Victoria alternative folk musician Oliver Swain has spent the last 15 years finely tuning his craft, traveling to places like Winnipeg, the Appalachians, and Louisiana and soaking up as much musical culture as possible. After stints with various bands both at home and abroad, Swain released his debut solo album, In A Big Machine, in 2010.
The musician’s latest effort comes in the form of BIG MACHINE — an endeavour that released its Americana-tinged album, Never More Together, in October 2015. The record received critical praise, with publications like Fatea Magazine describing it as “genre defying at its best…beautifully played and performed, each song a mini masterpiece.”
In support of BIG MACHINE and Never More Together, Swain is embarking on a mini-tour across British Columbia to officially release the album in select cities. His rich vocals and plucky banjo will be accompanied by a full band, which includes violinists and mandolinists, as well as bandmates from his other side project, Fans & Motor Supply Co. A date is saved for Vancouver on February 27 at the Rogue Folk Club, a venue that recently made headlines due to the city of Vancouver purchasing St. James Community Square and thereby saving the longstanding music hall from potential demolition.
Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE
When: February 27, 2016
Where: Rogue Folk Club – 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets: $20 advance at Red Cat, Highlife, Rufus Guitars & Tapestry Music, and available at the door