About the Band
Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility.
Some of the diverse and noted artists Points North has played
- Eric Johnson
- Blues Traveler
- Mr. Big
- The Winery Dogs
- Kings X
- Yngwie Malmsteen
- Al Di Meola
- Allan Holdsworth (R.I.P)
- Steve Morse
- Paul Gilbert
- Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
- Richie Kotzen
- The Aristocrats
- Michael Schenker
- Adrenaline Mob
- Larry Carlton
- Mike Stern
- Steve Lukather (Toto, legendary studio musician)
- Frank Hannon (Tesla)
- Pat Travers (including a brief stint as The Pat Travers Band)
- Ronnie Montrose (R.I.P)
- Tom Keifer (of Cinderella)
- Gary Hoey
- George Lynch (Dokken)
- Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun, Sky Academy)
- Eric Martin (Mr. Big, Eric Martin Band)
- Mark Lettieri (from Snarky Puppy)
- Michael Lee Firkins
- Project N-Fidelikah (George Lynch, Angelo Moore, Pancho Tomaselli, Chris Moore)
Who We Are
Eric Barnett (guitar) began playing music at age 5 as a violinist, attending Manhattan School of Music and Juillard summer programs. After switching to guitar, Eric attended GIT in Los Angeles, and played and taught in LA. Later on, Eric worked in New York as a studio musician, including with noted performer/producer Kenny Vance (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan). Prior to joining Points North, Eric has shared the stage with national acts as diverse as The Offspring, Henry Rollins, Ween, Jeff Buckley, and The Lemonheads.
Eric was also a finalist in Guitar Player Magazine's Guitar Superstar 2008 Competition, hosted by Andy Summers (the Police), with judges including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Elliot Easton (the Cars), and George Lynch, and performed (with Points North) at the opening night of the Guitar Superstars Live! tour in San Francisco.
Recent accomplishments also include work on the online game Marvel Heroes (along with Uriah), instructional videos for GuitarTricks.com, composing and producing the lead track for Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (a video game title for Crave Entertainment, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360), composing and performing television cues published via Atrium Music Group, and collaborating with esteemed composer Mark Griskey (best known for his work on the Star Wars videogame franchise) on video game and movie trailer work.
Eric is a Fender Artist, and is endorsed by TC Electronics, Egnater Amplification, Seymour Duncan pickups, Mogami cables, MXL Microphones, and Sfarzo Strings.
Points North represents a long time dream of Eric’s to develop the guitar as a lead instrument and primary voice.
Uriah Duffy has been been the "go to" bassist for nearly every genre since he picked up the bass at 10 years old. For the past 15 years, he's based himself in the San Francisco Bay Area lending his bottom end to stages large and small around the world - multiple times. For 5 years he was a member of the legendary rock group Whitesnake. While doing that, he maintained a healthy workload with credits including the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Too Short, Sly & the Family Stone, Pat Travers, Starship & more. Growing up around funk, pop, metal & rock has rounded out his skill set as a working bassist, but upon meeting the group Points North, Uriah has been able to release some of his former East coast Classic Rock & Prog influences. Uriah brings a dynamic combination of technicality, versitility & feel that is uniquely suited to the inherent challenges in being a bassist in an instrumental three piece band.
Kevin Aiello (drums) is a seasoned veteran drummer who grew up in the SF Bay Area. Having played in many working bands over the years covering many styles, Kevin brings versatility and an amazing range of musical knowledge to Points North. Prior to joining Points North, he has shared the stage with a number of classic blues acts such as Etta James, Mark Ford, Stu Blank, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. A long-time fan of instrumental music, Kevin's solid foundation and visually exciting approach is the perfect compliment and adds a fine finish to Points North.