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Across the Haro Strait, Oliver Swain & Eli West

March 2 @ 6:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Across the Haro Strait
Featuring Seattle-based Multi-instrumentalist and Vocalist Eli West and Victoria’s Americana and Folk-Noir troubadour Oliver Swain
February 28 – March 3
Texada Island, Powell River, Victoria, Pender Island

When Islands Folk Festival Artistic Director Kelly Nakatsuka brought Oliver Swain and Eli West together for the first time on the Tzouhalem stage in 2018, a lively musical conversation lit up. They shared their perspectives on traditional Appalachian and Mississippi Delta music and indulged in some tangential modern songwriting and performance styles. Like any good conversation there was plenty of good humour and a genuine curiosity in the other. Their set brought the house down and moments afterwards, while chatting backstage ‘Across the Haro Strait’ was born. This short tour and recording session might just be the shape of things to come in westcoast Americana.
While Oliver Swain is well known to victoria audiences, Eli West has been toiling away south of the border, developing a style and creativity that oozes understated talent. And his work has not gone unnoticed. A busy touring artist with stops from North Carolina to Japan this spring, Eli has also been tapped by BC’s top Bluegrass musician John Reischman and now regularly appears with The Jaybirds and in a duo with John that recently returned from a successful tour of Australia.

More praise for Eli West…

‘Making music the world needs’ – Tim O’Brien

‘West is an artist overflowing with ideas and music’ – Green Man Review

‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’ – Martin Simpson

“I had such a wonderful time playing music with Eli West and am so happy our first notes together are documented here on this beautiful recording.” – Bill Frisell

Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays towards the whimsical, the spiritual, and the socially conscious side of what he likes to refer to as “chamber folk odyssey”, and it’s these beguiling and provocative elements that make him unique as an artist and songwriter. Devon Leger even called him “The Zen Rock Garden of old time music” No Depression

“This is genre defying at it’s best…beautifully played and performed, each song a mini masterpiece” Paul Jackson, Fatea magazine UK

“Since I first discovered him, Oliver Swain has been one of my very Favorite artists, especially in a live setting” Tamara Kater, Director at Folk Music Canada

Across the Haro Strait Tour Dates

February 28th, Texada Island
Mary Mary Cafe, Copper Queen st
Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00-9:30
$20 available in advance at Mary Mary Cafe and eventbrite.com

March 1st, Powell River
Cranberry Hall, 6828 Cranberry St
Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm
$20 advance, $25 door at eventbrite.com

March 2nd, Victoria
The Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad st
Doors 6:15, Show 7:00-9:30 *Early Show*
$20 advance, $25 Door available at Lyle’s Place and eventbrite.com

March 3rd Pender Island
Gather Teahouse at Hope Bay
phone. 250.629.3923. email. gatherpenderisland@gmail.com
Doors 6:30pm show 7:00pm
$20 available in advance at Gather Teahouse at Hope Bay

– The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
– More detailed venue accessibility info is available at https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
– Washrooms are for all genders.


March 2
6:15 PM - 9:30 PM
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Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street
Victoria,BCV8W 2B2Canada
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