TURF reviews: The Barr Brothers at Fort York – July 4, 2013

The Barr Brothers guitarist Brad Barr provides string-on-string threading on his Silvertone for “Beggar in the Morning” at TURF's opening set on July 4, 2013. Photo: Tom Beedham

The Barr Brothers guitarist Brad Barr provides string-on-string threading on his Silvertone for “Beggar in the Morning” at TURF’s opening set on July 4, 2013. Photo: Tom Beedham

Colliding elements of chamber music, Delta blues, soul, West-African rhythm, and straightforward rock, The Barr Brothers’s Andrew and Brad Barr (The Slip), Sarah Pagé (Esmerine) and Andrés Vial utilized enchanting harp, pump organ, vibraphone, and traditional rock outfit instrumentation to bring something to TURF’s premiere set that was Frankenstein experimental in its parts but folk in its sum; the perfect fit for the inaugural presentation of a festival testing the waters of Toronto’s outdoor music scene. Set highlights included guitarist Brad Barr providing string-on-string threading on his Silvertone for “Beggar in the Morning,” the classically trained Sarah Pagé leaving harp to play guitar at one point, and the band gathering around a single mic to sing “Little Lover” as Brad and Andrew Barr played guitar and banjo (respectively).

 

Originally published by The Ontarion

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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