Thu, Apr 2 @  8pm

With founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh at the helm for nearly 30 years, Altan has existed as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage. Altan have toured all over the USA and Europe.

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Loudon Wainwright III

w/ Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer

Fri, Apr 3 @  8pm

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two previous Grammy nominations for I'm Alright, 1985 and More Love Songs, 1986.

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Deborah Solo

w/ Brian Nelson and Kari Clifton

Sat, Apr 4 @  8pm

Deborah Solo creates folk-inspired, original music that is accessible and personal. In the second set, she will be joined by percussionist, Brian Nelson, and cellist, Kari Clifton, in their debut performance together.

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Young Songwriters Competition

feat. a performance by Lillie Lemon

Sat, Apr 4 @  7pm

Swallow Hill Music is proud to support the young, aspiring artists in our community. We are pleased to present the next generation of music-makers in our annual Young Songwriters Competition.

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Old-Fashioned Hootenanny

Fri, Apr 3 @  7pm

An old-fashioned hootenanny is the best possible place to learn new songs and new licks, and to hear old songs performed in entirely new ways.

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Music School



Explore the Donegal Fiddle and Song Tradition with Members of Altan

w/ Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Daithi Sproule

Thu, Apr 2 @  4pm

Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Daithi Sproule have spent their entire lives immersed in the ancient culture of Ireland, in both music and language. Mairead, founder of Altan is from a native Irish speaking Donegal family and has spent the last number of decades touring the world promoting Donegal music and Traditions.

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Bluegrass Banjo Technique ‘Boot Camp’

w/ Jeff Scroggins

Sat, Apr 4 @  1pm

Explore ways to improve both right and left hand technique and your knowledge of the fingerboard. We will also discuss tips and ideas for getting past the first five frets and beginning to arrange and play songs up the neck, and exercises for building technique.

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Breathing For Singers

w/ Molly Zackary

Sat, Apr 4 @  1pm

Solid breath support is critical to singing any style. Get to know the physiology of breathing and the technique used specifically for singing. Harness your breath power to create crescendos, decrescendos, long line, vibrato and tone quality.

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Learning Quicker

w/ Star Edwards

Sat, Apr 4 @  12pm

Step up the process and remove learning blocks! Get more out of your practice time: tips on memorizing, playing better, Brain Gym, focusing, fingering. Learn quicker - and increase confidence!

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Performance Session

w/ Justin Francoeur

Sat, Apr 4 @  2pm

Free and open to all! Bring songs you’ve been working on and perform them in a group setting!

Free and open to all!

Time Signatures – Lowry

w/ Casey Hrdlicka

Sat, Apr 4 @  9:30am

Learn the feel of various time signatures and how to play and hear them.

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Upside Down Guitar Playing – Lowry

w/ Casey Hrdlicka

Sat, Apr 4 @  2pm

This workshop discusses the art of a lefty playing a right-handed guitar. This is important for left handed guitarists to know as there are not always left handed guitars around.

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Summer Stage Concert Series at Arvada Center

Tickets to all shows are now on sale!

Check out the complete lineup now!

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Colorado Luthier Exhibition

Sun, Apr 26 @  4-8pm

This is a special event being held prior to the Sean Watkins concert showcasing 10 Colorado Luthiers and their instruments. CLC promotes Luthier education, networking, and a forum to showcase the quality and beauty of a Colorado handmade stringed instruments.


Front Row Podcast

feat. Lauren Stovall

Lauren Stovall is the lead singer and guitar player for the Colorado bluegrass band The Railsplitters. Lauren and Martin talk about songwriting, recording and much more.

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Swallow Hill Music is looking for two (2) enthusiastic, responsible, self-sufficient individuals to be our Promotion and Production Interns for the 2015 Summer Concert Season. You will be involved in the planning, marketing, and execution of Swallow Hill Music events.

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Swallow Hill Music Welcomes Our New CEO!

After six months, Swallow Hill Music's search for a new CEO has ended. We couldn't be more excited to announce that Paul Lhevine has been chosen to lead the organization into the next chapter of our history. Paul brings a wealth of experience and a strong enthusiasm for continuing the growth and honoring the tradition of Swallow Hill Music.

About Swallow Hill Music

Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music is a nonprofit community for musicians and music lovers who appreciate the ability of music to bring people together. As a home for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music, Swallow Hill Music enhances Colorado’s cultural vitality and is a model for experiential music schools and performance spaces across the country. The organization serves more than 135,000 people through its school, outreach programming and concerts annually. Swallow Hill Music also presents and produces concerts at a wide range of venues across Denver.

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