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July 23-25, 2011: OLIVER SWAIN’S BIG MACHINE Rolls Into Vancouver, CBC, Urban Rush and More!

July 13th, 2011 . by Mod May

The Big Machine is coming to Vancouver!  Well, a smaller version of the Big Machine, namely a trio, consisting of Oliver Swain, Adrian Dolan and Quinn Bachand, which will be gracing Vancouver ears for a 3 days in July, both privately and publicly!  Ollie’s new album has enjoyed great popularity and gushing reviews this year and the wheels keep turning with appearances on CBC’s Plaza Stage and the popular Vancouver entertainment and culture show, Urban Rush.  Come on, Dance and Sing like a cog in the Big Machine!











Oliver Swain’s Big Machine continues to delight audiences with impeccable arrangements, visceral lyrics and instrumental chemistry, and they’re set to do it once again in Vancouver! Joining Swain’s voice, bass and banjo stylings onstage and helping form the Big Machine are remarkable fiddler Adrian Dolan and guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand. Come and hear this amazing group echo from the mountains, around Vancouver this month!


July 23: House Concert, Squamish, BC
email Oliver Swain for details

July 24: IN THE HOUSE CONCERT SERIES, 2256 Parker St, Vancouver BC
$15 cover, Advance tickets and info at

July 25: CBC Plaza Stage at NOON, Vancouver, BC
Free Entertainment downtown at the CBC building!

July 25: Urban Rush TV, Vancouver, BC
to be broadcast a a later time

DOWNLOAD the single “In A Big Machine” FREE!

Oliver Swain is already a well known name in the North American folk music scene, and he eats, sleeps and breathes music, as is evident by his performance. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him, and holds it with his enormous sound and stature. He’s shone at the forefront of the WCMA nominated group Outlaw Social, held up the bottom end of The Bills, and did a stint with Louisiana’s popular Red Stick Ramblers. He’s won awards, supported many well known Canadian musicians, toured overseas with Juno winner Toni Childs, and spearheaded an effort to bring a folk festival back to his hometown of Victoria. Now, with his solo debut In A Big Machine, Oliver is wowing those who hear it with his stunning vocals, lulling banjo, and audacious upright bass, backed by the amazingly talented Big Machine band.

“It’s the Zen rock garden of American old-time music.”
Devon Leger, Hearth Music

In A Big Machine is a beautiful collection of five tracks of Oliver’s original music, coupled with a few heavy hitting traditional numbers, and Oliver’s 120 year old goat skin banjo take on Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”. The album takes the experimental folk sound Oliver is known for, and weaves a personal and touching tone into it, showing his emotive writing and varied vocal pallet. In A Big Machine was co-produced by Adrian Dolan (The Bills, Rankin Sisters, Chieftains) with Oliver at Marlborough Studios, and boasts a slew of appearances from his contemporaries such as Jeremy Penner (The Wailin’ Jenny’s), Emma Beaton (Joy Kills Sorrow), Adam Dobres and Emily Braden to name a few. Its being spun regularly on Canadian radio including the CBC and has hit the airwaves in the US and Australia as well. Big Machine has charted on several Canadian stations from Victoria to Toronto and back, and continues to be a folk favorite among DJ’s and the media alike.

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Live Review from Monday Magazine (Victoria, BC)
LA Beat article (Lethbridge, AB)

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