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Martin Swinger: Sign the Guestbook

Mr. Kyle Fletcher Baker, MCN

December 23, 2013

Just heard another song by you on Bear Network Radio 'Buffalo bears' and it was a riot and wonderfully funny…thank you for your talent and music.

Kyle fletcher Baker, MCN
Durham Maine

rick bastable

December 15, 2013

saw you at jacks house Friday night loved it am now listening to your album it is pure it is beautiful it is funny it is all you could ask for in an album hope to see you again

Jack Jones

July 11, 2012

There is no way you remember me but I was a regular at Smackwater Jack's and another bar in Va Beach in 1983. Mandala was awesome and I was listening to an old tape today of a performance you guys recorded on 6/8/1984. Doug Thurm gave me the tape many years ago just before he was in a bad car accident. You may remember Doug. I think you guys played at his wedding. Anyway, was just wondering what ever happened to you guys and looks like you are doing great. Thanks for many great memories. Jack

Lily Russell

July 9, 2012

Hi my name is Lily Russell and I love your music! I remember you came to my old elementary school. East Auburn Community School. You also helped write the school song. When you came to my old school, I had so much fun with you and I was very inspired with your music considering I love music myself! You are doing an amazing job!

David Wheat

June 10, 2012

I saw you last night at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk. Your song about your father put me in the "watch" with you, wondering if he would last til sunrise. Thank you for touching on tender topics with grace and humor. It helps.

sheena phillips

May 7, 2012

many thanks for the improv workshop the other week in NJ - inspiring - now I'm all wired to start something here in trenton!


February 25, 2012

So enjoyed you at Bruce's house concert last night!

Ben Williamson

November 1, 2011

Great set at the Lion's Pride tonight. My wife and I really enjoyed your singing and playing. Thanks Martin.

Pete Pages

October 23, 2011

Hi Martin. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your recent concert at Pine Lake. I look forward to your return - next time, I won't squander the opportunity to take your workshop! (I'm on Elise's mailing list).

bob sandberg

August 14, 2011

loved hearing you and meeting you @ Maggies place. Apologies again for the late arrival! Enjoying Moon and Scrapbook.

Debbie Richardson Boukhalfa

June 1, 2011

I was your biggest fan back in the 80's...when Brenda Barkley used to get you guys gigs...those were the days....I would walk in the door where you were playing and the next song you would sing would be for me.." Holdin' On".....I LOVED to hear you sing! I still have the cassette of Just Plain Folk and am still amazed at the work you did on Silvie....Loved Weary Hobo too! I could listen to you sing all night long and never tire of your voice.

Rebekka Goldsmith (Gigi)

May 23, 2011

Martin, you captured your spirit so beautifully on this album! Vunerable, playful, joyous, sad, flirty, simple, oy I felt like I was sitting next to you on our car ride to Montreal. I just loved it. I can hear your smile as you sing your lines (that is such a wonderful thing!)

Ryan States

April 8, 2011

I loved hearing hearing "Christmas Blues" on JD's show, Queer Music Heritage. What a great voice you have!


April 5, 2011

WONDERFUL website and video on youtube...your music is so beautiful Martin. I love it!

Nathan Wilson

February 21, 2011

Dear Martin,
A great big howdy from Kentucky! I love your music and I am so glad to hear you again through the internet. I will always remember the songs we sang together in Virgina and Kentucky. Be good and take care! Your loyal fan for life!


February 5, 2010

Hi there Martin,
After having the honour to talking to you, I MUST sign your guest book. Your songs are amazing and full of joy and heart, listening to your bear songs always light up my day... thanks for singing to us.

Cheers from Brazil


Matthew Stewart

January 31, 2010

I watched you play at the Wayne Library Fundraiser and just wanted to let you know that you stole the show. You're music is easy to listen to, but very fun to sing along with. I hope I can get ahold of one of your CD's very soon to listen to "That little plastic part" again.

Chris Wormell

March 9, 2009

It was nice chatting with you at the "Cup" on Sunday evening. We always look forward to having you at the State House!!

noel paul stookey

October 24, 2008

hi martin! had the opportunity to listen to the cd you gave me with WOODEN BOY and UNCLE HUBERT. nicely done! also listened to the HANGIN ON mp3 here at your site. absolutely LOVE the shot of you upside down on the swing...surprised you haven't written a song called GRAVITY yet...or maybe you have? send me a copy? anyway thanks again for the listen...


