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The Barr Brothers

Live in Bush Hall, London

Posted Wednesday 4th February 2015Live Reviews

Alex Zinovieff

I thought I knew what The Barr Brothers were about. I’d discovered them in 2011 when they released their self titled debut album. It was folk music, delivered with a tool slightly sharper than most of the folk music around at the same time. That said, they also had the slowest of slow chuggers - songs that lasted over five minutes, and wouldn’t hit the first chorus until way over half-time. They’re completely different live, and it’s astonishing.

It was nearly two hours of rampaging improvisation, lengthy, and virtuosic solos, and ripping highs of almost euphoric proportion. There were, nestled within this, a few moments of needed respite in the form of ‘Beggar in the Morning’ and ‘Even the Darkness Has Arms’, which are my favourite of their recorded songs. These softer spells we’re in the minority as the band absolutely thumped out weightier versions of ‘Love Ain

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