Do No Harm is a five piece, multi-genre Santa Barbara, California based band. Formed in 2007, Do No Harm has been a “must have” favored dance band for all occasions. Our multiple genres include, but are not limited to keeping your favorite Rock, R&B, Soul, Motown, Disco, Blues, Country and Jazz alive. Do No Harm is happy to accommodate and custom tailor music to meet the needs your special event.
Since 2007, Do No Harm band has rocked the house at many Santa Barbara County venues such as, Santa Barbara Hilton Gardens Roof Top Lounge, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Carr Wineries, The James Joyce, Kimpton ~ Goodland Hotel, Cold Spring Tavern, High Sierra Bar and Grill, Uptown Lounge, Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond, Doctors W/O Borders, Viva La Vida – Santa Barbara Cancer Center, Goleta Lemon Festival, Lompoc Flower Festival, Lompoc Art Festival, Santa Barbara I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, Steppin’ Out to Cure Scleroderma, local weddings, private and corporate events. In 2019, Do No Harm performed for 54 shows throughout the community.
Do No Harm band is a gifted and experienced, energetic group of musicians/vocalists ready to get your party started!
BACK STORY ON IRENE’S CAREER:
Irene came from a musical family. By the age of 8, Irene and her older brother, Rick began playing guitar and singing together. As teenagers, they became favorites at local school talent shows. Soon, the Rick and Irene Duo performed the current “Top 40” songs of the 70’s and 80’s eras throughout the Santa Barbara community every weekend. They were Santa Barbara’s most sought after duo at local restaurants, clubs and special events for several decades to come.
In the 90’s, Irene became the Alto vocalist for the Ventura, California based five piece Acapella Doo-Wop group, The Vocal Chords. Year round, The Vocal Chords (Bob Birk, Marty Kinrose, Melody Mize and Diane Stevenett) costumed up in 50’s attire and performed classic street corner Doo-Wop tunes at fairs, festivals, car shows and other special events throughout Southern California. It was during this amazing, musical experience, that Irene developed her keen ear for sweet harmony.
By 1996, Irene responded to a “seeking vocalist” add placed in Santa Barbara’s Independent.
She auditioned and soon landed what became the gift of a 17-year career as a Survivorette/Vocalist in Santa Barbara’s 12 piece band, Soul City Survivors. Soul City Survivors was Southern California’s in high demand energetic Classic Soul, R&B, Funk Disco and Old School band who performed at Clubs, special events, and Casinos throughout California and Las Vegas. It was during her career in Soul City Survivors, Irene developed her voice as well as her love for entertaining and connecting with her audiences.
Other fun projects in Irene’s career include, Sentimental Serenade – Jazz Standards from 30’s-40’s with Keyboardist-Kenny Weiss. Recording vocalist for 20 years with Mark Roberts – The Mark Roberts Band and Big Yellow Moon – Acoustic guitar and three-part harmony folk and original materials with Ernie Knapp and Anny Eastwood.
In Irene’s Spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends, staying active in nature, gardening, cooking.
While attending Santa Barbara City College, he had an after school job working at Mike’s Drum Shop where he helped with sales, repairs, and just doing whatever was needed to keep the drum shop running smoothly. By the mid-80s he became a drum teacher, professional drummer, and studio musician for hire. Barry has recently opened the Santa Barbara Drum Lab with co-owner Craig Thatcher.
Barry has been teaching his students by using the same tools that have worked for him: less means more and timing and groove are everything. He focuses mostly on rudiments, basic reading, musical dynamics, double bass pedal and covers a little bit of every genre. His goal with his students is to help them make any band they play with sound great.
His musical influences are Steve Gadd, Gregg Bissonette, Luis Conte, John and Jason Bonham, and Thomas Lang. For additional information about Barry Birmingham you can access his Facebook page.
Barry says, “I started my career as a drum teacher in the early 80s where I’ve had countless success stories with my students. In fact, some are now career musicians and making a comfortable living with touring and recording! No kidding! You will never hear me say, “What if,” because I really feel that I’ve done it all, as I have taken private lessons on and off for close to 20 years, and I feel there’s always room for improvement in every ones playing. When I started drumming, I remember my teacher telling me in front of my parents, ‘He must practice at least a half hour a day, every day.’ At the time I thought to myself, ‘That’s easy! I can do that!’ That ‘half hour a day’ practice became tough when I realized I had to balance it with homework, chores, and time I wanted to spend with friends. So I would do the best I could because I really enjoyed my drum lessons and I had a very cool drum teacher that treated me like a son. He was also friends with my Mom and Dad. I’ve always went in waves with my practicing growing up. I went through periods it was an hour to two a day, and then there were times I was lucky to put in an hour a week! I wanted to be a good drummer but didn’t want to put in the time and the effort. By the time I was in my teens I started thinking about what I was going to do when I finished high school. I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather do than play music. So, now I’m the drum teacher! I get parents that ask me how much practice their son or daughter should be putting in every day. I simply tell them it would be ideal if they could put a half hour a day. I tell parents it’s like this; whatever you put into it, you will get out of it. It all depends on how badly you want it. I try to be very easy going as a teacher because I want the student to hang on to their interest and to have fun. I’ve had strict teachers in the past and it just made me want to quit and find someone else. I had one teacher in high school tell me I was wasting his time and my parent’s money, and that I should think about another hobby. I was so angry when I left his studio! I remember practicing more than usual all that week and aced the next lesson with him. He hardly said two words to me during the lesson! I just left and never came back.”
I moved to San Jose and then Santa Cruz in 1969, attending university, and continued my drumming and later guitar. I played guitar with the “Daddy Funbucks” and “Tom Thacker” bands , but switched back to drums with the “James-Best Band” in Santa Cruz.
I recorded a single ” Marigold” and “Happiness Is” at Fifth Floor Recording Studio in Cincinnati in 1975, later recorded with Billy Randolph at Pacific Studios and again in Orange County ( “Song sung so pretty”, “And It’s You”, “Let Me Go Home Whisky”, “Ain’t Living Long like this”) later that decade.
I have enjoyed collaboration and friendship with Jim Thomas musically for over 35 yrs in multiple musical projects. Out of this came came the “Do No Harm” band.
After 3 years in the military, my brother and I, along with another brother duo opened a teen age night club in Fresno. After a year of watching enormous amounts of money come in and equally enormous amounts of money go out with not much for us, I decided on State employment (a check once a month where you can actually buy food, what a novel concept) where I spent the next 32 years.
When I retired from the State in 2000, one of the first things I did was to treat myself to a Fender Precision bass (to this day I still wonder where the 62′ P bass I had in high school is now) and small amp so I could plug in a CD and play along with some of the best musicians in the world.
Some time ago, I met Jim at a mutual friend’s party. We struck up a conversation and discovered that we had music in common. Jim invited me to play with him and Tom and they have put up with me ever since.