Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramon

A tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen

Tower of Song is an evening of rare and classic selections from the Cohen canon.

Booksmyth Songwriters Circle presents Tower of Song a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen this Saturday, October 26.

The collaborative effort of two celebrated BC singers and songwriters — Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramon — will be showcased in Tower of Song an evening of rare and classic selections from the Cohen canon.  Garrmone and Swain have arranged Cohen’s timeless songs and crafted vocal arrangements that will satiate and astonish the die-hard Cohen fan in everyone.

Produced by Garramone, Tower of Song gives Swain and Garramone the chance to explore Cohen’s rich material, while delving into their own musical and creative chemistry.   Employing their voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar, Swain and Garramone performances have been described as “breathless and joyful” and “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating.”

Garramone’s music is a reflection of the geography and spirit of the places she has lived. She harmonizes experimental with classical, the unexpected with organic.  Swain, a naturalist musician, resides in Victoria where frequent solo journeys into rugged BC wilderness fuel his original takes on song writing, traditional playing, and singing styles. Tower of Song continues to expand their geographical range to put “more power in the tower!”

This is the second of Booksmyth Underground’s Songwriters Circle series, hosted by Richard White, with more to come in early November. As always, the event includes an open mic for five local songwriters to perform (arrive early to sign up).

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts beg at 8 p.m., admission is $12 to $20, sliding scale. Booksmyth Underground at 338 Baker Street.

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