David,MaryBeth,and Madison Wallis

December 30, 2007

We always enjoy your sing along around the campfire up to Papoose Pond Camping Resort,ME. We will be there again this new year,2008 for the week of June 21 or close to that date. We plan to join you by the fire once again. Happy New Year!!

Molly McGillicuddy

December 17, 2007

Hi Martin,

I really enjoyed your concert at the grade school in Winthrop. I'm the Aunt of a 4th Grader named Gen. I brought my new bunddle of joy with me. His name is George. He was one week old to the day on the day of the concert and he really enjoyed the music and the movement of my sway. George has been listening to classical, dance, folk, and folk rock at home. Music is is great for building his creative mind, and local music is exciting because we can catch some concerts in the park once the weather is warm again.

We like listening to a CD of the boneheads too. I've enjoyed that band since I was only 15 years old. But I don't think their currently together. Calipso Soldier is a good band too, but I wouldn't take a baby to Sully's Tavern :)

Uncle Hubert was a strikingly touching song. One lyric said he would ask the congregration to rise for the singing of the Old Hundreth. We sing that every week at the UU church. Was your Uncle a Uniterian Minister? If not what denomination did he teach? I don't discriminate, so there is no wrong answer.

Thanks again for being George's first music concert. Your name will be in his baby book. And I'm egar to have Gen take you CD from the library.

Merry Christmas!

morgan from winthrop grade school

December 14, 2007

I love your song conny island . Hope you didnt lose your voice! Do you have any pets? What inspired you start singing was it anyone in your family ? Remember that song " we've been learning about water and its properties liquid clear no odor changes densities alot of water will go faster down a sloping hill water forse is used for turning water mills i dont have room to write the rest but it goes on trust me . Have a good Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


December 6, 2007


I have gone the world AIDS day service as long as I can remember and I love listening to you every year. I really liked it when you played Lean on me.
Take Care,

Dawn Kelly-Bryers

August 22, 2007

Your music is wonderful! If I ever come to Maine I will look you up. I have spent my morning browsing your site and had a great time.
May you always be happy.

will swinger (nephew)

May 14, 2007

it was great to see you at rachel's wedding! and i look forward to seeing you again soon! keep on "swinging"!!!

with love and admiration,
will >


April 17, 2007

hi martin i am savanna in ms.lee's class in 4th grade @ sherwood heights. my favorite song was Uncle hubert but it was sad.



April 14, 2007

hi!Martin, I made up a song with my friend!

If I where a penguin,
If I where a penguin,
I would slide on my tummy,
And fall on my bummy!
If I where a penguin!

Like it? I have not heard of you in a cupple days! I hope you write back!

I'm not doing much this weekend, but I heard that we are going to get alot of snow!
your friend,
tiana m!

Dolly P.

April 12, 2007

You are such a joy to listen to. Keep up the great writing and don't ever change! You possess a style of interpreting lyrics that is lacking among so many of today's up and coming artists.

ashley gagnon

April 12, 2007

Hi Martin Swinger!It's me Ashley Gagnon from Sherwood Height's,Ms.Lee's room.I can't get the song:The Bone's In The Body out of my head!I want to be a famous song writer like you1I'm working on a song by myself called:I'm Thinking of You.It's about my More Papa who died on my dad's b-day.


April 11, 2007


Thanks for writing back! I liked your letter! I liked the song you made up in the letter! Do you know my favorite song of yours Its Uncle Hubert! I love it, but its sad! I'm excited for you to write back!

your friend,
Tiana Morgan!


April 9, 2007

Hi! I cant wait until you come back next year. We'll have a lot of fun. We can make more songs and sing them in front of the cluster. Your a really good singer. I showed my mom and sister your website and they thought the one about uncle Hubert was sad. Singing with you was a lot of fun. Im Max in Ms. Lee's class so you dont think I'm someone different. I can't wait until next year to sing with you and I hope you can write back.
Your friend in Auburn, Maine

cassidy cloutier

April 9, 2007

hi im in 5th grade at sherwood heigh you did a concert at my school its only bin what 2-3 day and i already rote like 4 songs .
ps- i was in the class that loved to sing and had the chalk borad coved make more great song
from cassidy

Tiana morgan!

April 9, 2007

Hi Martin! you came to my school [ Sherwood Heights!] Im tiana! In the 4 grade ms.Lee room! I loved the song we wrote!

The bones in your body,
their are 206!
They are full of marrow,
but they look like sticks!

TUNE: Do your ears hang low!

I hope you come back soon!

Your friend,
Tiana Morgan!


