A rapt audience was glad that Canadians, The Bombadils graced Tintenbar Hall last Sunday afternoon. The combination of instruments (guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, flute, harmonica), voices, personalities and stories blended to make a wonderful experience. The musicianship was of such a high standard it felt at times a prairie wind or a babbling mountain stream was flowing through the music. Each instrument weaving its magic to form a coherent whole.
Among others, the Bombadils performed songs from their new CD Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet. Bluegrass tunes, (Rocky Mountain Path) traditional sailors songs, (Heave Away) old standards like Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair.
Their original tunes were outstanding: the nostalgic Portrait, the heart warming Nova Scotia Goodbye, the romantic Hour of The Blue Snow.
A couple of Audience comments: Wow what amazing young talent !!! And how fabulous were the audience! Brilliant afternoon !
And from Mavis, who has been coming to Tintenbar Hall for over 80 years: I can't believe I'm in Tintenbar!"
Those in the hall last Sunday fervently hope The Bombadils make Tintenbar part of their next Australian tour itinerary. We all left lighthearted and feeling a deep affinity for our Canadian cousins.
Liora Claff opened for the Bombadils with a bracket of finely sung and played folk tunes. She too received warm applause.
There are more pics in the gallery.
from Montreal Canada,
live at Tintenbar Hall.
Sunday March 29, 2015. 3pm. $15.
Supported by Liora Claff.
The Bombadils play traditional and original Celtic, bluegrass, and old time music, influenced by their backgrounds in jazz and classical styles. They had an official showcase at Folk Alliance International 2014 where they met a few Australian musicians who encouraged them to come tour Australia.
The Bombadils are a four piece folk ensemble that first connected in Montreal, QC, at McGill University over a shared curiosity surrounding the Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Sarah Frank (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Luke Fraser (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Alan Mackie (bass, vocals), and Anh Phung (flutes, harmonica, vocals) were raised Canada-wide and trained in classical performance and modern improvisation. Endearingly described by those closest to them as “chamber folk”, The Bombadils have been bringing music and high spirits to festivals, folk clubs, and forests since 2009, allowing diverse influences to flow naturally through their compositions, arrangements and improvisations.
Recent endeavours include an artist residency at The Banff Centre in Banff AB, official showcases at Folk Alliance International 2014 and Folk Music Ontario 2014, and an artist exchange at Ethno Sweden 2014. They have toured throughout eastern Canada, the north eastern States, through the Canadian Rockies, and along the west coast of North America. With the upcoming release of their second album “Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet” (February 2015), The Bombadils will set course for Australia and Europe in 2015.
Their music and biography can be found at http://www.thebombadils.com.
"The Bombadils have all the elements of a great band - a high level of musical proficiency, deep respect for the traditional roots of their material and an engaging repertoire which holds the attention of the listener from beginning to end."
-Amy Gajadhar, Canadian Folk Music magazine
"This was the band that came out of nowhere and slayed the audience, offering a richer experience for everyone."
-Liz Scott, artistic director, Eaglewood Folk Festival, Pefferlaw, Ontario
There are videos of them on Youtube and links to them on the booking page.
Don't be disappointed. BOOK HERE.
Peter Lino, amateur muso,