HomeRoutes Tour Announced!

Our HomeRoutes tour has been announced!

November 15 – Mississauga, ON
November 18 – Woodstock, ON
November 19 – Alma, ON
November 20 – Tottenham, ON
November 21 – Georgetown, ON
November 22 – Guelph, ON
November 23 – Pontypool, ON
November 25 – West Guilford, ON
November 26 – Val-des-Monts, QC
November 27 – Navan, ON
November 28 – Ormstown, QC
November 29 – Stanstead, QC
November 30 – Ottawa, ON

For more information, please visit our tour page, or email us at thebombadils@gmail.com.

Bombz Spread Out

“Ready Bombadils? Operation Divide and Conquer is ready for fruition.”

“Ready. Luke and Sarah, you hold down the fort here in Toronto and keep your eyes peeled for any new developments or some equally vague superhero jargon.”

“Alan and I will hit Brooklyn and see if we can’t spread the word a little farther.”

“Great plan! Don’t forget this gallon jug of kale smoothie and the Twisted Pine EP.”

“Regroup for some house concerts in precisely 3 weeks SEE YA”

ps. If anyone wants candy from Mr and Mrs Bombadil on Halloween they should trick or treat on Marion Street.

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#FMO2014

Our first week in Toronto as a band was marked by litre upon litre of kale smoothies and an entirely successful weekend-long excursion to Folk Music Ontario’s annual conference. We rehearsed our tiny toes off in preparation all week and were delighted to be met with open ears from all. Between showcases of our music, speed networking sessions, and panels on marketing and visa applications, we had the chance to hear and jam some great music and share a few kale smoothies with other attendees.

bombz fmoThanks to Mike Bourgeault for the sweet shot!

September in the Northeast

Leaving behind only the instruments we didn’t need and the scent of burnt rubber, The Bombadils tore out of Montreal on September 5th carrying with us a bag or two each and fond memories of the recent years spent therein. 16 shows lay waiting, as did time off in a variety of cities to garner some inspiration and generally get pumped up. Our first stop after a quick succession of performances was Brooklyn, New York, where we had the honour and pleasure of hanging out and jamming with some of bluegrass’s finest as well as stuffing ourselves with bagels and spring rolls for four days. A few more shows came and went after which we found ourselves in Boston, Massachusetts for another four days: to the tune of more honour and pleasure (not to mention the breakfast tacos and 10 cent wings), we spent the week with our friends from Cat and the Moon and Twisted Pine seeing shows and learning tunes – keep your eyes peeled for a music video we shot that week! More performances and at least twice as many friendly faces lead us through the remainder of our New England circuit into Nova Scotia, where we were fortunate enough to be featured at the Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. Late night pub shows and jam sessions, an early morning Pete Seeger tribute concert, and a host of friends both new and old made this an incredibly exciting and rewarding weekend for us. A few more shows lead us into Halifax and then we made the long haul back to Toronto where we’re happy to be resting our bones and writing new music for this bit of future ahead of us.

Cooking With The Bombadils

- Breakfast tacos: Heat some miniature soft tortillas, scramble some eggs, cook some rice or beans if you like, and prepare your favourite veggies (we like baby spinach, diced tomatoes, fried asparagus, and steamed broccoli). Combine proportionately and load on the hot sauce for the perfect lazy-morning filler-upper.

- Next time you make popcorn, try coconut oil instead of butter!

- Anh’s van-famous Vietnamese spring roll sauce: 2 parts water to 1 part fish sauce is going to make the base. From there add pressed garlic and something sweet (usually sugar but try maple syrup for a cross-cultural extravaganza!) to taste, then squeeze half a lime and finely dice a chili pepper. The spring rolls themselves are even easier: our favourite ingredients are vermicelli noodles, baby spinach, tuna, cucumber and/or carrot sticks, but pretty much anything goes. Fold it all into rice paper, dip in the sauce, and enjoy.

- Quick tip from Alan: Anyone can get used to instant coffee.

Updated website + summer news

Hope you’re enjoying the fresh new website. Check out our fall tour schedule too! Here’s what we did all summer, as seen in our newsletter:

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In June, we spent some time in Sweden participating in a program called Ethno, an intensive at which young folk musicians from across the world meet to exchange music and ideas. The Bombadils represented Canada and lauded our times at the Fiddles on the Tobique festival in Nictau, New Brunswick by teaching the fiddle tune “Mouth of the Tobique,” in a workshop, which we then performed in concert with an orchestra comprised of all of the participants and teachers at Ethno (video below!). Our minds and bodies totally bewildered by the sun’s refusal to set on Midsummer Sweden, we stayed up late and learned tunes until we couldn’t keep our eyes open, made friends with amazing people from all over the world, danced an extreme variety of traditional dances, and learned a handful of Swedish craftmaking techniques. It was an incredible and eye opening experience for all of us.

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Luke and Sarah said “I do” in a beautiful and spacious church in Verdun, Quebec on August 23rd, 2014. The reception boasted performances by host of the Bombadils’ partners in crime including Salty Dog and Sarah-Jane Scouten, piles of great food, and plenty of jamming with lots of wonderful people.

Fall Tour Announced!

Our fall tour has been announced!

September 5 – Richmond, VT
September 6 – Easton, CT
September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA
September 12 – Binghamton, NY
September 13 – Three Rivers, MA
September 14 – Cambridge, MA
September 19 – Portland, ME
September 20 – Durham, NH
September 25 – Beaver Bank, NS
September 26 – Wolfville, NS
October 2 – Charlos Cove, NS
October 3 – East Margaretsville, NS
October 4 – Glen Margaret, NS
November 15 – 30 – Ontario HomeRoutes Tour

For more information, please visit our tour page, or email us at thebombadils@gmail.com.

The Bombadils’ New Website

Welcome to the relaunch of our new website! Please feel free to take a look around. You’ll be able to listen to our music, sign up for our new mailing list, and find out where we’ll be touring next!