Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Artsy Side of Folk
Big Machine rolls into Harrison Jan 25
Released by Mel Dunster, HFS
from Victoria, BC, Canada's quintessential folk and traditional
musician, Oliver Swain, will be presenting his fresh take on
old-time folk Saturday, November 9 at 8:00pm in the historic
Harrison Memorial Hall.
Oliver eats, sleeps and
breathes music. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an
astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or
upright bass, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him, and
holds it with his enormous sound and stature.
"I first met Oliver at a house concert on Saltspring when he was a
member of Outlaw Social. I was immediately struck by his haunting
falsetto singing - a rare and arresting voice," recalls Harrison
Festival Society Artistic Director, Andy Hillhouse.
Over the last fifteen plus years Oliver has been honing his craft,
and his efforts have taken him on a remarkable musical journey. He
has shone at the forefront of Outlaw Social, held up the bottom end
of The Bills, and even completed a one year stint with Louisiana’s
popular Red Stick Ramblers.
"Oliver has a pedigree in Canadian folk music, not only as a member
of Outlaw Social and the Artistic Director of the Victoria Django
Festival, but as an early member of one of Canada’s most popular
folk bands of the last few decades, Scrüj MacDuhk," states Hillhouse.
Oliver’s career on the stage has seen him tour through much of North
America, Australia and Europe, highlighted by appearances at
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, Mountain
View Music Fest and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. He has
shared the stage with the likes of Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall and
Marc Savoy, among others and is a two time Prairie Music Award
recipient (The Bills) and 2008 Western Canada Music Award nominee
for Outstanding Roots Group (Outlaw Social).
Since the release of his solo debut, 'In A Big Machine', Oliver has
built an enormous fan base and undisputable reputation as a
contemporary folk music titan. He effortlessly translates old
melodies and words into something thoroughly modern and enticing.
From the most vulnerable and innocent sounding banjo ditties to the
brave and imposing bowed bass, Oliver delivers his own brand of
alternative folk and traditional music to the masses with a smile
and a twinkle in his eye.
will be accompanied in Harrison by folk music prodigy Quinn Bachand,
celebrated violinist Richard Moody and multi faceted Glenna
Garramone. As part of their performance they will be playing a short
set from their Tower of Song
www.towerofsongmusic.com Project: A Creative Tribute to Leonard
Tickets for Oliver Swain's Big Machine are $22.00 and can be
purchased online at
www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person
at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers
Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
About the Harrison Festival Society
Each July the Society produces The Harrison Festival of the Arts, a
9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event on the beautiful
shores of Harrison Lake, BC. The Festival is now celebrating its
36th year. The Society, incorporated in 1988, also presents an
annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to April. A
non-profit, community-based organization, the Society works closely
with a number of partners in the Fraser Valley to continue bringing
high quality arts into the area.
For more information about this show, please e-mail
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