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Published on Dec 11, 2009
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Thom Swift with Brian Bourne..... ........................................ ................. With his well-travelled guitars, rich and soulful voice, insightful writing and casual wit, Thom warms audiences everywhere he performs. Winner of the 2008 Canadian Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year Winner of the 2008 East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for Blues Recording of the Year Winner of a 2008 CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award Winner of two 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Musician of the Year & Blues Recording of the Year 2009 Nominee for two 2009 Canadian Maple Blues Awards, including Acoustic Artist of the Year & Songwriter of the Year
In the spring of 2007, Thom teamed up with producer/engineer Charles Austin (Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays) to record ten original songs at Halifax, Nova Scotias Echo Chamber Studio.Released in stores nationally on Sept. 5 by Festival Distribution, his solo debut Into the Dirt features some of Canadas top musical artists. Thom, who plays acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, banjo and mandolin on the recording, is joined by six talented friends, including drummer/ percussionist Geoff Arsenault, Brian Bourne on electric bass and chapman stick, Chris Corrigan on electric guitar, PEI songstress Rose Cousins vocals, New York blues artist Guy Davis on didgeridoo and harmonica and B3/piano legend Bill Stevenson.
From the brawny groove of the title track Into the Dirt, which takes a dark look at the inevitable cycle of life, to the infectious ragtime-inspired guitar work showcased on Hacketts Cove Rag,to the country-roots feel and dobro highlights of Crying Shame to the uplifting stride piano piece My Sweet Baby You, this is an album that will engage all who listen.
Drawing inspiration from finger-style master Mississippi John Hurt, the essential songwriting of Tom Waits and Emmy Lou Harris, the melodies of jazz great Charlie Haden, and his fathers operatic voice, Swift delivers a distinctive blend of roots, blues, folk, country and rag style.
Swift is also a member of the 2007 Canadian Maple Blues Award-winning and ECMA-winning group Hot Toddy Trio. With eight albums to their credit and a career that spans over 12 years, the group has played numerous Canadian and International jazz and blues festivals.