Thom has been nominated for two Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Solo Recording of the Year & Americana Recording of the Year for his fantastic new album, The Legend of Roy Black. Awards will be given out at Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro this November. Catch Thom’s performance there at the Marigold Cultural Centre, Friday, Nov. 4.
The 10-song folk-roots recording was produced and recorded by Thom and Charles Austin at Echo Chamber Studio in Halifax, NS and mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning at Wee House of Music in Pictou, NS. All songs were written by Swift, including two co-writes: “Well Worn Road” and “Broken Glass” with award-winning musician, Keith Mullins and excluding a cover of the late Jim Dorie’s song titled, “I Don’t Know” and a cover of the over 60 year-old classic titled “A Satisfied Mind”, written by J.H. Hayes & Jack Rhodes.
Thom will join Rosanne Cash as special guest during her Maritime tour with shows at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on July 4, The Capitol in Moncton on July 5 and The Playhouse in Fredericton on July 6.
Leading into East Coast Music Week, Thom will release his new album, March 5 and tour the Maritimes, March 8 – May 17
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.