyes For You
I’m in the Mood For Love
I Love Paris
The Impossible Dream
Its All Right With Me
I Don’t Know Why
It Was A Very Good Year
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Its Not For me to Say
It Had to be You
I’ve Got You Under my Skin
I’ve Got A Crush on You
I’ve Got the Whole World on A String
Lady is A Tramp
Lets Fall in Love
Les Bicyclettes De Bel Size
The Look of Love
Love is Here to Stay
Mack the Knife
The Man I Love
Make Someone Happy
Moonlight in Vermont
Moon River
Mona Lisa
The More I See You
My Funny Valentine
Nature Boy
The Nearness of You
Nevertheless I’m in Love With You
Night and Day
Old Cape Cod
Pennies From Heaven
Quando Quando Quando
Quiet Night of Quiet Stars
Route 66
Satin Doll
Secret Love
Sentimental Journey
The Shadow of Your Smile
Since I Fell For you
Something Stupid
So In Love
Some Enchanted Evening
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Stormy Weather
Strangers in the Night
Thanks for the Memory
That’s Amore
That’s Life
The Way You Look Tonight
When Sunny Gets Blue
Wives and Lovers
What A Wonderful World
What A Difference A Day Makes
The Very Thought of You
Who Can I Turn to
Willow Weep For me
You Make me Feel so Young


Ave Maria
Brahms Lullaby
Fur Elise
Moonlight Sonata
Ode to Joy
Skaters Waltz

Latin American:

Blue Bossa
Blue Tango
Cherry Pink
Girl From Ipanema
How Insensitive
Jamaica Farewell
Just the Way You Are
My Cherie Amore
Quando Quando
Shadow of Your Smile
Something stupid
Spanish Eyes
Strangers in the Night
Tea for Two
Under the Boardwalk
Watch What Happens
Yellow Bird

Lounge Music:

Abraham, Martin and John
After the Lovin
Breaking Up is Hard to do
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Could I Have this Dance
Could it be Magic
Don’t Worry About A Thing
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Endless Love
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
Fire and Rain
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Going Out of my Head
Have I Told you Lately
Hey There Lonely Girl
How Sweet it is To Be Loved By You
I Don’t Know How to Love Him
I Feel the Earth Move
If I Were A Carpenter
I’m Easy
It Never Rains in Southern California
Its Not Unusual
I Write the Songs
Just Once
Just the Way You Are
Just A Gigolo
Laughter in the Rain
The Lady in Red
The Last Waltz
Let it be me
Lets Stay Together
Love Letters in the Sand
Lookin’ For Love
Love on the Rocks
Make it With You
Me and Mrs Jones
Monday Monday
More Today than Yesterday
My Way
New York State of Mind
Only You
Phantom of the Opera
Piano Man
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
Saving All My Love For You
She’s Got A Way About Her
Solitary Man
Song Sung Blue
Spanish Harlem
Tears in Heaven
Three Times A Lady
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before
To Sir With Love
Tonights the Night
Turn Around Look At Me
Unchained Melody
Under the Boardwalk
Walk on by
We’ve Only Just Begun
Way WE Were
When I Need You
What’s Going On
The Worst That Could Happen
You Don’t Have to Say you Love me
You’ll Never Walk Alone
You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling
Wonderful Tonight
You are so Beautiful
American Pie
Bad Leroy Brown
Bad Moon Rising
At the Hop
Baby You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Barbara Ann
The Birds and the Bees
Black Magic Woman
Blue Velvet
Brown Eyed Girl
Bye Bye Love
Build me Up Buttercup
Blueberry Hill
Calendar Girl
California Girls
Chantilly Lace
Charlie Brown
City of New Orleans
Dancing in the Street
December 1963 Oh What A Night
Dancing Queen
Dock of the Bay
Don’t Stop it Now
Do You Wanna Dance
Down on the Corner
Earth Angel
Everybody Needs Somebody
Dream Lover
Evil Ways
Feeling Alright
Green Door
Gimme Some Lovin
Got my Mojo Working
Good Lovin
Hang on Sloopy
Happy Together
Hanky Panky
He’s My Brother
The Heat is on
Help me Rhonda
Hey Baby
High Heel Sneakers
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Hotel California
I Can See Clearly Now
I Can’t Get no Satisfaction
I Feel Good
If You Think I’m Sexy
I’m A Believer
It’s My Party
I Shot the Sheriff
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny
It’s Still Rock n Roll to me
I Will Survive
Johnny Be Good
Joy to the World
Knock on Wood
The Letter
Light my Fire
Limbo Rock
Listen to the Music
Louie Louie
Let me be There
Looking for Love
Love is in the Air
Love Potion Number 9
Mony Mony
Never Can Say Goodbye
My Own Way to Rock
Old Time Rock n Roll
Only the Lonely
Peggy Sue
Peppermint Twist
Rose Garden
Rock Around the Clock
Roll Over Beethoven
Ruby Baby
Running Bear
Secret Agent Man
Signed Sealed Delivered
Sixteen Candles
Sweet Caroline
Surfin’ USA
Stairway to Heaven
Sweet Caroline
Stagger Lee
Taking Care of Business
Take Good Care of my Baby
Tears in Heaven
Tears on my Pillow
A Teenager in Love
Ten Guitars
That’ll be the Day
True Love Ways
The Twist
Twist and Shout
Under my Thumb
Under the Boardwalk
The Wanderer
Wake Up Little Susie
What I’d Say
Yellow River
We Built This City
Whiter Shade of Pale
Where the Boys Are
Who Can it be Now
Wild Thing
Wolly Bully
Your Mama Don’t Dance


