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The Bombadils Friday 1 May 2015
The Bombadils (Canada)

For over five years, rising folk-stars The Bombadils have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unique fusion of traditional, world and progressive folk.

Endearingly described as “chamber folk,” the group of cinematic storytellers have intertwined their musical chops rooted in classical and jazz music (all trained at Montreal’s esteemed McGill University) around an approachable performance style that takes listeners on a journey through history and towards the future of Canadian folk.

Each hailing from their own unique corner of Canada, group members Sarah Frank (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Luke Fraser (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Alan Mackie (bass, vocals) and Anh Phung (flutes, harmonica, vocals), first bonded over a shared curiosity and love of traditional music – but have since solidified their friendship with over 50,000 kilometers of touring and countless performances together.

After the release of their debut album, Fill Your Boots! in 2012, the group toured extensively across North America in support of the album, including performances at the Deep Roots Festival, Folk Alliance International, Eaglewood Folk Festival, as well as Fiddles on the Tobique Festival and Ethno Sweden, which took them to Rattvik, Sweden for a week of performing and sharing folk music with musicians from 15 different countries. Throughout their travels, they have shared the stage with notable artists Steve Poltz, Ruth Moody, James Keelaghan, Lennie Gallant, Laura Cortese, Fish and Bird, Kristin Andreassen and Sarah Jane Scouten.

In 2014, an artist residency at The Banff Centre served as the incubator for their sophomore album, Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet, which was released in the spring of 2015. Since then, the album has been creating a buzz in the folk scene, with Penguin Eggs praising the group’s strong original compositions.

Now poised to embark on an international tour schedule that includes the U.K., Australia, Belgium, Sweden and a plethora of stops throughout Canada and the U.S., The Bombadils are set to bring the essence of Canadian folk - rooted in history, influenced by worldly neighbours, and with its own unique story to tell – to audiences the world over.

“This was the band the came out of nowhere and slayed the audience, offering a richer experience for everyone.” - Liz Scott, artistic director, Eaglewood Folk Festival, Pefferlaw, Ontario “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.

Some sound bites from The Bombadils' Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet CD:

- Hour of the Blue Snow

- Heave Away

- Song of Wandering Aengus

The Bombadils's website.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.

Friday 19 June 2015
Maria Forde and Janette Geri

Maria Forde As an Irish- Australian, Maria Forde has always straddled both sides of her heritage in her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia’s premier songwriters.

Her first album - “Will You Dance With Me?” - features the title song, written for a friend’s wedding, that has become a theme for weddings, in Australia and internationally, by Maria’s original and various cover versions.

The trend, in Maria’s writing, to incorporate both her Irish origins and Australian sensibilities, are heralded by “Waltzing Matilda, My Darling” - a song about the torn spirits of the immigrant to both their country of birth and their adopted land, Australia.

Blessed with an angelic voice, Maria has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Through out her career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and internationally.

Janette Geri Janette Geri's music is a potent mix of Soulful Blues, Jazz and Celtic, delivered with total honesty and rare warmth. A compelling performer, earthy, playful, she weaves a spell around her audience with original contemporary and traditional songs, mesmerising her audiences with soaring and assured vocals, rich guitar work and a wicked sense of humour.

"Whether it's a fresh take on traditional songs or her own extraordinary compositions, Janette's music stops people in their tracks instantly." Tim Quinn, Quill Publications/Mighty Quinn Management. UK.

Born in Sydney, NSW, now living in central Victoria, Janette has traveled all over Australia and the UK. Self-taught guitar player, plus piano and other instruments, she is also a recording artist, music producer and audio engineer.

Career includes national and UK tours, television and radio airplay, music producing, 6 albums, countless performances and concerts at prestigious venues, pubs, folk clubs and festivals across Australia and overseas.

Warm and playful with her audiences, always professional, Janette creates a special atmosphere with earthy grooves, intelligent lyrics, rich sounds, great stories and great songs.

Maria's website.

Tracks and videos from Janette may be found here and here.

Tickets available at the door - $20 or $15 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.