April 9, 2007

I had fun with you at Sherwood heights it was great having you here allthough your Uncle Herbert song made amanda and i sad =(( I liked the "dancing shoes" and "coney Island" they were good when you were in Mrs.Sheas class all of my friends had our ears against the door listening to you sing and we clapped for you too.=)) I think that over the summer im going to take a rthyme and make songs..=)) So far all day I( have had "danceing shoes" stuck in my head so I keep on humming it!!I don't think that I will ever forget you because you werre such an inpiration to me....thank you so much again for being able to come to my school and also thank you to L/A arts!!!
kimberly magretto

P.S I'm Kim from Mrs.Taylors room ;)

B Greene

March 25, 2007

Martin - What fun I'm having teaching 4 year olds this year. At the end of a long and tiring day, we sometimes "Put on (your) Dancin' Shoes" and let go of some pent up energy - they, at least, have energy at the end of the day!

Hopefully you're beginning to warm up now in Maine - we sure are in GA!

Take care--

Room 47 Roosevelt, Spurwink School

March 8, 2007

Hello Martin, Do you remeber me? I was the crazy kid named Andrew. I was the one who made the Bite the Deer's rear song. I have a question, are you married to that girl that was always with you named Lyn?
Your soon going to get a letter from our classroom, in fact it's siting right in front of me. I had a lot more fun then I thought. Thanks for coming to our school. P.S. Happy St. Patrick's day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Randa-Lynn Gordon

February 17, 2007

Just a note to let you know you are missed in Hampton Roads! I'm glad you're doing well. You're often in my thoughts and prayers. you and Mitch (and friends) gave me and my mother many hours of pleasure and still do when I find myself humming or singing a tune I learned from ya'll. Take care!!

Sylvia Yeaton

January 26, 2007

Hello Martin! I like your web site. I am glad that I am able to contact you so easily. I wondered if you would be interested in visiting the two third grade classrooms here at Cape Cod Hill School. We are working on the history of the mid 1800's and wondered if you would be able to sing with them from the Gold Rush era songs such as Old Suzanna, Oh Californy, Clemintine. I bet there are some
Civil War tunes that would be appropriate too. I have played your CD and told them you came last year. They asked if you could come again. I told them I would check. I wondered whether you would be able to come in on Friday, March 2. It would be a culminating activity for one part of our historical unit. Let me know whether this would be possible and how much time and your fee for this kiind of performance. We can talk about details.

Thanks so much.


November 13, 2006

You're a great inspiration to us all. Bearapalooza was great!

Anita Barrett

October 23, 2006

Hey Martin,
My son now plays that same mandolin we played together.
We sure had some great time together back in the 80's
Still LOVE YA after all these years!!!

Dennis C. McGrath

October 20, 2006

We want "Betty Boop & Buddha," and we want it NOW!


October 18, 2006


Thank you for sharing your incredible gift with the gang in New Brunswick. Let's do it again soon.

Chris Wood

September 14, 2006

Still grinnin' after "Clear Creek" ! I came home determined to work on my vocalization. Damn, you hold onto a note forever ! Thanx for being there.

Sarah Pirkle

September 2, 2006

Hey Martin, love listening to your tunes on cd.
Hope you see you again in person sometime soon.
I'll be at the next Clear Creek fest, will you?

Kelli Shadwell

July 17, 2006

What a great site, Martin! I'll turn my new principal on to you and your extreme talents. Everyone in Georgia misses you, especially me. Bring moose soon!


May 27, 2006

once again i am writing to must have beem about a month or so since u came to my school(china middle represent) you are awesome!!!

rachel pierce

April 17, 2006

I enjoyed havin u come to my school. as i right this i'm listening to dancin shoes. Awsome song! i hope i get to meet u again sometime. thanks for comin in to sing to us i never would have heard about u if u hadn't come.

Shea Craig

April 16, 2006

You came to my school in Ashland. I had so much fun! Iloved the song "The Biggest Uncle I Ever Had"I bet you really miss him.
See Ya,

chocolate chip (nick name real name domonique)

March 18, 2006

Hey martin I have written once already but I felt like writing to you again. You are one of the greatest, and happiest people that I have ever met and it was an honor to meet you. Your Uncle Hubert song is my favorite. But I love everyone of your songs. Thank you for comoing to my school(China Middle School represent!)

