Their music is brilliant in its simplicity. The evocative lyrics are both introspective and observational, and sometimes wryly humourous...Elements of folk, rock, country, blues, and jazz, will tantalize your ears and keep you feet tapping in time; making Broomsticks & Hammers equally pleasurable on the dance floor or your favorite listening room.
-Scott Wilkinson, host of The Blues Never Die, CHRW Radio Western 94.9FM
Origin: London, Ontario, Canada
Genre: Folk/Rock, Roots, "Canadiana"
Years Active: 2013 - present
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 (2016); the main stage at the prestigious Home County Music and Art Festival (2016); Grand Bend Summer Sunset Sounds concert series (2016); the main stage at the River Rock Festival (2017); and 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.
Mirror Box earned the band yet another nomination for the 2018 Jack Richardson London Music Award in the Folk/Roots category.
2018 will see the band once again appear at the Canterbury Folk Festival, the Home County Music and Arts Festival, and Grand Bend Summer Sunset Sounds.
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/Kiley Joe Masson (keyboards, accordion)
Social Media and Contact Links
Contact: info @ broomsticksandhammers.com
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