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Martin Swinger: My Bio

150,100,50 word Bio

150 word bio:

 

    Martin Swinger is an atypical 50-something who can’t stop exploring music, songwriting and singing. Socially conscious, thought provoking and surprizingly entertaining, Martin is celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging delivery. He’s recorded 5 CD’s, won local and national songwriting awards, is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.

      Martin composes songs about Alzheimer’s, Autism, oysters, dyslexic theology and the adventures of Betty Boop and Buddha – lyrically and melodically illustrating the variety of human emotions with sensitivity, creatively thoughtful stories, a deep appreciation for a good belly laugh, and by igniting wonder in the powerful metamorphosis music inspires in the heart, mind, body and soul. Surprising, humorous, intimate, outrageous, courageous and universal - each unforgettable song is sung with delicacy, skill and the panache of a seasoned, professional performer!

 

100 word Bio:

 

     Martin Swinger’s songs span Alzheimer’s, Autism, oysters, dyslexic theology and the lively adventures of Betty Boop and Buddha – lyrically and melodically illustrating the variety of human emotions in powerful story-songs. Surprising, humorous, intimate, outrageous, universal - each song sung with the skill and panache of a seasoned performer.

     Martin is an atypical 50-something singer/songwriter celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging personality. With many albums, local and national songwriting awards, Martin is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.

 

 

50 word Bio:

 

 Martin Swinger’s music spans Autism, oysters, dyslexic theology, Betty Boop and Buddha with performance penache and ingenius songs which are surprising, intimate, outrageous, and true. A repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival, Martin’s fans include Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters. 

Martin Swinger : Songs Worth Listening To

Martin's repertoire of 'Songs Worth Listening To' run the gamut from infectiously bright, upbeat and witty, to astounding and powerfully moving. A concert includes award winning originals, swing and jazz standards, traditional and contemporary Americana selections, with some tastefully un-classifiable gems to freshen your ears. Martin has produced five CD’s - MOON, SCRAPBOOK, MOCKINGBIRD, AMERICAN SEEDS and BearNAKED with a history of cassettes, 45's and "LIVE! At The Family Dawg!" albums recorded with musical friends. He also writes songs for local Cable TV shows, radio stations, schools, community musical productions and songs for private clients.

- Performer Worth Listening To

Martin connects with his audience. He's a performer you’ll be glad you experienced live. His talent is evident from the moment he walks onstage. He is simply an astounding musician with a comfortable presence, a powerful voice and creative guitar skills. Martin's strength of performance, fluid tenor voice and incredible vocal range are compelling enough to capture the attention of any audience. (He once brought a room full of teens playing pool to a sudden stand-still with an A Cappella performance!) Recognition for his songwriting and performing talent continues to grow. He is a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Festival performer and led workshops and performances at Boston Folk Festival. He was featured on the “Kerrville 2000" and “2001" and other compilation CD's. Martin performed at this years "Big Taboo" Festival in Provincetown and is featured in a recent book, FOLK MELLINEUM by Dr. Tom Gruening. Closer to home, Martin was opening feature at Maine Governor Angus King’s “Arts in the Capitol” series and annually emcees a stage for the “Day in Capitol Park” on the Maine State Capitol lawn. He sings the national anthem for the State Senate and has performed at L.L. Bean’s “Discovery Park” and at their flagship store in Maine. Martin celebrated nine years as host and producer of an original cable television show, “ALIVE! From Johnson Hall”, a popular concert series featuring Maine musicians, which continues to broadcast to 120,000 homes across Maine.

Personal History

Music is an honored Swinger family tradition so Martin was singing solos in public by the first grade and writing songs by his teens. Early years in Georgia were spent playing piano, ukulele and guitar, making music with friends and family and singing in school and church choirs.
He formed his first band while a Junior in High School, discovered poetry, Paul Simon and Harry Nilsson, then attended Valdosta State College in Georgia where he wrote music for several productions.
Martin began to take his personal songwriting more seriously in his 20's when his first "adult' song, "Look Who's Cryin' Now" earned a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from The American Song Festival. Martin moved to Berea, Kentucky where, for 8 years he toured with Mitch Barrett as a duo called MANDALA and gained fans in the Virginia/D.C. Circuit. After moving to Norfolk, Virginia he collaborated with Mike Munden and Brent Gable in a band called JUST PLAIN FOLK and then 15 years ago, moved to Maine where he currently lives, writes, performs, teaches and gardens.

- Radio Exposure

WERU Ellsworth, ME: CD plays, recorded jingles, live interviews, benefit concerts, Full Circle Fair

WUMB Boston, MA : CD plays, live interviews, Boston Folk Festival performer

WCLZ Portland, ME : CD plays, live interviews, recorded jingles

WMPG Portland, ME : CD plays, live interviews, recorded jingles

WHQO Skowhegan, ME : CD plays, live interview

WHRO Norfolk, VA : CD plays, live interview

Sirius Radio NY, NY : CD plays, live interview KOOP (WebCast)

WJFF Jeffersonville, NY : CD plays, Pride Day Festival performer

WOMR Cape Cod, MA : CD plays, live interviews and taped live performances : 

WFMT Chicago  Music in the Rafters played on Rich Warren's Midnight Special TWO CONSECUTIVE SHOWS!

WTBQ, Warwick, NY Feature artist on Jon Stein's Hootenanny

WIOX, Artie Martello, Roxbury, NY

Music Educator

Martin parlays his love of songwriting into education and teaches songwriting to students from kindergarten to adulthood. Visit his other site, www.swingersongwriter.com for more info about his work as an educator.

BRIO! Singers - https://www.facebook.com/briosingers/

Martin performs with the trio, BRIO!  BRIO! is comprised of Martin Swinger, Matt Loosigian and Deb Hensley. We offer concerts and vocal improv workshops. To learn more, visit our FaceBook page:        https://www.facebook.com/briosingers/