The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has announced that Thom Swift will represent Atlantic Canada at the 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee in January.
Each year, the Harvest Festival picks a deserving local musician to compete in what has become the largest blues competition in the world.
Presented by The Blues Foundation, the IBC is an annual competition that sees more than 180 blues acts from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. It has become the world’s largest gathering of blues acts.
Thom’s latest album, The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project has won a 2012 East Coast Music Award in the Children’s Recording of the Year category. The album was created with fellow Maritime musician, Keith Mullins. The project saw Swift and Mullins visit ten schools in ten days in Northern Alberta. Each day, they worked with a small group of students to create a song from scratch, exploring themes of love, family, strength, community and heritage. The student’s voices were recorded, followed by the songwriters’ voices and instruments to create a collection of ten original songs. The album was co-produced by musician, Steven Bowers and was mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning.
As part of the Shivering Songs Festival, Hot Toddy is reuniting to perform the group’s album, Shoe Factory.
On Friday, November 25 at 7:30pm, three of Nova Scotia’s most talented male singer-songwriters team up with Symphony Nova Scotia for an acoustic concert of blues, folk and soul.
Thom Swift plays his expressive, earthy roots-blues, Kim Dunn showcases his versatile jazz piano and Dave Gunning sings his sincere, poetic folk songs in this multifaceted orchestral collaboration.
For tickets and more details, visit: http://www.symphonynovascotia.ca/
Click the image above to watch Thom Swift & The El Caminos perform “Take a Drive” Live at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio for Great Canadian Songquest 2010.
The 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards just announced nominations today. Thom Swift and Halifax-based engineer/producer Charles Austin were nominated in the Producer of the Year category for their work on Thom’s latest album, blue sky day. For details on the Awards, visit: http://folkawards.ca/
Launched on Sept. 7, 13 musicians – one from each province and territory in Canada – have been selected by CBC to add a new chapter to the Canadian songbook through the creation of 13 new original road songs.
Proudly representing New Brunswick, Thom will write a song featuring an inspiring stretch of road that music fans will vote on. Log on to the Song Quest website to vote.
Once the nominations are in, a short list of the top five roads in each province and territory will be revealed on September 22, and folks can vote for their favourites. On October 1, the final roads will be revealed on the Song Quest website and the musicians will get to work writing new tunes. Those new road songs will be unveiled on CBC Radio 1, 2 and 3 on October 22, and will be available for purchase on iTunes. And on October 26, all 13 artists will come together in a special Song Quest concert at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Thom will perform with John Hiatt at The Playhouse as part of the 2010 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
Thom’s brand new album blue sky day (GroundSwell/Warner) will be in stores nationally on Feb. 16. The early reviews are in and they’re all two thumbs up! The musicianship on blue sky day is second to none. Co-produced by Thom and Charles Austin at the Echo Chamber in Halifax, special guests include J.P. Cormier and Matt Andersen along with Thom’s band, the El Caminos: Geoff Arsenault, Brian Bourne Chris Corrigan and Bill Stevenson.