Thank you, you were a true inspiration

~*chocolate chip*~
A.K.A Domonique


March 17, 2006

Yo dog, you were sweet when you came to our school a few weeks back (China Middle School) My favorit song the you sang to us was "Uncle Hubert." Anyways I really liked you and I thought you were Great! Keep up the good work!
Also, thank you for teaching me how to write poems because now I know how to write them!(he he ha ha ) Thanks a whole LOT!!!!


February 20, 2006

You came to my school and I thought you were very good! You have very good songs and an awesome voice. You were really fun to watch.


February 19, 2006

you are an amazing singer and all of your music comes straight from your heart.thank you for coming to my school last week(china middle school)i know that we all enjoyed are amazing keep up the good work

Charlie Daraghy

February 9, 2006

Hey smiley... nice job with website, and I wish you many successes in your travels!
Now I can listen to you anywhere!

kerrigan leblanc

January 30, 2006

Enjoyed the presentation at Mapleton Elementary! Thank you very much! Kerrigan

Rita Barbioni

January 14, 2006

Martin just wanted to say thank-you for scrapbook ,I have listen to it time & time again,You are indeed a wonderfull entertainer god bless you in all you do hello to Brian see you 2 at the salon in the future best to you both


January 11, 2006

Today I'd discovered you.
A flash in my music knowledge. I love your song and your way to play and sing them.

You have found another fan

Good luck

Raphael Bear


January 8, 2006

The other day I came across your CD and I stated listening to it and it reminded me of when I was in 2nd grade (I'm now in 9th) and you came to my school for I believe it was our Young Authors Day. You proformed for us and we had sessions with you where you talked about how you came up with your songs.
My favorite song has to be Uncle Hubert.


January 7, 2006

wow so enjoyed listening to your songs and I think it's absolutely great that you also teach! I'll be on the lookout for your performances would love to see you live!
Happy New Year!


December 30, 2005

Except for the pictures of HIM, this is a swell website, isn't it. Like HIMSELF, it's loaded with energy and enthusiasm and community spirit. If I had kids in school, I'd make sure the school hired Martin. But I am old, now, and my kids are all grown up and I can't remember where they went to school. Maybe we can all figure out how to get Martin some house concerts during 2006. In the afternoon he can sing to the kiddies and in the evening he can sing to old people, such as myself. That's the ticket! I will figure out how to do this.


December 22, 2005

Martin Swinger Came To My School 3 Years Ago And He Was AWESOME! Now When Ever He Is On T.V For A Local Performance I HAVE To Gllue My Eyes To The T.V Because He Is Just SUCH An Awesome Singer!

Randall Morabito

December 21, 2005

Caught most of your show on WMPG today. Turned on the radio and it took me all of about 3 seconds to recognise your unique voice. You are sounding better than ever! Love the new web site. The Trout Fishing thing is cool, as are the Bonnie and Nashville things.

Folks, I've performed with Martin many times over the years, and you won't find a more professional performer, nor one that gives their all more than this guy does. Martin rocks!


December 12, 2005

Martin! Great new website! I'm sure we'll hear you on In Tune By Ten soon!

Andrea Turner

December 5, 2005

Your website looks great! Twas good to hear from you! Sounds like life is good for you as you travel, sing, visit family and friends. Didn't know you were considering Austin for the holidays, but i love the idea of you being here and all of us singing carols together! Hopefully someday. We are well down here. Busy.
BTW-If you see Diana Jones, tell her I said hello.
I did the photos on her "The One that got Away" album. Happy holidays to you and Brian...and we'll see you in late May.
Love, Andrea

fred white

November 30, 2005

I have been performing and emcee-ing for years (okay, decades), and when I first saw you do your thing on stage 15 years ago, I thought "this guy has got IT; that presence, spirit, and voice that makes one a great writer and performer." It turns out that you are also one heck of a teacher too; inciting others to create and perform. Thanks for being who you are and doing what you do!

Rob Morehouse

November 7, 2005

Love the new website (and love you, as well!) Now I can see where you will be and when, and keep up on all the important work you are doing. Echoing cousin Jean's comments... Love, Rob

Jean Swinger

October 28, 2005

You are phenominal and your web page is great!! I am so proud of you and honored to be your cousin!! Miss you! Keep having fun and making hearts happy!! You sure make mine happy!! Love, Jean

Lucy McGillicuddy

October 7, 2005

Martin, what do you mean I can't go on the tour with you? But Ricky, I mean, Martin, I've never played the Tropicana before and I told the girls at the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League that Ethel and I were going to get to be in the show with you and Bonnie Riat, and Carolyn Appleby's husband is planning to film us on his TV show! Waaaaaaaaaa!