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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 October 23, 2014
The Castle Hotel, Manchester (UK)
The Barr Brothers October 24, 2014
Whelan's, Dublin, IE
The Barr Brothers October 25, 2014
Beach House, Bangor (UK)
The Barr Brothers October 26, 2014
Sligo Live Ireland, Sligo (IE)
The Barr Brothers October 28, 2014
Voodoo Rooms, Edingurgh (UK)
The Barr Brothers October 29, 2014
Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (UK)
The Barr Brothers October 31, 2014
BIME Festival, Bilboa (Spain)
The Barr Brothers November 05, 2014
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
The Barr Brothers November 06, 2014
Metropolis, Montreal, QC
The Barr Brothers November 07, 2014
Theatre Granada , Sherbrooke, QC
The Barr Brothers November 08, 2014
Imperial de Quebec , Quebec City, QC
The Barr Brothers November 11, 2014
9th Ward at Babeville, Buffalo, NY
The Barr Brothers November 12, 2014
The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
The Barr Brothers November 13, 2014
Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
The Barr Brothers November 14, 2014
Empty Bottle , Chicago, IL
The Barr Brothers November 15, 2014
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Barr Brothers November 18, 2014
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (Downstairs), Washington, DC
The Barr Brothers November 19, 2014
Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
The Barr Brothers November 21, 2014
Bowery Ballroom, NYC, NY
The Barr Brothers November 22, 2014
The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
The Barr Brothers December 05, 2014
Fox Cabaret, Vanvouver, BC
The Barr Brothers December 06, 2014
The Tractor, Seattle (USA)
The Barr Brothers December 07, 2014
Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR (USA)
The Barr Brothers December 10, 2014
The Chapel, San Fransisco, CA (USA)
The Barr Brothers December 11, 2014
Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA (USA)
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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.

October 15, 2014

Album review by Consequence of Sound - The Barr Brothers

Brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Page, and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial have crafted a transcendental album that nosedives right into your dreams. Xylophone notes patter through the opening track into “Love Ain’t Enough”, a soaring welcome that uses a three-note progression like a back-and-forth rallying call.

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October 13, 2014

Album Review by The Concordian - The Barr Brothers

The album is like an oversized knit sweater during the month of October: it’s cozy, comfortable, and exactly what you need.

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October 08, 2014

Album of the Day BBC Radio - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

Elle Quebec Album review - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

Q&A with Clin d’Oeil - The Barr Brothers

October 08, 2014

The Gazette Interview - The Barr Brothers

An abundance of unlikely fusions, like pairing banjo and harp or blues rocking with the West African stringed ngoni, nearly slipped Sleeping Operator from their tight grasp. Even the album’s abandoned conceit – an accompaniment to the 1982 Jim Henson movie The Dark Crystal – proved unrealistically ambitious.

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October 07, 2014

Interview with 24h- The Barr Brothers



Après un premier album sorti en 2011, les Barr Brothers présentent leur deuxième effort, Sleeping Operator, un disque de blues-folk aux influences sud-africaines.

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October 07, 2014

The Barr Brothers perform "Love Ain't Enough" on Q with Jian Ghomeshi

October 07, 2014

Exclaim! Album Review - The Barr Bothers

A record that prefers to build up intensity before letting it ebb away, doling out flashes of propulsive rhythm in snatches and grasps rather than in the four-on-the-floor anthemic grooves favoured by so many bands these days, Sleeping Operator feels out of time, apart, distinct.

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October 06, 2014

Disc of the Week - The Globe and Mail - The Barr Brothers



One day the Eagles will wake up in hell and wish they had done it like The Barr Brothers.

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