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Thom Swift

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | MAJOR | AFM

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | MAJOR | AFM
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

“…an honest and heartwarming collection of songs…a master craftsman plying his trade.“ -

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

“offering deep, earthy vocals over acoustic, sparsely arranged folk and blues tunes. An enjoyable album produced in such a real, rootsy way, you’d swear Thom was playing in your living room.” - Times & Transcript - Moncton, New Brunswick

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

“Into The Dirt features some of the hallmarks of Swift’s style, crafted over two decades of performing: A deep, emotional voice, relaxed finger-picked folk blues, a little delta, a little ragtime…it includes some of the best songs he’s ever written.” - Telegraph Journal - New Brunswick

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

“…impressive guitar work and soulful baritone voice.” - Canadian Musician

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

"A wicked picker..."
- Cape Breton Post - Nova Scotia

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

“masterfully produced Into The Dirt sonically alludes to what might happen if Tom Waits and Mark Knoffler ever put themselves in the hands of legendary Canadian producer Daniel Lanois. An impressive, rewarding listening experience for those who enjoy tonally-textured song and soundscapes, classily performed.” - JazzEast Rising Magazine - Nova Scotia

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

· "... textured and truthful..." - The Chronicle Herald - Nova Scotia

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

"...Swift's voice cuts loose with healing power."
- The Coast - Halifax, Nova Scotia

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

"Blue Sky Day features a masterful grasp of varied roots styles. His debut record Into The Dirt earned him accolades right across this great country of ours: Blue Sky Day proves that it was more than luck that drove that success. With a voice reminiscent of Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, Swift confidently works his way through a melange of blues, rock, roots on these 12 tracks."

- Here Weekly - New Brunswick

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

"No matter how you look at Swift and this record, he comes up aces. He's a skilled tunesmith, a great lyricist and a fine guitar player. And that earthy baritone voice of his sounds like honey on the rocks." - The Charlottetown Guardian - Prince Edward Island

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

“Into The Dirt is a rich and layered collection of songs. It is a not strictly a blues record. There are elements of folk, country and world music blended in with Swift’s earthy vocals.”

- Chronicle Herald - Nova Scotia

"Into The Dirt Album Review"

"Swift dives into the project with dark, brooding, pop-inflected tunes that sit atop rich, multi-textured arrangements, elevating each composition beyond anything seen as fleeting. Swift’s vocals move well forward in this effort, proving himself a formidable vocal talent capable of commanding a stage. Consider the powerful opening track – “Straight” –a father-to-son reflection on life and a deceptively complex arrangement beyond its initial ‘gather ‘round the campfire’ folkish feel. “Into The Dirt” portrays the cycle of life – as bleak a mood-setter as its title suggests – aided by thick slabs of guitar, Arsenault’s thudding percussion yet nicely elevated by Cousins’ harmonies. Davis’ didgeridoo adds a sinister overtone to “Healer Man” while the guitar lines build on a blues hook towards a haunting, gospel feel. By “My Dog”, Swift returns to familiar turf: this upbeat, backporch blues track demonstrates his prowess on vintage ’30 National Steel – one of the disc’s greatest tracks, as is its other instrumental, “Hacketts Cove Rag”. Cue “Dust” – a rich soundscape that recalls a meeting between Nebraska-era Springsteen with Daniel Lanois, tempered by other-worldly guitar and Arsenault’s near-menacing percussive effects. Likewise, the dreamy “Mother’s Arms”, its guitar-based orchestration augmented by the addition of banjo and didgeridoo. “Glory Bell” is a delightful, drunken blues haze of slide guitar and B3, perfectly paced for Swift’s insights on life – yet it almost derails with its too-complex arrangement. Not so the disc’s true shot at glory, “Crying Shame”. This is a hummable, slide-driven, hook-setting track that capitalizes on Swift’s talented stable of players with near-perfect results. Try to stop singing this feel-good keeper over and over again. Rarely does accompaniment sound this delicious. Swift’s slightly schizophrenic penchant for musical diversity – with all its resulting mood swings – is realized in the rollicking “My Sweet Baby You”, as Richardson’s ragtime piano and Swift’s rich baritone combine for a number that reveals Swift’s far-ranging tastes and skill sets. A somewhat quirky end to a richly reflective and highly autobiographical release, it provides a clean break from the nine originals that precede it. And a bit of fun to cleanse the palate."
- Blues Revue, United States
- Blues Revue - United States

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

“…rich, textured songs.” - Socan Words & Music - Canada

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

"With a rich, diverse new album, Thom Swift stakes a reputation as of of Atlantic Canada's top musical talents. Often pigeonholed as a bluesman, Swift isn't really that easy to categorize. His musical styles run the gamut. And while many artists struggle to find their niche, he's embraced his musical diversity with his new album Blue Sky Day. "
- Halifax Magazine - Nova Scotia

