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Beggar in the Morning


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Give the Devil Back His Heart


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Old Mythologies


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Upcoming Shows
The Barr Brothers January 27, 2015
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton (UK)
The Barr Brothers January 28, 2015
Bush Hall, London (UK)
The Barr Brothers January 29, 2015
The Green Door Store, Brighton (UK)
The Barr Brothers January 30, 2015
The Railway, Winchester (UK)
The Barr Brothers February 11, 2015
Maison des Arts, Drummondville (CA)
The Barr Brothers February 12, 2015
Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
The Barr Brothers February 13, 2015
Théâtre du Musée Canadien de l'Histoire, Gatineau, QC
The Barr Brothers February 14, 2015
Salle Pierre Legault, Rosemere (CA)
The Barr Brothers February 18, 2015
Theatre Hector-Charland, L'Assomption, QC
The Barr Brothers February 19, 2015
Centre Culturel Beloeil , Beloeil, QC
The Barr Brothers February 20, 2015
Café Chez-Rose, Valleyfield, QC
The Barr Brothers February 21, 2015
Salle Philippe-Filion, Shawinigan, QC
The Barr Brothers March 12, 2015
Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON
The Barr Brothers March 15, 2015
Mountain Stage, Morgantown (WV)
The Barr Brothers March 20, 2015
Visulite Theater, Charlotte, NC
The Barr Brothers March 21, 2015
Southland Ballroom, Raleigh, NC
The Barr Brothers April 18, 2015
Heimathafen, Berlin (DE)
The Barr Brothers April 20, 2015
E Werk, Cologne (DE)
The Barr Brothers April 21, 2015
Muffathalle, Munich (DE)
The Barr Brothers April 22, 2015
Volkshaus, Zurich (CH)
The Barr Brothers April 23, 2015
Fabrique, Milan (IT)
The Barr Brothers April 25, 2015
Den Atelier, Luxembourg (LU)
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The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

"What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams." - Werner Herzog

Act 1
Interior; montreal 2008; cross-section of two adjoining apartments.


Brad Barr and Sarah Pagé meet when Sarah's harp playing drifts through the thin walls separating their two apartments. He is inspired and attempts to learn her music through drywall. They meet and become friends. Sarah, an experimental harpist, had been playing with various orchestras and performing with the esteemed singer Lhasa de Sela. Brad, a recent transplant from the US, had played for years with his brother Andrew in the Providence/Boston based band The Slip. He had followed Andrew to Montreal after a fire in a Montreal club they were playing sparked a romance that took them over the border. The two brothers and Sarah began playing and recording together in their makeshift studio, ultimately producing their debut record, The Barr Brothers, "…a dusty journal of hushed Americana, West African grooves, and voyeuristic lyrics, rich with artifacts…".


Act 2
Exterior; the Grand Canyon, 2012; band is set up on the rim.


Rounded out by multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial, the four band members have been touring relentlessly since their record was released on Secret City Records. The wiling quartet decides to set up on the rim of the Grand Canyon and asks the tourists to film the charade on iPods. Its been a long year with many miles and shows. Its hot, and the band is prone to such hallucinatory daydreams. Along their travels, amongst the many highs and lows, they performed on the David Letterman Show, opened for Emmylou Harris, lost as much gear as they'd purchased, been nominated for a Juno award, played festivals from Iceland to Portland, and learned how to make mojitos.

Act 3
Interior; recording studio; 3am; 2013; a half-glass of whiskey sits on a Hammond organ.


The four members of the Barr Brothers sit behind their instruments in a large wooden room in Montreal--a recording studio built in the 70's(and decorated as such). They have enlisted the engineering skills of Ryan Freeland(B. Raitt, R. Lamontagne) to help them record and mix their second album, Sleeping Operator. They record everything live, including vocals. By the end of the year, after working in several different studios(including a session in Iceland with Valgier Siguròson(Bjork, Sigur Ros)), and many friends coming in to lend their voices, they will have recorded nearly 40 songs. They will have whittled the album down to 13. Sleeping Operator is a bold, dense release, an expansion on a continuum that they set out upon when they tip-toed into the unknown.


At 4am, the drummer types a letter to the head of the record company. It reads:

hey _______,

I imagine this record may seem a little confounding at this point, but we're starting to have some clear and united visions of the thing - it's getting pretty exciting.

here's my current two cents on the work as a whole:

in the time since we started making this record with Ryan, there have been two weddings, two babies, many miles clocked on the international road. needless to say it's been a liberating, joyous, but also intense time for us with a lot of major life changes.

this record, to me, reflects a complexity that is perhaps beyond what we've done before. not complicated musically, just complex. it has a wooly and warm weight to it - a big soft ruby blanket - a weight that is welcome and liberating--maybe a lot like these changes that we go through as we grow up a bit, build communities and families, etc.

we'd like the artwork to be Brigitte's diamond. this image to me has a primal, yet "from-another-planet" feel to it, and has all of the rust and beauty that we seek in our music.

ok, those are my musings from the studio couch. rough mixes on their way!
call me if you want to talk.

January 27, 2015

The Barr Brothers nominated at the 2015 Juno Awards!



Congratulations to The Barr Brothers for their nomination at the 2015 Juno Awards! Sleeping Operator is nominated in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category alongside Jeremy Fisher, Bahamas, Jenn Grant and Leonard Cohen.

The winners will be announced on March 15th! Good luck!

January 14, 2015

The Barr Brothers New "Love Ain't Enough" video premieres on Les InRocks in France

Le clip, tout joli tout mignon, a nécessité plus de 2000 images pour être réalisé.

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January 14, 2015

The Barr Brothers New "Love Ain't Enough" Video premieres on Indie 88 in Canada

THE BARR BROTHERS GET CRAFTY IN THEIR NEW VIDEO FOR "LOVE AIN'T ENOUGH"

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January 14, 2015

"Love Ain't Enough" Music Video on A Voir

Dustin Grella a décidé d’utiliser un tableau, de la craie et de la peinture afin de mettre en images le voyage émotif qu’est la pièce Love Ain’t Enough, tirée de l’excellent album Sleeping Operator.

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January 14, 2015

The Barr Brothers "Love Ain't Enough" Music Video on Mahogany

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January 14, 2015

The Barr Brothers' new video "Love Ain't Enough"

January 13, 2015

TIME Premieres The Barr Brothers "Love Ain't Enough" Music Video

...But what started out as a plan for a one-take video featuring nothing but cardboard soon expanded into a month-long project, ultimately requiring 50 cardboard cutouts, 15 paintings and 2100 frames of animation to complete.

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January 08, 2015

The Barr Brothers are once again sold-out in London, UK

December 03, 2014

The Barr Brothers are the "Hot Ticket" in The Globe and Mail this week

When David Letterman jokes that he wants to move to Montreal and manage your band, you know you’re doing something right.

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December 03, 2014

The Barr Brothers - Georgia Straight interview


SINGER-SONGWRITER BRAD BARR tackles some serious issues, such as the hell of addiction, on Sleeping Operator, the recently released sophomore album from the Barr Brothers.

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