Mod May Promotions

July 25-August 18, 2013: OLIVER SWAIN’S BIG MACHINE Summer Tour featuring Jaron Freeman-Fox

June 17th, 2013 . by Mod May

Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE is an ever evolving musical contraption, the product of well known Folk-noir and Americana multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Swain. The BIG MACHINE has proven the talents of it’s members as well as an array of guests and collaborators over the past two years, and this summer is no exception. With a selection of festivals and shows this summer in western Canada, BIG MACHINE promises a tremendous musical experience for all who hear it.

This tour sees Oliver collaborate with one of Canada’s top young musical innovators; demon fiddler Jaron Freeman-Fox, who will be performing opening sets at various shows as well as with the BIG MACHINE. Also on the line-up is vocalist Emily Braden, who recently took home ‘Best of the Best’ at New York’s prestigious JazzMobile Vocal Competition and frequently collaborates with Swain. 17 year old guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand will alternate some shows with axe-weilding Adam Dobres, who is just off the road from touring with Ruth Moody, and consequently, Mark Knopfler!

The trio (in either configuration of Dobres or Bachand) offers up the best of best. All of the musicians have received many impressive accolades in their respective careers, and during a BIG MACHINE show, each band member has a feature, which they make the most of every single night. Don’t miss this amazing collaboration this summer!

July 25th: Duncan Garage Showroom, DUNCAN, BC
  $17 adv/$20 door
July 26th: Upstairs Cabaret, VICTORIA, BC
  $14 Lyles-Ditch-Larsen/$16 door
July 31st: Fernando’s, KELOWNA, BC
  9:00pm, $10 door
August 1st: Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
  8:30pm, $12 adv/$15 door
August 2nd: Yellowhead Brewery, EDMONTON, AB
  8:30pm, $12 adv/$15 door
August 7th: The Old Crow Cafe, GARBIOLA ISLAND, BC
  Duo w/ Jaron Freeman-Fox
August 10th: Gibsons Heritage Playhouse, GIBSONS, BC
  w/ Bad to the Bow, 7:30pm, $14 adv/$16 door
August 11th: Outdoor Concert, POWELL RIVER, BC
  $15 adv/$20 door, available at Breakwater Books, bring a chair! MORE INFO
August 14th: Outdoor Garden Concert, SALMON ARM, BC
  $15-$20, Please RSVP for address/info
August 15th: Fibonacci’s, PENTICTON, BC
  Duo w/ Jaron Freeman-Fox

The Musicians…

(Band Photo) Oliver Swain’s career spans fifteen years of performing and writing with many of the US and Canada’s most loved roots bands including The Bills, The Duhks, Outlaw Social and The Red Stick Ramblers. His 2011 album In A Big Machine was released to rave reviews, and called “Absolutely mesmerizing” and “one of the best albums of 2011, regardless of genre” by CJSW Radio. He fuses jazz and soul into his traditional folk base and possesses a finely tuned field-holler style, and impressive register. Instrumentally he dazzles with clawhammer style banjo and upright bass, which he often plays as if it were leading the melody. Swain is a two time Prairie Music Award (WCMA) winner, Juno nominee and has a few “M” (Monday Magazine) and Times Colonist Music Awards under his belt.

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(Band Photo) Vocalist and songwriter Emily Braden’s career includes years of touring and recording with Canadian folk artist Harry Manx and singing with the Victoria symphony in 2011. She has been making big waves in the Big Apple since winning ‘Best of the Best’ Jazz Vocalist in the 2012 Jazzmobile Competition and has performed at renowned New York City venues such as The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, smalls jazz club, and Zinc Bar. Early love affairs with powerhouse voices such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan fanned the embers of inspiration for what became the amazing presence that is Emily Braden; Bold, Innovative, Rhythmic.

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(Band Photo) Violinist and composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, redefining what the violin can do. Having produced or played on over 40 albums and toured the world over as a solo artist, frontman or collaborator (Delhi 2 Dublin, David Woodhead Confabulation, Ben Caplan), Freeman-Fox fuses his Celtic and bluegrass roots with his study of Indian music, playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor Oliver Schroer. He’s performed for 100,000 people and the young royal couple on Parliamant Hill, collaborated with a troupe of nomadic Rajasthani gypsies at the Delhi International Arts Festival, won an Independent Music Award, broken three fiddles on stage, and had his violin stolen by monkeys in Bali, but got it back without contracting rabies.

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