Swift Creek to play at Merlefest 2017
Swift Creek is very pleased to be included in the initial band lineup for Merlefest 2017. Merlefest is one of the largest and most popular "Roots" music festivals in the world, with attendance of 74,500 last year.
The festival will be held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in North Wilkesboro from Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30. Headliners will include The Zac Brown Band and Mountain Heart, with many more headliners and bands to be announced soon. Watch our site and social media for details! (And don't forget to purchase tickets online now!)
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Shows coming up!
Saturday night, January 21, 2017 takes us to Lorraine's Coffee House and Music for a 7:30 PM show. This is a place we always enjoy...friendly, music-loving crowd, delicious coffee drinks & baked goods, and a comfortable room designed for playing and listening to music. If any of Lorraine Jordan's musician friends show up (as they often do), maybe we'll have a guest player or two on stage with us, or even Lorraine herself!
Swift Creek assists Raleigh PD with "Running Man"
We joined The Carolina Ballet, Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Rev. Nancy Petty and many others to make Raleigh PDs "Running Man" project a success, with 24K views and counting!! Watch for us about midway through. Kudos to RPD for this catchy and often hilarious tribute to community policing!
Hot off the press...and TV!!
AND..WNCN-TV, local CBS affiliate did a segment about Swift Creek to kick of "Bluegrass Week!" Watch HERE. Thanks to Beairshelle Edme for the story!
FINALLY, News and Observer photographer Chris Seward made the coolest video using time-lapse photos (5000 of them!) and he chose "Bluegrass Hurricane" as the soundtrack. Take a look HERE.
Swift Creek Announces World of Bluegrass Shows
For our second show on Wednesday, September 28, we're proud to be a part of The Bluegrass Ramble. The Ramble features 200 showcase performances over 3 nights at venues all over downtown Raleigh. Swift Creek will play at The Pour House at Midnight, followed by Bluegrass favorite, Special Consensus. We'll have a complete lineup for you when announced. Get your tickets for all World of Bluegrass events, including The Bluegrass Ramble HERE....they go fast!
Our final World of Bluegrass week show will be a fabulous FREE LateNight Afterparty sponsored by Foothills Brewing Co. on Friday, September 30 at Kings, one of our favorite venues downtown just a couple of blocks away from Red Hat Amphitheatre, where The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be headlining Friday's lineup for WOB. As the last notes ring out (Mr. Bojangles? Fishin' in the Dark?) head on over to Kings at 14 W. Martin St. where one of our favorite new bands, Hank, Pattie and the Current will help us keep the music going!! Show starts at 10PM. FOR DETAILS ON ALL OUR PERFORMANCES, CHECK OUT OUR SHOWS PAGE ON THIS SITE.
Podcast-Interview with Kevin Brown
"Magnolia" in the Press and on Radio!
Where to Purchase Our Music
"Magnolia" includes original songs by Kevin Brown, guitarist and vocalist for Swift Creek and a founder of the band, formed six years ago. From tender ballads ("Afterglow," "Broken Bird," and "The Levee) to rousing Bluegrass tunes ("Wake Me Up To Drive" and "Bluegrass Hurricane") this CD features some of Kevin's best work to date. There's even a parody ("Life in the Slow Lane") which has become an instant audience favorite. You can stream some of the new songs right from our website...Stream Magnolia.
We hope you'll like "Magnolia," and we also hope to see you at one of our live Shows soon!
Interview with Kevin Brown in VENTS magazine
Saturday, February 13-House Concert at Heathwood House, Raleigh, NC. Contact us for tickets and information.
Saturday, February 27-North87South in Graham, NC
Check our "Shows" page or Facebook for all the details
Save the Date! CD Release Show and Party on April 9
"Magnolia" is ready!
We recorded the 12 tracks on "Magnolia" at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill with acclaimed music producer and musician, Jerry Brown. Read on for news about our CD Release Show and Party on April 9! In the meantime, here we are in the studio doing one of our favorites from the album, "Rattle Them Bones."
Swift Creek Welcomes Stephen Fraleigh
Swift Creek is very pleased to announce a new addition to the band. Stephen Fraleigh has joined us on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and we couldn't be happier!
Stephen holds the distinction of winning the Champion Bluegrass Fiddler honor at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Virginia not once, but twice. His most recent win was in 2013. Originally from Ohio, Stephen has been a presence on Triangle stages for many years as a member of several bands and has been a session player on more albums than we can mention. He also plays a mean banjo and will be helping us out on both lead and harmony vocals.
We bid a fond farewell to Ashley Kovacs, a fine fiddler, who is leaving us to devote more time to being a Mom and working as strings instructor at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
Pour House Show with The Gravy Boys and Nasty Habits!
Coming up for Swift Creek....
IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2015 is over. Thanks to the many folks who worked around the clock to bring the Festival inside, making it a huge success despite weather and space challenges. What a week! We played three shows and heard amazing musicians and bands from around the world. Can't wait 'til next year!
More Fall Shows!! On Saturday, October 24 we are proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Durham with a show following a short walk in Rock Quarry Park. This nationwide event has been very successful in raising both funds and awareness, so sign up for one of teams listed on the website or form your own team!
Then on Friday, October 30, a very special show and our first one at Mac's Tavern in Cary. We love Cary...heck, three of us live or work there! Mac's is a favorite neighborhood tavern/restaurant in central Cary which has featured local and regional bands for many years. If you haven't discovered them yet, now's the time!
World of Bluegrass, Sept. 29-Oct. 3
The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass will take over downtown Raleigh from September 29-October 3, with both ticketed and free events. Swift Creek will open The Bluegrass Ramble on Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM at Tir Na Nog, an official Bluegrass Ramble venues, and the only venue where you can enjoy delicious food and craft beer! Following us, these seven amazing bands play hourly beginning at 7PM: Blue Mafia, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, Donna Hughes, The Missy Werner Band, Wood and Wire, The Railsplitters, and Jim Hurst. For the complete schedule for all events go to World of Bluegrass official schedule.
Swift Creek will also be a featured band for Bluegrass After Hours, an IBMA and Downtown Raleigh Alliance sponsored event in selected downtown clubs. We'll play a free show at about 11:30 on Friday, October 2 at King's Barcade immediately following the Alison Krauss and Union Station show at Red Hat Amphitheatre. Get your tickets to the Bluegrass Ramble and other World of Bluegrass events now!
*****A big "Thank You" to Mike Krogh for our new photo above, taken at the Hillsborough Street Live and Local Bluegrass Festival on September 27! Check out Mike's amazing photography at OneFinePhoto.com.
New show added...Friday, Aug. 14!
Beer and Banjos on August 25!
Apex Music in the Park-July 18!
We're "Pickin' in the Plaza this Thursday, June 18!
More good news! Stephen Fraleigh, two-time Bluegrass Fiddle Champion at the Galax Fiddler's Convention (most recent win in 2013) will be joining Swift Creek for this show. So come on out on Thursday, July 2 from 7:30 until 9:30!
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!!
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/
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.)
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on October 10th!
Swift Creek To Play for ADA Gala
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!
Preamble to the Ramble at World of Bluegrass
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
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
New Show Announcement
Meet the New Swift Creek!
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 Pines
June 14 Show with Kickin' Grass Band
The Best Country Picks
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……..
Welcome Dan Smith!
Swift Creek on Pandora
Front Porch Music
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.