Front Row Podcast

What is the alchemy that makes music happen? What are the ingredients that go into its creation? Who are the tribe of people that create this sound?

Swallow Hill Music presents the world of music to through the varied people that make it happen. Teacher, performer and world traveler Martin Gilmore talks, plays and chats with luminaries of the music world known and unknown, seen and unseen. National performers, local songwriters, iconic instrument shop owners, managers, luthiers, sound engineers, and journalists are all brought into the conversation one at time to fill in the picture of how music is made, appreciated, and transformed.

You can stream the episodes below, or to download them please visit our LibSyn page.


N.B. Our host, Martin Gilmore, is on an adventure in Egypt. More podcasts to come when he returns stateside!

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Episode List

  • Episode 12, June 25, 2014 – Jayme Stone

    Jayme Stone is not just a banjo player. He is a master musician with a diverse vision of what the banjo is and what it can be. He is working on a new project featuring material from the song collector and folklorist Alan Lomax. Please support his project at <a href=””></a>

  • Episode 11, June 18, 2014 – Young Songwriter Competition Finalists

    Swallow Hill Music’s Young Songwriter’s Competition has brought some really great writers into the spotlight of the Denver music scene. This year the three finalists included the band Red Federation, Jobi Riccio and Thomas Martin. Martin sits down this week with all three groups and talks to them about songwriting.

  • Episode 10, May 28, 2014 – Andres Cladera

    Andres Cladera is the new director of the school at Swallow Hill Music. Andres is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay but came to the United States to pursue his education in music. He is a classically trained pianist and singer. He started the “Microscopic Opera” with Erica Olden in 2010.

  • Episode 9, May 16, 2014 – Heather Browne

    Heather Browne’s music blog “I Am Fuel, You Are Friends” is full of discovery. She is an explorer finding sources of creativity and telling all of us about them. Since moving to Colorado from the San Francisco bay area she has discovered, uncovered, bolstered and cultivated the Colorado music scene. Check out her blog at Enjoy!

  • Episode 8, April 30, 2014 – KC Groves

  • Episode 7, April 16, 2014 – Tim O’Brien

  • Episode 6, April 2, 2014 – Kyle James Hauser

  • Episode 5, March 19, 2014 – Ernie Martinez

  • Episode 4, March 5, 2014 – Bevan Frost

  • Episode 3, Feb 19, 2014 – Clay Kirkland

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