The Barr Brothers

Caravan sets the ‘Barr’ high for concert

Montreal's The Barr Brothers play an intimate show at Caravan Farm Theatre Nov. 9.

Locals will be able to throw a Montreal band a few bones when they play an intimate concert at Caravan Farm Theatre next week.

Recently heard on CBC Radio’s Q, The Barr Brothers are currently touring across the U.S. on the recent release of their self-titled CD, and stop in the wilds of Armstrong-Spallumcheen, between shows in Vancouver and Calgary, Wednesday Nov. 9.

“It will be an intimate show in the farm’s cookshack and seating is limited,” said the farm’s publicist Lisa Mori.

The band has a few connections to Caravan and the area, most notably through a video that was shot by filmmaker Sebastian Lange in the Enderby-Grindrod area for the first single off The Barr Brothers’ album, Beggar in the Morning.

Shot at the home studio of local artist and Caravan lighting designer Stephan Bircher, the video features the bone and metal motorized sculptures that Bircher created for the band –– likenesses of lead singer/guitarist Brad Barr, keyboardist Andres Vial, harpist Sarah Page, and drummer Andrew Barr.

(Bircher’s “band” will be on display at the Caravan concert and the video for Beggar in the Morning can currently be seen on YouTube.)

Bircher recently travelled to Montreal to attend The Barr Brothers’ album release party.

“I hardly got to meet them at the event as they were so busy, so I am looking forward to them coming here,” said Bircher, who this past weekend showed the band and some of his other sculptures at the Ashpa Naira Gallery’s Sculpture and Arte Funktional exhibition in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Another connection the band has to Caravan is through luthier Kim White, who now makes his home and studio at the farm.

The owner of Hobo Nation Guitars, White’s own design, an electric tackle box guitar (yes, it’s actually made of an old tackle box), is played by Brad Barr.

The guitar has received a little press recently as Guitar World magazine recently showed a video of the unique string bow technique Barr uses, where individual threads are attached to guitar strings and pulled through his fingers to create a static, quivering sound.

A live demonstration may be order at the Caravan show.

Tickets to see The Barr Brothers are $17 and can be reserved by calling Caravan Farm Theatre toll-free at 1-866-546-8533. Gates to the farm will open at 7 p.m. (rush seating) with music starting at 8 p.m. A cash bar and concession will be available. For more information, visit


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