Tower Of Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen
When Leonard Cohen sings these words, the Tower of Song is a metaphor for the inspiration that flows between songwriters, each toiling away on their own, but connected by their shared craft. Moved by this concept, celebrated BC singer-songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone, collaborated to produce a project that is a dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Reimagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, the duo have crafted a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience.
Tower of Song began as a one-off tribute night for a packed house at Vancouver's The Media Club, and has since grown into an actively touring folk duo. Produced by Garramone, she invited fellow Victoria musician Oliver Swain, and the show gave Swain and Garramone the chance to grow their musical chemistry. Together as Tower of Song the two have arranged some of Cohen's timeless songs beautifully, for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. Encouraged by the response, they continued to present the show regionally, and after several sold-out shows on Vancouver Island and a successful tour of BC and Alberta, Tower of Song put "more power in the tower," recording their debut album In City and In Forest, with Juno award winning producer Joby Baker, officially released in April 2014. The CD release tour included over 30 shows across Western Canada, between Tofino, BC and Winnipeg, MB, to full houses in theatres and folk clubs.
Oliver Swain Bio:
Juno & WCMA nominated Americana Folk Noir musician Oliver Swain spent a dozen years in some of North Americas most loved roots bands (Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) before going solo and releasing In a BIG MACHINE in 2011 to rave reviews, #1 spots on the charts, sold out shows and festival appearances across western Canada. A naturalist musician who was drawn to Louisiana and Appalachia several times to discover the roots of American music for himself, Oliver resides in Victoria, BC where frequent journeys into the rugged BC wilderness fuel his songwriting, singing and playing styles. Performing on Banjo and String Bass, led by tremendous vocal abilities, Oliver's live show has attracted a lot of attention over the years 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... an evening spent with Oliver Swain will leave you breathless and joyful." Visit www.oliverswainmusic.com for more info.
Glenna Garramone Bio:
Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, Glenna Garramone harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the organic. She crafts "raw, emotional, and utterly captivating" songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano to her tap shoes. Glenna's talent and creativity have won her invitations to a wide variety of venues; Victoria's Folk Fest, BC Festival of the Arts, and the Victoria Independent Music Awards. With a style somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna's songwriting earned her Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest. She also holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria, with a major in Poetry. Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai'i, Hawaii, her album, Thank You Half Moon captures the intimacy and warmth of Garramone's live performances. When she's not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria. Visit www.glennagarramone.com for more info.