Oliver Swain's Big Machine

featuring Adam Dobres


GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present a CD release concert for Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE.

Swain's finely tuned vocals and his incredible skill with the banjo and upright bass garner the attention of all who hear him.

The Big Machine, Oliver's ongoing project, brings together a variety of influences to develop his vision of acoustic music;
melding the traditional and the contemporary in a natural and inspiring way.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 at the door

Click here to see poster.

Oliver Swain, hailing from Victoria, BC, is a quintessential folk and traditional musician. He eats, sleeps and breathes music. With his pure, finely tuned vocals (that have a range that ascends into a ghostly falsetto) and his undeniable skill with the upright bass and banjo, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him. From the most vulnerable and innocent-sounding banjo ditties to the brave and imposing bowed bass, Oliver delivers his own brand of alternative folk and traditional music to the masses with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.

Swain has spent the last fifteen-plus years honing his craft; an effort that has taken him on a remarkable musical journey. He has always been a bit of a music geek but his performance career started when he joined the Victoria band The Bills, back when they were known as The Bill Hilly Band, and played with them until he decided to relocate to Winnipeg. There he joined Scruj MacDuhk and with them released The Road To Canso in 1999 prior to the band continuing on as The Duhks. Winnipeg also introduced Swain to Ruth Moody and Jeremy Penner. They went on to form Moody, Penner and Swain and released Southbound in 2003. Following his stay in Winnipeg, Swain moved to Louisiana to perform with the Red Stick Ramblers. He then decided to bring his music back home to Victoria, where he helped form the popular folk group Outlaw Social. They released two critically acclaimed albums, A Seven Song (2006) and Dry Bones (2007), before their demise. Swain has recently been playing solo shows, with an occasional accompanist. He released In a Big Machine in 2011 and is releasing Never More Together on his current tour. For his Regina show he will be accompanied by Adam Dobres on guitar.

Adam Dobres is a natural-born guitarist with a sensitive ability to embody any style of music. Although he is classically trained, Adam thrives in exploring any style of music. Dobres is like a guitar chameleon; he fully embodies the energy and spirit of whatever music he plays. He has toured the world with many different projects including touring with Outlaw Social, Ridley Bent and Kendal Carson. More recently, he has been recording and touring extensively with Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, Toni Childs. On one tour with Childs, they opened for the legendary Jackson Browne. Adam was also part of The Dustin Bentall outfit when they performed as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics and supported Blue Rodeo on their 2010 Canadian tour.

I'm on Fire audio clip:

Little Satchel audio clip:

Harris Green audio clip:

Big Machine audio clip:

Oliver's Videos here.

Oliver's Web site here.

Dobres web site here.