About

Oliver Swain
"Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE"

Instruments: Bass (Acoustic), Vocals, Banjo, Composition/Songwriting details
Oliver Swain, a Juno and WCMA nominated Americana and Folk-Noir musician from Victoria BC spent a dozen years in some of North Americas most loved roots bands(Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) before releasing 'In a BIG MACHINE' in 2011 to rave reviews “Oliver Swain's brilliant vocals and genre-agnostic style make 'In a BIG MACHINE' one of the most exciting new releases on the Canadian folk scene in some time” - Lucinda Chodan, Editor, Edmonton Journal. 'In a BIG MACHINE' Charted in the top 40 in 2011 on Canadian Folk dj charts mostly due to a peak at #1 in Alberta and #3 in BC. A naturalist musician who was drawn to Louisiana and Appalachia several times to discover the roots of American music for himself, Oliver now resides in Victoria where frequent solo journeys into the rugged BC wilderness fuel his original take on songwriting and traditional playing and singing styles. Performing on Banjo and String Bass. Oliver's live show has attracted a lot of attention over the last year including that of Tamara Kater, Executive Director of Folk Music Canada “Since I first discovered him in 2008, Oliver Swain has been one of my very favorite artists – especially in a live setting. His performances are a musical journey that takes you from haunting old-time melodies to soaring new songs...sweeping vocal stylings, dazzling and dramatic skills as an instrumentalist, an evening spent with Oliver Swain will leave you breathless and joyful.”

events

Past Events

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19
Dec
2020
19:30 21:00
Oliver Swain
VOX AMERICANA - A new series and celebration of Americana music hosted by Oliver...
$25
Victoria Event Centre
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21
Nov
2020
19:30 21:00
Oliver Swain
VOX AMERICANA - A new series and celebration of Americana music hosted by Oliver...
$25
Victoria Event Centre
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17
Oct
2020
19:30 21:00
Oliver Swain
VOX AMERICANA - A new series and celebration of Americana music hosted by Oliver...
$25
Victoria Event Centre
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27
Aug
2020
21:00
Nick La Riviere, Club Voltaire, Oliver Swain, Richard Moody, Reuben Wier, Paul D...
50 person live audience and streaming on Facebook Hermann's Hot Club Featurin...
By Donation
Online
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12
Jul
2020
16:00
Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE, adam dobres, Richard Moody
JUNO and WCMA nominated roots artist Oliver Swain strays towards the whimsical, ...
$30
Fernwood Square Poster Board
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13
Jun
2020
Oliver Swain
It is of the greatest importance that we do this safely and responsibly and all ...
$20
secret venue
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01
Feb
2020
19:30 22:30
The Victoria Americana Festival f. Twin Bandit Annie Lou & Jess Cobb
From the Mississippi Delta to the Mountains of Appalachia, Americana in all it's...
$20-$30
Hermann's Jazz Club
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07
Sep
2019
20:00 23:00
Oliver Swain, Ivonne Hernandez, Jenny Lester, Jesse Cobb, Bella White, High Quad...
In the Grand style of the Ole Opry comes a night of Bluegrass, Americana and Cou...
$20
Hermann's Jazz Club
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01
Jun
2019
19:00 22:00
Tom Party
Some of Victoria's best in Rock, Americana and Bluegrass continue their love for...
$5-$20
Victoria Event Centre
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05
May
2019
17:00
Oliver Swain
Join Averill Creek Vineyard for their Spring Open House on Sunday, May 5th! This...
Free
Averill Creek Vineyard
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02
May
2019
22:00
Oliver Swain, Hilary Mary Somerville
Speak, Easy is a smooth-speaking, finger-snapping interdisciplinary arts communi...
$5-$10
The Mint
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02
Mar
2019
19:00 21:30
Oliver Swain, Eli West
New Duo from Victoria's Oliver Swain and acclaimed Seattle based multi-instrumen...
$20-$25
Victoria Event Centre
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07
Dec
2018
19:00
Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE, Ivonne Hernandez, Jesse Cobb (bluegrass), Richard Mo...
Matinee Added December 8th! Demand for this show has been so great that we've ad...
$20-$25
Victoria Event Centre
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22
Sep
2018
19:00
Diemm, Oliver Swain
Tickets available at Niagara Market (James Bay) and Eventbrite $15 OR $18 at the...
$15-$18
Church of Truth – Community of Conscious Living
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20
Sep
2018
19:00
Diemm, Oliver Swain
To entertain is one thing. To enrich is another. Singer-Songwriter-Harper-Poet D...
$15
Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Sooke Folk Club)
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05
Sep
2018
Thunderfeet, Rotten Apple Ruckus, Sugar Castle, The Miles Skye Club, Oliver Swain
This event is being held on the beautiful traditional and unceded Coast Salish T...
$5-$10
Victoria Event Centre
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20
Jul
2018
00:00
Begonia, Leela Gilday, James Keelaghan, Jeremy Fisher Junior, Logan Staats, Leer...
The Cowichan Folk Guild will proudly present the 34th Islands Folk Festival July...
Providence Farm
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30
Jun
2018
Oliver Swain, Peach Guevara, Cindy Sue, Thunderfeet
***This collaborative event between Rise N' Resist, Caffe Fantastico and a varie...
$10
Caffe Fanastico, 965 Kings Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1W7
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16
Jun
2018
19:30
Denis Donnelly (co-director), Cathy Baker (co-director), Dick Jackson (co-dir...
THE SONG WILL NEVER END ~ THE GETTIN' HIGHER CHOIR in CONCERT Directed by Denis...
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
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16
Jun
2018
Bend Sinister, Towers and Trees, lynx, Oliver Swain, Dephicit
For a quarter of a century now, we’ve had the privilege of providing fellow Vi...
$75
Caffe Fantastico

Current Projects

GroupRoleDates
Tom PartyUpright Bass, Vocals2015-present
Fans & Motor Supply Cobass, vocals2013-present
Tower of SongVocals, Bass, Banjo2012-present
Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINEMC2011-present

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