One of the best known folk bands in North America is Elliot Brood. With a new CD dropped this past October, they are now busy touring Canada and the United States. This tour is expected to last into next year.
Band members and their friends worked around the clock on this new collection of music and are very proud to be able to showcase it live.
This new CD – Work and Love- is a compilation that truly epitomes the spirit of folk music. Band members Casy LaForet, Mark Sasso, and Stephen Pitkin know the genre well and present it in a way that will warm your heart.
I have seen the band live more than once in Toronto and can tell you that rugged looks and unruly beards aside, they really do put on a great show. Stephen most of all really looks the part, and could really use a beard trimmer and beard balm to take with him on tour (hint hint Santa)
Folk music has never been mainstream, unless you count the iconic John Denver. This is a genre for the free spirited who only want to hear heart warming lyrics sung along with simple music. The festivals that are sprouting up all over Canada and the United States show that more people are falling in love with that simplicity and calming effect folk music has.
Many people confuse folk music with country, but if you are a true fan, you ear can pick out the difference. While both styles like to use story telling in their lyrics, country music is more brash in its approach. While some die hard country fans are able to appreciate the soft melody of folk music, it is hard for a folk music lover to get used to the change in tempo.
If you are unsure if folk music is something you might enjoy, check Elliot Broods tour schedule to see when they are playing close by. If you can, try and catch them at a folk music festival which showcases a number of different bands and artists. This will give you a well rounded perception of what folk music is all about.
I will be looking for Elliot Brood when the folk music festival starts back up in the spring, but am also going down to Toronto to catch them live this winter. They are really that good to hear twice. If you are going to try the same, don’t forget your copy of Work and Love. If you are lucky, you could get one of the band members to sign it for you.