With “Bicycle,” a bright track full of hopeful energy and bluegrass flair, The Bombadils sing of adventure, perseverance, and what it is that keeps us going despite life’s challenges. “There’s a spark in my spokes spinning round / the brightest hope I’ve ever found / I see it in you and all the people riding through.” Joined on bass by Nashville’s Ethan Jodziewicz and Ellen Gibling of Halifax on harp, The Bombadils’ contemporary blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk styles shines through. It’s all a welcome sign of what’s to come with their new full-length album, Dear Friend, out in autumn 2022.
“Losing Track of Time”
“Losing Track of Time” transports you to the moment when stars align, guards come down, and you connect more deeply with someone than you ever knew you could. The moment is fleeting and we want to hang onto it before it slips away… we want to cherish the warmth, vulnerability, and gentle attentiveness between two strangers.
“Losing Track of Time” is the first single off The Bombadils‘ forthcoming full-length album, Dear Friend, set for release in the autumn of 2022. It will be The Bombadils‘ first full-length album release since their move to Atlantic Canada and launch into new parenthood, a new city, and a global pandemic. Recorded in North End Halifax with engineer Graeme Campbell between lockdowns and daycare pick-ups, Dear Friend is a series of love letters to family and friends, to strangers and neighbours, to cities and landscapes, and to each other.
Canadian Folk Music Award nominees The Bombadils bring together bluegrass, Celtic, and singer-songwriter traditions with front-porch style and classical grace. Canadian arts journalist Bob Mersereau describes their music as “folk tunes done with musical adventure and sophistication” and Elmore Magazine calls it “an enchanting folk romp.”
The Bombadils met in 2009 while studying music at McGill University in Montreal, Québec. In the years to follow, they began recording and touring throughout Canada, and internationally. Tour highlights include Koerner Hall in Toronto, ON, Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, and Wintergrass music festival outside Seattle, WA. In 2015 they released a full-length album, “Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet,” quickly followed by “New Shoes” in 2016 which was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and won Folk Music Ontario’s Album of the Year award.