Swallow Hill Music
71 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210

Swallow Hill Music is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving acoustic and folk music through concerts and music lessons for all ages. It has served Colorado’s Front Range for almost 40 years. It is the second largest acoustic music school in the country and produces more than 250 concerts each year to a total audience of almost 100,000 people.

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One of Swallow Hill’s outreach programs involves providing music education to young students in the Denver metro area, who attend schools which do not offer adequate music programs due to budget cuts.

Swallow Hill Music On CBS4

In November CBS4 This Morning began featuring the music of five different bands who regularly perform at Swallow Hill Music. Many of the band members also are music instructors as well.

Here are bios of some of those bands:

Strange Americans

Swallow Hill connections: Michael John McKee: Outreach Coordinator, Percussion Instructor, Trent Nelson: Guitar and Ensemble Instructor

Upcoming Appearances: Swallow Hill Music, Tuft Theatre on Saturday, November 17 (More Info), Bluebird Theater, Friday, December 14 (opening for Brent Cowles) (More Info)

It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans have three full-length records, Royal Battle (2012), That Kind of Luster (2014), and Borrow You, Brother (2017), along with the 7″ Vinyl Places (2015). Borrow You, Brother was recorded with Echo Lab engineer and producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earle).

Website: strangeamericansmusic.com

Martin Gilmore

Martin Gilmore is a singer-songwriter, music educator, producer, guitarist, writer and artist from Denver.

Martin is a Swallow Hill Music Instructor. He teaches Bluegrass Ensemble, Guitar, Songwriting, and more. He is also the host and producer of Swallow Hill’s Front Row Podcast.

Martin will play Swallow Hill Music with the University of Northern Colorado Bluegrass Ensemble on Thursday, November 29 in Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill Music, 71 East Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210, at 7:30pm
Event details: eventbrite.com

The University of Northern Colorado Bluegrass ensemble features traditional Bluegrass and Old-time music. Comprised mostly of music students this year’s repertoire focuses mainly on the music of the Stanley Brothers and John Hartford. A traditional bluegrass ensemble, the group features mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle as well as strong vocals and full harmonies.

Martin Gilmore isn’t afraid to explore genres. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, he brings a lot of music to life. Throughout his sound, there a common thread of American music — folk, bluegrass, country, swing and jazz. Martin Gilmore is a noted solo performer and has just returned from two years living in Cairo, Egypt. He has performed all over the United States, as well as in Europe and Africa. He has shared the stage with members of Hot Rize, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Nashville Bluegrass Band and many more. In August of 2017 he opened two shows for Stephen Stills and Judy Collins.

He was a founding member of the Award winning bluegrass band Long Road Home, as well as the vintage Honky-Tonk band “The Semaphores.”

He is also a well known music educator teaching at Swallow Hill Music, The Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor and his own private studio. In 2017, he joined faculty at the University of Northern Colorado teaching bluegrass guitar.

Website: martingilmore.com | EPK

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See recent CBS4 reports about Swallow Hill below: