After two years of performing together, indie folk-rock band The Brook will be playing at the CityFolk/Marvest (formerly the Folk Festival) for the first time. Started by singer-songwriter Sarah Murphy, whose musical influences range from her grandfather, Newfoundland musician Peter Barron, to Led Zeppelin, she is joined by drummer Zac Delamont and bassist Robin Russell.
CityFolk is an exciting time to get to know this dynamic and energetic local talent (often compared to Hey Rosetta!, Said The Whale, and Fleetwood Mac) — they’ll be releasing their new EP Sweet Talk on September 20th at 4 p.m. on the Aberdeen stage in Lansdowne Park. The title of the album refers to its lyrical theme; a focus on modern millennial relationships with the use of dating apps like Tinder, often fraught with dishonesty and deception.
According to their website, this new EP departs slightly from the alt-folk sounds of their first EP released last January called Start Swimming. After the release, the band departed on a tour of seven Eastern Canada cities and performed at a variety of venues including the Ottawa Race Weekend and the RBC Bluesfest’s Blueprint Series. The Brook will continue on tour in Ontario and Quebec to promote their new EP this fall, with their sights on an LP in future.
We asked The Brook what niche they think the CityFolk/Marvest fills in the city’s busy festival calendar. “As local artists, it’s an incredible opportunity to showcase our music to a wider audience, plus it’s a great chance to discover even more bands in the local scene … I think CityFolk’s unique way of blending of big name artists and local bands sets it apart from other festivals.” They’re also happy to see the festival expanding into venues that don’t typically feature live music.
The catchy lead single “Passenger” from their forthcoming EP was just released last week, and you can listen to it here. Guaranteed you’ll be hooked and heading to their live show after listening to it.
The Brook will play their album release show at Marvest on Thursday, September 17, 10pm at House of Targ, and at CityFolk on Sunday, September 20, 4pm at the Abderdeen Stage at Landsdowne Park. For more information visit: www.cityfolkfestival.com.