The Bombadils

Most people are familiar with the name Bombadil from Tom Bombadil, one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters in The Lord of the Rings.  But the Montreal-based band The BomBombadils___Contentbadils report that using this name was mostly influenced  by a song called “In the House of Tom Bombadil” by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. The song is playful and melodic, mimicking the cadence of character Tom Bombadil who nearly always spoke or sang in an old English meter of 7-beat lines broken into groups of 4 and 3.  Thile used septuple meter – seven notes of equal duration in a measure, making the time
signature in the song vary between 7/8 and 4/4.  

Not into music theory?  No worries.  All you need to do is attend the house concert on
Saturday, May 17, 2014 and relax and listen to The Bombadils as they play a mixture of covers and originals;  Celtic and bluegrass with guitar, mandolin, flute, upright base, harmonica, Irish whistle and violin.

Contact Tim at or by phone at 717-940-9311 to save a seat.

Potluck at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00.



I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine. (GK Chesterton)


I am one of those readers who likes to be hooked in the first few pages of a book.  Once I’m drawn in I can read for hours oblivious of all else. Sometimes, though, getting into a book is a struggle.  I once heard a review  of GK Chesterton’s novel first published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare.  I asked for the book and received it at Christmas, never to read it.

I get hooked on albums much the same way – a song or two will pull me in and then I want to know more about artist, the producer, who wrote each song, and all the instrumentalists on each selection.

The song that hooked me on The Bombadils‘ album “Fill Your Boots!” was “Noah’s Song” – based on the poem Wine and Water by none other than…GK Chesterton.  Sarah Frank (violinist, vocalist) put the words to music and the rest of The Bombadils helped with the arrangement; Luke Fraser (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Anh Phung (Irish whistles, flute), and Alan Mackie (upright bass).  This humorous poem about Noah’s concern for his wine cellar during the Great Flood gave me a renewed commitment to trying Chesterton’s nightmare book again – perhaps with a glass of wine.

The Montreal based band The Bombadils will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Potluck at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm. Contact Tim at 717-940-9311 or by email at to reserve a seat.  Suggested donation of $15/20.