Live on Soundcheck: The Barr Brothers

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Barr Brothers

No, Brad Barr is not just gesturing pretentiously. What looks like random hand waving is actually Brad manipulating a thread tied to his guitar string which he uses to produce an interesting sound.

Brad is one of The Barr Brothers — his real brother Andrew is also in the band — and all four members of the group do interesting things with drums, a harp, a harmonium and more to produce a textured, ethereal sound.

Not everyone in the band is related, but Brad Barr says playing together with family can be a way to blow off steam: "It is good to have a brother around that you can put in a headlock."

Watch the group play "Beggar in the Morning" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios below.


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Comments [2]

NITA TAEFI from Charlotte, NC

I hear so many bands on the Dave Letterman show but within minutes move away. This band, the Barr Brothers was without doubt one of the best bands I've heard lately and stayed for the entire performance. The sound was not only unique but beautiful.

Jan. 06 2012 05:45 PM
Bill Sawchuk from Cottam Ontario Canada

I listen to Soundcheck every day on the way home from work,I have been turned on to so many new sounds and genres of music thanks to the knowledge of John and his staff.I just wanted to thank you...for that and The Barr Bros. Unbelieveable..Their sound has infected a good way.Thanks again

Dec. 10 2011 10:05 AM

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