Halifax-based Jill Barber has carved out a unique niche in the Canadian music landscape with her distinct voice and repertoire. Now, the evocative chanteuse has teamed up with her brother Matthew Barber, a Toronto-based troubadour known for his soul-searching ballads, foot-stomping tunes and hooks aplenty, to tour their recently released, aptly-titled The Family Album.
The songwriter-vocalist-musician siblings have had successful solo careers, Jill’s most recent Fool’s Gold, and Matthew’s Big Romance, both having been released in 2014. Their collaboration, The Family Album, contains both musicians’ original compositions and a selection of cover songs, including Ian Tyson’s “Summer Wages,” and Leonard Cohen’s version of “The Partisan.”
Matthew’s music has been classified as indie pop and pop rock with folk and alternative country influences, while sister Jill is known in both folk-pop and vocal jazz circles, having won a number of awards in those fields.
According to music critic Steve Leggett, “Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice with its distinctive jazz phrasing has made her a kind of alt-cabaret favourite on Canada’s folk scene, and her top-notch songwriting is a thing to behold, very nearly in Joni Mitchell territory.”