Tower of Song

A creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen


Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone


Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 at the door

"The tunes are hauntingly lovely. Wonderful takes with close harmonies and violent re-rhythmings.

Musically sound. Faithful by being strongly, creatively Cohen, and yet wholly their own."

James N. Porter, Professor Emeritus (Arts), York University

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Canadians and folks from all over the world cherish the songs of Leonard Cohen, and perhaps the most evident dedication of appreciation is through playing his songs. Covering Cohen's works is a task not easily completed due to his own unique approach to music, but Victoria-based songwriters and musicians Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone were up for the challenge, forming the duo Tower of Song. The two share a love of the renowned Canadian songwriter and possess an undeniable musical chemistry that compliments their impressive voices and multi-instrumental talents.

Tower of Song began as a one-off Cohen tribute night for a packed house at Vancouver's The Media Club. Encouraged by the response, they continued to present the show regionally, and after several sold-out shows on Vancouver Island and a successful tour of BC and Alberta, Tower of Song are on tour across western Canada this spring. They have arranged some of Cohen's timeless songs beautifully, for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. The duo will perform their reimagined Cohen covers as well as originals of their own that are Cohen-inspired.

Oliver Swain is a Juno and WCMA nominated Americana Folk Noir musician. Over the last dozen years he has been a member of some of North America's most loved roots bands including Outlaw Social, The Duhks and The Bills.

Glenna Garramone is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who harmonizes the experimental with the classical. She crafts raw emotional and utterly captivating songs that she performs with intimacy and warmth.

True Love Leaves No Traces audio clip:

Everybody Knows audio clip:

Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye audio clip:

Tower of Song web site here.