The Bombadils

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Bio

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo.

Luke and Sarah grew up listening to The Beatles and Beethoven on cassette tapes (often re-wound with a chewed up pen) and both trained classically at McGill University in Montreal, QC. They released their first album, “Fill Your Boots!” (2012) and in the years to follow, went on tour throughout Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. In 2015 they released their second album, “Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet,” and performed at folk festivals across North America. They were artists in residence at The Banff Centre in 2014, as well as Canadian participants at Ethno Sweden (2014), a folk music exchange between 90 musicians from 15 countries.

Luke and Sarah perform as The Bombadils in a variety of formations including as a duo, or in larger settings with cello or bass.

Reviews

Folk Radio UK, May 11, 2015

Organic in feel, it’s an unassuming album that never makes a big fuss about the members’ skills, simply allows them to do what they do with consummate and fluid grace and ease, and, as such, offers a very enjoyable travelling companion.

Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK Read the Full article

FATEA, May 1, 2015

Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet is a really delightful record, soaked through with duly dextrous, truly symbiotic musicianship that’s the province of closely-knit young people who’ve grown their music together… here concocts something of a special brew.

David Kidman, FATEA Read the Full article

Folk Words, April 23, 2015

This is a wholly organic album, the feeling of boundary-free interaction between instruments and musicians entirely evident. The tunes memorable, the melodies exquisite. The whole is a living, breathing experience.

Tim Carroll, FATEA Read the Full article

Penguin Eggs Magazine, Winter 2014, Issue No. 64

It all comes across like a breath of fresh air on their brand new sophomore album, Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet, which shows the group flexing its songwriting muscles as well…

Jason Schneider, Penguin Eggs Magazine Read the Full article

Canadian Folk Music Magazine, Summer 2013, Vol. 47, No. 2

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 Read the Full article