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Thom Swift


Folk/blues/roots singer-songwriter

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Bio
Thom Swift’s second solo album Blue Sky Day is full of life lessons from a naturally gifted musician and songwriter with a lifetime of experience to draw upon; lessons about how to live, how to love, and how to have a good time, taught with agile fingers on vintage guitars and a richly textured voice.

When he released his solo debut Into the Dirt in 2007, Swift’s musical reputation had already been established with years of touring and recording with the acclaimed blues/jazz group Hot Toddy, balancing sophisticated playing with an earthy intensity. Into the Dirt was a landmark record, picking up an East Coast Music Award, a Maple Blues Award and a Galaxie Rising Star prize in 2008. Listeners were pleased to hear Swift’s soulful voice in a fresh musical context, blending his vivid storytelling and his blues and folk influences in new combinations.

On Blue Sky Day, Swift challenges himself, and the collaborators who made Into the Dirt such a success, to take his songs to an even higher level. The insights are deeper, the emotions are rawer, and the sound is bigger than before. Swift and his group seek to take his reputation for honest, intimate songs and shake it by the roots, with vibrant surprises like the fierce electric blues “One Way Track” and the flat-out rocker “Killer”. On Blue Sky Day, Swift digs deep to chronicle his life’s progress, from leaving the nest to battling his demons to finding hope in love and family.

Swift worked with the same core of musicians that helped set his songs apart on Into the Dirt. Percussionist Geoff Arsenault (Ray Bonneville, Mary Jane Lamond), bassist Brian Bourne (Rawlins Cross), guitarist Chris Corrigan (Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond) and keyboard guru Bill Stevenson formed his “dream band.” Also included on this project is friend and rising blues star Matt Anderson, who graces three songs with distinctive backing vocals. Multi-talented Nova Scotia musician J.P. Cormier plays mandolin and violin on several songs. And Swift himself plays a trio of instrumental songs that display his ease at painting pictures with his guitar.

Performances/news this month
Blue Sky Day - Album Release Tour
March 19 - Fredericton, The Playhouse
March 20 - New Glasgow, Glasgow Square
March 25 - Riverview, Riverview Arts Centre
March 26 - Saint John, The Blue Olive
March 27 - Charlottetown, The Mack
March 31 - Halifax, Casino Nova Scotia, Compass Room

Website
www.thomswift.com

Discography
Solo
Blue Sky Day (2010)
Into the Dirt (2007)
With Hot Toddy
Trio (2006)
Live at the Black Box (2005)
Salty Sessions Vol. 2 (2004)
Salty Sessions Vol. 1 (2003)
Anyday (2002)
Shoe Factory (2000)
Hot Toddy (1998)

SOCAN Connection
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