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.
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.