Fernado Pinto Presents East Rock Concert Series
The Sunday Buzz Matinee
Emma Swift is a gifted singer songwriter, inspired by Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt and Sandy Denny, Emma’s sound is a blend of classic folk, Americana and indie rock. Although she writes her own songs, she is best known for her interpretations of other people’s work.
In August 2020 she released the critically-acclaimed “Blonde On The Tracks”, an inspired reimagining of some of her favourite Bob Dylan tunes on Tiny Ghost Records. The album received Best of 2020 accolades from Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene, No Depression, The Guardian and more. The album charted in the Australian Top 10, as well as in the UK, US and European Americana Charts.
In 2021, Rolling Stone Magazine named her version of Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately” as #18 in the 80 Best Dylan covers of all-time.
In addition to making music, Emma loves surrealist art, collage animation and travel. She counts visual artists Dora Maar and Dorothea Tanning among her heroes, as well as the poets Mary Oliver and Louis MacNeice. She is married to British alternative songwriter Robyn Hitchcock and the pair frequently perform live together. As a duo they have released two 7 inch singles, “Love Is A Drag” and “Follow Your Money”.
Swift tours all over the world and this is her second visit to New Haven’s Cafe Nine.
Be here now and be there then.
Lys Guillorn is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, Connecticut. A stylistic shape-shifter, Guillorn dips her pointy boots in folk and psych-rock. In 2018, Guillorn won CT Now’s Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Singer-Songwriter. They have two full-length studio records of original material, a collection of covers and compilation tracks, and a couple of EPs and singles on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. Her most recent single is called “Dolores & I,” released on the 2020 compilation Waiting on a Sunrise Vol. 1.
“So if oddly uplifting, folk, blues country-infused acoustic semi-electric psychedelic dark pop music is your thing, please say hello to Lys Guillorn, you'll get along just fine.” - Geraint Jones, Comes With a Smile #14 (UK)