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“Lover please do not fall to your knees, it’s not like I believe in everlasting love.”

It’s a bit baffling to consider that Laura Marling delivered these knowing lines on her debut single “Ghosts” with the poise of a Joni Mitchell or Ray Davies, while still a teen.

“Ghosts” offered a taste of what was to come. The poet of West London’s nu-folk movement of the late 00s and early teens, Laura shared stages and the spotlight with the likes of Mumford & Sons and Noah And The Whale.

An original creative voice above all else, Laura took steps to ensure she was not lumped in with a scene or a commercialized moment. “…I wanted to branch out,” she told The Guardian in 2017. “I felt my music was going to become like everyone else’s music, and I wanted to keep it special to me.” So she challenged herself and listeners to keep evolving.

Audiences and critics continue to take note. Though only 30, Laura’s already garnered a trove of accolades including a BRIT Award, a Grammy nomination, and multiple Mercury Prize award nominations.

The formal recognition only hints at the strength of her live performance, the restlessness of her creativity, and the depth of her song book. As Laura finishes her next eagerly anticipated album, she is also hitting the road. Swallow Hill Music is excited to present Laura Marling at the First Baptist Church in Denver on Tuesday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for this concert and more are on sale now. Complete details can be found below. Thank you for supporting live music in Denver with Swallow Hill!

Laura Marling

Laura Marling

Laura Marling at the First Baptist Church
Tuesday, April 21 at 8pm; $28 advance, $30 day of show
Barely out of her twenties and yet currently working diligently on what will become her seventh studio album later this year, Laura Marling has that rare charm of being instantly recognizable by her voice and phrasing, and yet none of her records sound alike. Imbued with the rich story-telling qualities that has come to define many of the greats of their generation, Laura’s music is not defined by one genre alone. Each of her six albums—all melody and poetry, reveal a new phase of this lauded musician’s story.

Rocky Mountain Gypsy Jazz Festival in Quinlan Cafe
Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18; $25 adv/$30 day of, $40 2-day pass

The time has come to celebrate the legacy of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, and the timeless music that has inspired generations. There is a burgeoning Gypsy jazz scene in Colorado, and we will all gather April 17th and 18th for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Gypsy Jazz Festival. A weekend of live music, workshops, and community jams all held at Swallow Hill Music in Denver. Six bands from across the front range will perform over 2 evenings at Swallow Hill’s Quinlan Cafe. Get your advanced tickets now at a discounted price, and join us for the festivities. Workshops will be available for those interested in learning the nuanced style, and community jams will be held for anyone looking to participate in the tradition.

Live music on the 17th will be performed by David Williams and Trickster Carousel, Deja Swing, and joining us from Colorado Springs, Mood Swing. The 18th will showcase Espresso!, The Isabell Quartet, and The Aaron Walker Quartet. Information on the workshops will be released in the coming weeks. Get your tickets now, as seating will be limited in Swallow Hill Music’s most intimate venue.

The Nadas Duo in Daniels Hall
Friday, May 1 at 8pm; $20 advance, $22 day of show
Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth of Iowa legend folk-rock band The Nadas take the stage as a two-person act to showcase the dynamic range, which has fueled for their larger ensemble for 25 years. Even unplugged, the duo’s voices resound, and their harmonies fit together like puzzle pieces. Complementing their stripped-down arrangements are the goofy stage antics and expert crowd-work refined with years of playing in a larger, rockin’ outfit.

Pierre Bensusan in Quinlan Cafe
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm; $21 advance, $23 day of show
Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today,” Pierre Bensusan’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Pierre is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique.

John Fullbright in Daniels Hall
Saturday, May 16 at 8pm; $24 advance, $26 day of show
John Fullbright got his start at the legendary Blue Door listening room in Oklahoma City. It was there that he recorded a live album and found his base, opening for many other writers including fellow Oklahomans Kevin Welch and Jimmy Webb. His 2012 studio debut, From the Ground Up, received a Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year, and later that year he won ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Award for lyric writing. In 2014, John released the critically acclaimed Songs, toured all over America and the UK, and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. For this concert, John will be backed by a full band.

Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Amy Speace in Tuft Theatre
Saturday, May 16 at 8pm; $18 advance, $20 day of show
A modern folksinger whose music nods to the genre’s 1970s glory days, Amy Speace has spent two decades chronicling the high marks, heartbreaks, and hard roads of a life logged on the road. She’s been a tireless traveler, chasing the dream from the coffeehouses of New York City to larger stages across the globe. Along the way, she’s built an international audience without the help of a major label, relying instead upon a touring schedule whose milestones include the Glastonbury Festival, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and a yearly average of 150 shows.