Don’t Cry for me Argentina
Everything is Coming up Roses
Jeepers Creepers
Just One of Those Things
I Feel Pretty

Broadway / Jazz Standards:

A Day in the Life of A Fool
A Foggy Day
After the Loving
Ain’t Misbehaving
All Blues
All of me
As Time Goes by
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Days of Wine and Roses
Don’t Get Around Much
Everybody Loves Somebody
Fire and Rain
Fly Me to the Moon
God Bless this Child
Going out of my Head
How High the Moon
I left me Heart in San Francisco
I Love Paris
I Remember Clifford
I Wish You Love
If Ever I would Leave You
I’m Beginning to See the Light
I’m in the Mood For Love
In the Mood
It Don’t Mean A Thing
It Had to be You
I’ve Got You Under my Skin
Lady is A Tramp
Love and Marriage
Love is Here to Stay
Mac the Knife
Making Whoopee
Mona Lisa
Moonlight in Vermont
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
My Way
New York New York
Night Train
On A Clear Day
Over the Rainbow
Pennies From Heaven
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Rambling Rose
Route 66
Satin Doll
Since I Fell for You
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Something Stupid
Stormy Weather
Swinging Shepherds Blues
Take the A Train
That’s Life
The Saints
The Summer Wind
They Can’t Take that Away From Me
What A Wonderful World
What Kind of Fool Am I
What Now my Love
When I Fall in Love
When Sunny Gets Blue
Who Can I Turn to
Willow Weep For Me
Could I have this Dance
Les Bicyclettes
Mr Bojangles
My Favourite Things
Que Sera Sera
Somewhere my Love
Tenessee Waltz
Three Times A Lady

Good afternoon David,
Thank you very much for your email.
Yes, Barry was spectacular and had our treasured guests singing and grooving along. We are always delighted to welcome Barry to perform for this event and look forward again, working with him in the future!
A big thank you to you also David, for your smooth and efficient responses. Always a pleasure working with you too!
From our team to yours, have a wonderful festive season ahead.
Thank you.
With Regards,
Charlotte Tausilia 
Conference & Events Administrator
Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel

Yes all good.
Jamie Wilson
Chameleon Events
Shiny Bike Festival Nelson

Thanks for the follow up. Yes, it went well and we enjoyed the music. Your help in organising at late notice was much appreciated!
Kind regards
Jacqui Nokes

Hi Robyn
Barry was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Will definitely be in touch should we have future requirements.
Kirsten Davidson
National Crane Sales Manager
Titan Construction Equipment Ltd

Hi Robyn, 
Barry was fantastic! Thanks for your follow up email, I will email Barry directly and pass on my best wishes. 
All the very best!

He was fantastic and wonderful.... Please pass in our sincere thanks to Barry. I hope I have the opportunity of hearing him play again sometime.
Kind regards,
Shona Roddick

Hi Pete
Thank you for providing excellent service, Barry was exceptional and enjoyed by everyone, he was very professional and was a very important part of a successful event.
Kind regards
Sharon Maxwell
Arrow International

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