Tue, Dec 4, 2012.
A familiar face will represent Atlantic Canada at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennesse in January. The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has announced that Thom Swift is its choice to send to the acclaimed and respected event happening in January. Each year, the Harvest Festival picks a deserving local musician to compete in what has become the largest blues competition in the world. Past representatives include Matt Andersen, who won the solo competition, helping him rise to the top of the Canadian blues scene, including multiple wins at the Maple Blues Awards.
Swift is originally from McAdam, NB, and spent many years living in Fredericton, and performing as a member of Hot Toddy. Now living in Halifax, Swift is an award-winning songwriter with a successful solo career. He's currently mixing his latest album, which is scheduled to come out March 5th, 2013.
As usual, there will be a major fund-raising concert to help defer the costs of sponsoring Swift's trip to Memphis. The IBC fundraiser is going to take place at Dolan's Pub in Fredericton, on Wednesday, January 16th. Swift will take the stage, and already there is a promise of some special guests joining in. Last year's fundraising concert, to send Ross Neilsen to the competition, was one of the best shows all year in the city. The room was sold out, and Neilsen was joined on stage for a mighty jam by Andersen and Swift. It will all come full circle with Swift's show. The highly-prized tickets are $10, and available now at Dolan's, or on-line at www.ticketpro.ca
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).