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

“…Swift writes from a well-earned place of domestic contentment, tapping his folk, jazz, funk and blues chops for a dozen great tunes." - Penguin Eggs - Canada

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

“...his always-expressive vocals are at the forefront of his solo career every bit as important as his sophisticated guitar-playing...”
- Roots Music Canada

"Blue Sky Day Album Review"

"...a world class singer/songwriter album.”
- The Daily Gleaner - New Brunswick


SOLO albums:

blue sky day (GroundSwell Music/ Warner Music Canada, 2010)

Into The Dirt (Independent, 2007)

The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project (Independent, 2011) with Keith Mullins

HOT TODDY recordings:

Hot Toddy Trio (Independent, 2008) - Hot Toddy

Live At The Black Box (Independent, 2005) - Hot Toddy with Isaac and Blewett)

The Salty Sessions, vol. 2 (Independent, 2004) - Hot Toddy

The Salty Sessions, vol. 1 (Independent, 2003) - Hot Toddy

AnyDay (Independent, 2003) - Hot Toddy

Shoe Factory (Independent, 2000) - Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy (Independent, 1998) - Hot Toddy Duo

Hot Toddy (Bellwether Records, Germany)



Thom Swift

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. With 12 albums to his credit, this Halifax-based musician is known for his “sophisticated guitar-playing”, “earthy baritone voice” and “textured and truthful” lyrics.

When he released his solo debut Into the Dirt in 2007, Swift’s musical reputation had already been established with over 15 years of touring and recording with the acclaimed blues-jazz group, Hot Toddy Trio. With nine recordings and multiple awards and nominations, the group toured nationally and abroad, opening shows for artists such as Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell, Juan Martin, Steve Gibbons and Guy Davis.

Into the Dirt was a landmark record for Swift, picking up an East Coast Music Award, a Canadian Maple Blues Award, a Galaxie Rising Star prize and two Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Musician of the Year honours. Listeners were pleased to hear Swift’s soulful voice in a fresh musical context, blending his vivid story-telling and his blues and roots influences in new combinations for a rewarding aural experience. Blues Revue praised it for its “dark, brooding, pop-inflected tunes that sit atop rich, multi-textured arrangements, elevating each composition beyond anything seen as fleeting.”

In 2010, Swift released blue sky day (GroundSwell/Warner). The day of its release, he performed in Vancouver as part of the 2010 Olympic celebrations and was soon chosen by CBC as one of Canada’s top songwriters as part of the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest. Swift was nominated for a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year and won Music Nova Scotia’s 2010 Blues Recording of the Year Award. He was also nominated for three 2011 East Coast Music Awards, including Factor Recording of the Year, Male Solo Recording of the Year and Blues Recording of Year.

Like Into The Dirt, blue sky day was produced by Swift and his good friend, Halifax-based engineer/producer Charles Austin (Buck 65, Joel Plaskett). Featuring 11 original songs and a cover of The Carter Family’s “No Depression In Heaven”, blue sky day features multi-instrumentalist, J.P. Cormier, blues-roots artist, Matt Andersen along with Swift’s band, the El Caminos: Brian Bourne (bass and Chapman stick), Geoff Arsenault (drums and percussion), Chris Corrigan (guitar) and Bill Stevenson (piano and organ).

", textured songs,” said Socan's Words and Music. "...Swift writes from a well-earned place of domestic contentment, tapping his folk, jazz, funk and blues chops for a dozen great tunes,” said Penguin Eggs, “…impressive guitar work and soulful baritone voice,” said Canadian Musician and Roots Music Canada wrote, "…his always-expressive vocals are at the forefront of his solo career – every bit as important in the mix as his sophisticated guitar-playing."

In addition to strong airplay on CBC Radio right across the country, blue sky day earned a spot on Earshot’s Folk/Roots/Blues chart at campus/community radio. Swift’s song “Killer” was added to heavy rotation on Halifax's Home of Rock 'n' Roll, Q104, and secured a spot on the active rock radio chart in Canada. The song also hit #1 on the East Coast Countdown, which is heard on stations from Newfoundland to Nunavut.

In March 2011, Swift and fellow Nova Scotia-based musician, Keith Mullins embarked on a new album project. They visited ten schools in ten days in Northern Alberta and each morning they worked with a small group of students to create a song from scratch. Exploring themes of love, family, strength, community and heritage, the student’s voices were recorded, followed by the songwriters' voices and instruments.

Funded by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, 10 songs were written, performed, and recorded to create The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project. Produced by musician, Steven Bowers, along with Swift and Mullins, the recording was mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning.

Swift is currently writing for his next recording, set for release in 2012. In November, he will be performing a show with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax and touring with Montreal-based roots-blues artist, Rob Lutes.

Swift tours solo and with his group, the El Caminos.

For tour dates and more information, visit:

October 2011