DIY Spotlight - Brother


Originally from New South Wales Australia, Brother are an alternative rock band that incorporate Celtic rock, Mongrel rock, Australian rock, didgeridoo, bagpipes and vocals. They record on their own Rhubarb Records label, and have gained a worldwide following with their meld of Celtic music and dress (i.e. leather kilts).

The group have undertaken numerous tours around the world, playing Milwaukee, WI’s Summerfest and Bethlehem, PA’s Musikfest.

By fusing vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, Brother present a Celtic Tribal Celebration every time they play.

In fact, there was a time when Fire Marshals followed the band from gig to gig, shutting down shows because of the crowds they attracted. Indeed, acts feared following Brother because they were never sure if they would get to play, or if the venue would be shut down.

Chances are you’ve seen Brother on TV, or maybe heard their music on the classic Baraka soundtrack or UPN’s revival of The Twilight Zone.

Over the years, they have shared the stage with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park, and Alicia Keys… and are the only independent act to have played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Brother also received rave reviews in Music Connection on multiple occasions.

Brother accomplished all of this by following a strict DIY regimen. They self-released 12 albums, sold more CDs than any other independent Australian act (over 100,000 in sales) and have regularly been cited as a role model within the independent scene. And…they did it all on their own­—free from industry trends and pigeon-holes.

To learn more about this act, visit http://brothermusic.com.

By Bernard Baur