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The Spark Tour: Oliver Swain, Emily Braden, Ben Sollee

Sun. March 29th 2015 7:30 - 10:00 doors at 7:00 Fairfield United Church (All Ages) 7:30 - 10:00 doors at 7:00
$18 adv, $22 door
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Larsen Music,
Presented by: Oliver Swain
Oliver Swain, Emily Braden and Kentuckian Cellist Ben Sollee(The Sparrow Quartet) met last summer on stage at the Canmore Folk Festival. The workshop was so thrilling that the three have v=created a follow up tour with each member contributing material to this kinetic triple bill!
Those who know Oliver Swain and Emily Braden are aware the two have been collaborating for years; the award winning NYC Jazz singer and WCMA nominated folk artist have wowed international audiences from coast to coast touring with Swain's band BIG MACHINE. But last year something magical happened when they were paired with Kentucky-born cellist and former Sparrow Quartet (Bela Fleck) member Ben Sollee, during a festival workshop. For everyone involved, it quickly became obvious that the combination of the three created a unique spark that doesn't often happen.
In attendance at that show was Peter Wrench, a Brighton (UK) based Theatre Owner who said, "My award for the very best session from a fine set of musical encounters has to go to a Big Machine/Ben Sollee jam on Monday afternoon. The combination of Sollee's cello and Swain's double bass and Emily Braden's beautiful jazz-inflected vocals, set up a rolling beast of a sound which seemed to surprise and delight its creators just as much as their audience. Everything from straight country to 'Kentucky calypso' to chaingang hollers was grist to a very fine mill."

Oliver Swain "Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE" (Folk-Noir, Americana)

Oliver Swain, a Juno and WCMA nominated Americana and Folk-Noir musician from Victoria BC spent a dozen years in some of North Americas most loved roots bands(Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) before releasing 'In a BIG MACHINE' in 2011 to rave reviews “Oliver Swain's brilliant vocals and genre-agnostic style make 'In a BIG MACHINE' one of the... more info

Emily Braden "Emily Braden Trio"

Emily Braden has just released her debut cd "soul walk" to rave international reviews. Look for across canada and the US this year and of course victoria. After working with an award-winning jazz choir in Oregon, Emily Braden moved to Victoria in 2002 to undertake a four-year apprenticeship with Louise Rose. She has recorded and toured with Juno n... more info
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