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!!
We're #1 !
Swift Creek is currently ranked as #1 Americana artist for the Raleigh area again this week on Reverbnation. Thank you, fans!!
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!Swift Creek will make our first appearance at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on Friday, October 10 at 9:30 PM on the Front Porch Acoustic Stage. Come join us for a day, or camp out on their beautiful grounds! Ticket information at: http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/festival/tickets-info
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 GalaOn November 2, Swift Creek is pleased to donate our musical services to the Raleigh Chapter of The American Diabetes Association. The 10th Anniversary Gala is an evening honoring volunteers and raising funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy. For more information go to: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/raleigh-north-carolina/
Preamble to the Ramble at World of BluegrassSwift Creek will be a part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh Sept. 24-28! We're the opener for eight national acts (including the world famous Steep Canyon Rangers!) playing in the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase at the historic Long View Center on Wednesday night. Show time for Swift Creek is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25th. We're calling our show the "Preamble to the Ramble."
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 AnnouncementSwift Creek returns to Steel String Brewery in beautiful downtown Carrboro on Friday evening, November 15. Show starts at 8PM and we'll keep the place jumpin' until 11. Did we mention that Steel String produces some of the best craft beer in NC? Here's more information...come on out!
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 PinesSwift Creek will be featured as a headliner for this year's popular "Pickin' in the Pines" series at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC. Join us on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 PM. Besides good music, concert-goers can picnic, enjoy ice cream and other concessions and even bring their pets. (No alcohol allowed, please.) To find out more or purchase tickets in advance, here's the link: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1743537&cobrand=boothamphitheatre2012&partner_id=240
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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"This is front porch music, or back deck--wherever you while away the afternoons and want a sound track."-Dawn Baumgartner-Vaughan, The Herald Sun, July 26, 2012
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.