Lee’s Palace in Toronto offers up some twang for those ringing bells welcoming in 2016. Juno winners Elliott Brood are headlining their New Year's Eve celebrations. The Brood are known for their entertaining live shows often including audience participation with kitchen flatware and tin baking trays. No matter when the roots and folk trad three piece play it is always a party so it is going to be off the charts for New Year’s Eve.
Joining them are Grey Lands and Billard Blossom, founded respectively by Wayne Petti and Bradley MacArthur , both of whom have their own friendship with Elliott Brood, guaranteeing, if nothing else, a party onstage.
Hamilton-based Grey Lands, whose recently released album, Right Arm, is among the year’s best, harken back to acts such as Dino Jr, Sonic Youth, Pixies and others, the bands Petti was listening to growing up in Oshawa, Ont. Petti is also a member of alt-country act Cuff The Duke and you can bet he will be letting his roots show with The Brood at some time during the festivities.
Mac Arthur and Petti are no strangers to each other, both are integral to the east GTA Black Grass scene. Mac Arthur also featured in Elliott Brood’s early career “Oh Alberta” video. A veteran of the underground roots scene MacArthur has, in Billard Blossom, gathered a group of musicians around him who both complement and challenge him. Clayton Churcher of Anagram, James Gorry and Oliver Ward of the Stone Sparrows, singer/songwriter Tim Watson and lap steel player David Slute add up to a sound that is Gram Parsons by way of Wilf Carter.