Thom Swift & the El Caminos

Friday, Aug 17, 9:45,

Murphy's Community Centre

 

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift, with 12 albums to his credit, performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues combining masterful guitar work, an earthy baritone delivery and layered and truthful lyrics.  Many will remember Thom as a former member of the popular "Hot Toddy" trio, a group that toured nationally and abroad, headlining on their own or opening shows for artists such as Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell, Juan Martin and Guy Davis. 

Swift's recent releases have garnered multiple ECMA’s, and Music Nova Scotia awards, a Galaxie Rising Star prize and a coveted Maple Blues Award.

Anyone who caught Thom Swift at last year's ECMA's in Charlottetown will remember him as a man who can single-handedly mesmerize a room full of blues lovers.  His band, the El Caminos, is an east coast supergroup of first-call players, with Bill Stevenson (John Lee Hooker, Amos Garret, Tom Rush) on keys, Brian Bourne (Rawlins Cross, Morgan Davis, Ron Hynes) on bass, Jeff Arsenault (Rita MacNeil, Ray Bonneville, Carlos del Junco) on drums and PEI’s Chris Corrigan (Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond) on guitar.  It's a group of long-time close friends with a wealth of stage presence which Swift intends to feature prominently during their show at Murphy’s Community Centre.  “Between the five of us we easily have 150 years experience on stage,” Swift says.