Chico Schwall
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Chico Schwall

Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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The music of William Chico Schwall reflects the Midwestern landscape and blue collar family in which he grew up and shares a uniquely rich palette of musical colors drawn from an extensive musical career.

Self taught on guitar, Chico absorbed blues and folk, slide guitar and finger picking. He discovered the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and flute and expanded his horizons to include Oldtime, Celtic, Klezmer and music from around the world. He has performed and arranged music for theatre productions including historical theatre with Northwest Touring Theatre and "Under Milk Wood" with the Brit. Theatre Company, performed with the Eugene Symphony and Festival of American Music Orchestras and played for countless Contra Dances.

Chico's songwriting brings together the sounds of his colorful musical upbringing and his own reflection on the world we live in and the life we live. Skeptical and empathetic, passionate and smart. His debut CD Cut Off the Line was called "inspiring and thought-provoking" by Seattle's Victory Music Review. His newest release, Driving by Moonlight, is an intimate celebration of inventive original lyrics and textured instrumentals.