Svetlana by Broomsticks & Hammers
Visit the artist’s website: http://broomsticksandhammers.com
Artist / Band Bio:
Winners of the 2016 Folk/Roots Jack Richardson London Music Award, Broomsticks & Hammers continues and builds on the folk/roots tradition of taking songs grounded in stories of the human condition and treating these stories with great musicianship and exciting band dynamics. On record, the songs shine through alongside the band’s keen ear for thoughtful and sometimes quirky musical treatments. Live, the force of a seven-piece unit comes to the fore as the band traverses folk, rock, country, and even a little jazz and blues with ease. Fans of the roots music of Blue Rodeo, Dan Mangan, Ryan Adams, The Skydiggers, The Band, and others will find that Broomsticks & Hammers fits right in.
Since it’s founding in 2013 the band has built a strong local fan base, playing local clubs, community-centred events, and supporting a variety of charitable causes.
Among the band’s most notable performances are: The main stage at the venerable Canterbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll; the main stage at the prestigious Home County Music and Art Festival in London; the inaugural season of Grand Bend’s Summer Sunset Sounds concert series; the sold out “It’s Not, Not Country” showcase in downtown London (with London favourite’s Kevin’s Bacon Train) as part of Canadian Country Music Awards Week.
The band’s debut album Postcard (2016) charted steadily on CHRW Radio Western and was well-received at college stations nation-wide, even reaching at #2 on the roots charts at CFBX in Kamloops, BC.
The band’s sophomore release, Mirror Box (2017), was recorded at the Sugar Shack in London with Juno-nominated producer/engineer Simon Larochette. Mirror Box debuted at #1 on CHRW Radio Western and has since received attention across Canadian college radio and online music publications.
Broomsticks & Hammers is…
Bill Needham (vocals, guitar, primary songwriter)
David Jury (bass)
Paul Aitken (guitar)
Jeff Floyd (drums)
James Lefave (guitar)
Jeff Gee (mandolin, vocals)
Michael Bonnell (keys)