The excellent Barr Brothers are live at the Union Chapel in London and at the Deaf Institute in Manchester's on 14 and 16 of November respectively.
Originally formed in Providence, Rhode Island by brothers Brad (vocals/guitar) and Andrew (drums) back in 2005, the band is probably best known for Montreal harpist and all-round artsy rogue Sarah Pagé.
Counterpointing the brothers’ bluesy, rootsy Americana, Pagé deftly fills the musical space with a quasi-classical, arrestingly experimental approach to her instrument. Nimble lead lines, ambient accompaniment and juicy arpeggiated hooks are her stock in trade, and really help set the trio apart from other ten-a-penny boys-only heritage rock bands.
Celtic polyrhythms and west-african blues stylings mingle with classic southern blues sass on forthcoming album Queens of the Breakers – check out recently released track ‘It Came To Me’ for a sense of the driving, lo-fi vibe.
After several years of intense, take-no-prisoners US touring, the combo have taken time recently in the studio to refine their sound. Fans of their international-flavoured sound especially enjoyed performances over the summer with Malian duo Bassekou Kouyate and Amy Sacko at the Festival d’Été de Québec and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
For those of you lucky enough to be in New York, On 20 September the band play a free show at Rockwood Music Hall show starts early (7pm) so we recommend you nab a space as near to the front as possible for a facefull of growling guitar and an eyeful of Pagé’s head-spinningly innovative harp stylings.
If you miss it the band will be returning to the Big Apple later for their autumn tour, playing Brooklyn Music Hall on December 1 before heading west to San Francisco and ending another triumphant year in Canada.
You can pre-order the forthcoming album Queens Of The Breakers here