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Bluegrass Week is Coming to Raleigh!
The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass will take over downtown Raleigh from September 29-October 3, with both ticketed and free events. Swift Creek will play the third annual "Preamble to the Ramble" on Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM at Tir Na Nog, one of the official Bluegrass Ramble venues, and the only venue where you can enjoy delicious food and craft beer! We can't tell you until the Ramble schedule is officially announced, but it's going to be an evening to remember. Get your tickets to the Bluegrass Ramble and other World of Bluegrass events now!
Here's more about Live and Local Bluegrass!
More Shows Coming Up!!
On Saturday, October 24 we are proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Durham with a show following a short walk in Rock Quarry Park. This nationwide event has been very successful in raising both funds and awareness, so sign up for one of teams listed on the website or form your own team!
Then, we're back at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh for a Very Special Show on Friday, October 30. See our "Shows" page for details on all these shows!
Beer and Banjos on August 25!
New show added...Friday, Aug. 14!
Apex Music in the Park-July 18!
July 2 Show at Lorraine's Coffee House and Music
More good news! Stephen Fraleigh, two-time Bluegrass Fiddle Champion at the Galax Fiddler's Convention (most recent win in 2013) will be joining Swift Creek for this show. So come on out on Thursday, July 2 from 7:30 until 9:30!
We're "Pickin' in the Plaza this Thursday, June 18!
What a great time Swift Creek has had this Summer and Fall! We were happy to participate in shows and festivals at Koka Booth Amphitheater, IBMA's World of Bluegrass, The Arts Center, Peakfest, Streets of Southpoint, The Clayton Shindig, Shakori Hills and Live and Local Bluegrass. We also had the opportunity to play a couple of our favorite downtown Raleigh venues, Tir Na Nog and The Architect Bar and Social Club. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends and fans who came out to hear us. We're working on some new music for the next couple of months....can't wait to share it with you!!
Clayton Shindig on October 11th !
We're pumped about playing at The Clayton Shindig on Saturday, October 11 at 11:30! For more information, directions and tickets go to: http://www.theshindigclayton.com/
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on October 10th!
World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh
is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, taking place September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The week features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan! For a full schedule, ticket information and information about free events, go to:
Swift Creek will be playing at IBMA! Come hear us on Wednesday, October 1 at 6PM at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub (www.tnnirishpub.com), an official venue for World of Bluegrass and The Bluegrass Ramble. Along with Swift Creek, the October 1 lineup at Tir Na Nog features The Lonely Heartstrings Band, New Town, Constant Change, The Danberrys, Compton and Newberry, Mr. Sun and The Grass Cats. Tickets for The Bluegrass Ramble may be purchased at https://ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/bluegrass-ramble or at the door for $10 (all night ticket.)
Live and Local Bluegrass on Hillsborough Street
Swift Creek will join headliners Darin and Brooke Aldridge and a host of other talented artists for a family-friendly day of bluegrass and gospel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Hillsborough Street district. This promises to be the perfect kickoff event for IBMA World of Bluegrass activities starting on September 30! Swift Creek will perform a one hour set at 2PM on the main stage in the Logan Court Beer Garden.
This free event will feature four stages nestled among the oak trees with some of the best in local and national bluegrass and gospel acts from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Logan Court Beer Garden will feature craft beers from Raleigh Brewiing Company, including a special Dear Ol' Dixie Pale Ale from Raleigh Brewing Company, an event sponsor. Meanwhile, the Kids Zone will feature bouncy houses and crafts for children of all ages.
Bring your instrument so you can jump into a picking circle or a camping chair so you can sit and enjoy the joyful sounds.
For more information go to: http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/do/bluegrass-2014-on-hillsborough-street
Swift Creek Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, September 23 from 7-9PM at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 300G East Main Street. The concert is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties and celebrates National Voter Registration Day. The public is welcome!
Swift Creek To Play for ADA Gala
Preamble to the Ramble at World of Bluegrass
Here's a complete schedule of the showcase artists playing on Wednesday and throughout the week at seven separate venues around Raleigh. http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/blue-grass-ramble
Come for Swift Creek, stay for eight more fantastic Bluegrass and Americana bands! Who knows, maybe Steve Martin or Edie Brickell will show up. ($10 ticket price at the door includes all Wednesday evening artists.)
Be sure to check out all the activities going on during the week at Wide Open Bluegrass as well as a Free Street Festival. http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/ticketed-events
Meet the New Swift Creek!
New Show Announcement
Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood....
Much as we'd like to tour the Southeast, Northeast, Europe and The World (!), most of us have day jobs right now. So Swift Creek is doing the next best thing....we're touring North Carolina's awesome Piedmont, including Cary, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham, Raleigh and Hillsborough.
We might call it the “Close To You” tour....no relationship to The Carpenters, musically or otherwise. Other possibilities: The Save on Gas Tour? The NC Food and Brew Tour? Hey, if you can come up with the perfect tour name, we'll buy you dinner!
We'll be playing some of our standards, as well as tracks from our CD, but we've also got some great new tunes for you. Here's the tour schedule:
July 27-Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro
August 10-Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro
August 25-Steel String Brewery, Carrboro
September 4-Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
September 8-Fullsteam Brewery, Durham
October 26-The Depot at Hillsborough Station, Hillsborough
November 2-A very special benefit performance in Raleigh for the American Diabetes Association
For details about each show, click on "Show Schedule" on the menu above. Reserve a date or two and come join us for some Swift Creekin’ fun!
Pickin' in the Pines
June 14 Show with Kickin' Grass Band
Welcome Dan Smith!
Swift Creek on Pandora
The Best Country Picks
By Jack Bernhardt – News and Observer, Jan. 25, 2013
The Swift Creek band is one of the latest to sprout from the Triangle’s fertile musical soil. The band’s debut CD, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner,” is an appealing blend of progressive bluegrass and folk songs. Recorded at Chapel Hill’s Rubber Room studio, the album features original material (including the tasty culinary title track) and rarely performed covers from the Steeldrivers, the Decemberists and others……..
Front Porch Music
Read full review of Swift Creek's debut CD in The Herald Sun, Durham NC
Swift Creek Releases Debut CD
Local Americana band, Swift Creek, released their new album "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" on July 14, 2012. The album was recorded at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and produced by Jerry Brown, highly-regarded area musician and record producer. The band blends original material and interesting covers for a sound that is both refreshingly new and tenderly traditional. Songwriters Kevin Brown and Chris Martin of Swift Creek wrote six of the twelve tracks, while Justin Robertson, local musician and friend of the band, contributed another two original songs. Well-chosen covers rounding out the album include a Steeldrivers tune, a honky-tonk number by Richard Julian of The Little Willies, a Decemberists' song and finally, a tribute to country icon Wanda Jackson.