Top Shelf Canadian Blues, highest recommendation possible.
Thom Swift is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter who performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Swift is known for his sophisticated guitar-playing, earthy baritone voice and textured and truthful lyrics.
Prior to his fruitful solo career, Swift played with blues-folk trio Hot Toddy for 12 years. As a solo artist, Swift has three recordings to his credit: 2007s Into The Dirt, 2010s Blue Sky Day and a 2011 childrens recording titled, The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project.
On March 5, 2013, Swift will release his third solo recording, The Fortunate Few.
Swift has performed in support of John Hiatt, Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell and John Mayall and has performed at countless folk and blues festivals throughout Canada, United States and Europe. He also performed shows at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, co-headlined a sold-out show with Symphony Nova Scotia and recently represented Atlantic Canada at the 2013 International Blues Summit in Memphis, TN. Recent awards and nominations include: Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project 2012 East Coast Music Award for Children’s Recording of the Year 2012 Music Nova Scotia Award for Children’s Recording of the Year Blue Sky Day 2011 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year 2010 Music Nova Scotia Award for Blues Recording of the Year 2011 East Coast Music Award nominee for Album of the Year & Male Solo Recording of the Year 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee for Producer of the Year Into The Dirt 2008 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year 2008 Canadian Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year 2008 Canadian Maple Blues Award for Galaxie Rising Star 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards for Musician of the Year & Blues Recording of the Year 2009 Canadian Maple Blues Award nominee for Acoustic Artist of the Year & Songwriter of the Year
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Steve Marriner is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine.
Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia. While he currently dedicates most of his time to co-fronting the acclaimed roots sensation "MonkeyJunk", Steve can often be found performing intimate solo shows and joining Harry Manx or Sue Foley as a vibrant sideman.
During breaks between tours, Steve has developed a sterling reputation as a studio musician and producer. He has an extensive discogrpahy and has recorded with the likes of Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Harry Manx, Richard Bell (The Band, Joplin), Gordy Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady), Steve Dawson and David Gogo. At just twenty-five years old, he has already produced four full length studio albums. The man doesn't stop.
Originally renown for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He's garnered six Maple Blues Award nominations, winning three: Harmonica Player of The Year (2008, 2009) and Male Vocalist of The Year (2009).