Bri-anne Swan

Musician in Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bri-anne Swan

Musician in Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The instrumentation may be firmly planted in the roots genre, but Bri-anne Swan resists convention when it comes to lyrics on her new record Letters Home. She’s been inspired by artists both traditional and contemporary, and you can feel the dual influences. Bringing it all together on her second full length record, she examines the question “Can you ever really go home again”? As she explores the tension between what is and what was, she tackles her “modern folk tales” from a variety of interesting viewpoints.

She typically “writes about literary or spiritual characters from a modern feminist perspective”. The tracks are catchy and interesting without forcing the listener to dig deep, but the challenge is there for those wanting more. Wayne Strongman, founder of Tapestry New Opera and Member of the Order of Canada, sums it up by saying “I have been privileged to work with some of the finest writers and composers who have been birthed by this country, and it is in this light that Bri-anne’s gift in text for metaphor and clarity of personal truth, and the elegant simplicity of her melodies, has been a joy to celebrate”.

Producer Mitch Girio has helmed previous projects for the singer/songwriter. This time around he shares production duties with Bri-anne herself and Great Lake Swimmers bassist Bret Higgins. Thanks in part to a successful crowd funding campaign, the producing triumvirate put together a dream team of Canadian musicians. Juno nominee Dean Drouillard plays electric guitar (Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood), Christine Bougie pitches in on lap steel and Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Justin Rutledge) joins on piano and organ. Bri-anne calls Joshua Van Tassel and Higgins her “favourite rhythm section in Canada”, and says they “came in and had a really good instinctive sense of what I was trying to do”. Together with a full string section arranged by Bri-anne herself, the band delivered the rustic, modern folk sound Bri-anne imagined when she wrote these songs.

Girio calls Bri-anne “One of the most dedicated artists I’ve worked with over the past 10 years”, which included bringing her newborn baby into the studio day after day as she put the finishing touches on Letters Home. Her commitment was echoed by the generosity of the large number of donors to her fundraising campaign. Letters Home is a love letter to those supporters, a conversation with her past and a tangible step toward her future in making music.

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  • Education
    • Royal Conservatory of Music