Montreal High Lights Presents
The Barr Brothers
Les Tendances Financière Sun Life
After comings and goings between New York, Boston and Montreal, meeting new musical friends and reuniting with old ones, the Barr brothers, Brad and Andrew, originally from Rhode Island, finally form a complementary quartet with two other compadres, harpist Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial.
Their debut album, The Barr Brothers, swings and sways harmoniously between folk, rock and blues.
After a sold-out concert at La Tulipe and an opening slot for Ben Harper at the Métropolis, this fave group finally barrels into the Montréal en Lumière Festival!
Brothers Andrew and Brad Barr had spent most of the 90s criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. In the spring of 2004, the band was playing a small club in Montreal, QC when a fire broke out in the venue. They grabbed a few guitars/drums and rushed out onto the rainy street with the rest of the concert goers. As the club's mezzanine was swallowed by flames, Andrew offered his coat to one of the waitresses from the bar. One year later, Brad and Andrew Barr were living in Montreal. That waitress is now one of their managers.
In his first apartment in the new city, Brad shared an adjoining wall with Sarah Page, a classically trained harpist from Montreal, whose melodies would seep through the cracks of the wall and into the music Brad was writing. From this nebulous relationship, a friendship developed and the brothers, with Sarah, began recording and performing around Montreal. Soon, their friend and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial was brought in to lend his wide array of expertise to the outfit, playing keyboards, bass, vibes, percussion, and singing. They called themselves The Barr Brothers.