BRAN BARR was born in 1995 further to a concept elaborated by Aed Morban (drums). The first solid band line-up took form with Yoltar (vocals and keyboards), Fir Doirtche and Brennus (guitars and choirs). A period of intensive song-writing then began, pronounced by metal and celtic music. The arrival of Taliesin (bass) and Amorgen (whistles) in 1998 completed the line-up and enabled the band to get rid of the keyboards, replaced by more authentic sonorities thus reinforcing the BRAN BARR’s musical reasoning.
The debut album, “Les Chroniques de Naerg” was recorded and self-produced by the
band, and was released in April 2000. It presents a music combining extreme
metal with acoustic and folkloric sonorities. BRAN BARR develop there the celtic dimension thanks to the
addition of war pipes, french bombarde and bodhran to his instrumental palette. Inspired
by a novel written by Aed Morban, the lyrics are the reflection of a fantasy world
based on the mythology of the pre-christian celtic era.
“Les Chroniques de Naerg” received a very good response from the underground
metal scene, and the first edition sold out quickly. Re-released in February 2001, BRAN BARR's debut album marks by its originality and variety in the
midst of a scene often judged for being too conservative.
In late 2000, the band had to find a new guitar player to replace Brennus who quitted for some personal reasons... And then Nesh Keltorn joined the band in November 2000.
During 2001, BRAN BARR took part to some concerts and pagan metal festivals. In the end of the year, bassist Taliesin decided to part ways with the band (she is still a member of Aes Dana). She was instantly replaced by Hades.
BRAN BARR then had a long time of inactivity, due to side projects commitment and some troubles.
2003, the band was completed by the arrival of Kraban
on whistles. Then Fir
Doirtche decided to leave the
band in January 2005 and was replaced by
In 2008, Ahes joins the band on violin.
BRAN BARR finally returns with a new record deal with German label TROLLZORN and the release of the new album "Sidh" is scheduled in February 2010.