Fall River, MA
Folk / Singer/Songwriter / Folk
Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Saturday, February 9th, 8 PM
being great songwriters, Michael Troy and Martin Swinger share something else.
Each has been a winner of the Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Competition, a prestigious
songwriting event held for the past 20 years at the Mansfield music venue. And
the two will return to share the Rose Garden Coffeehouse stage on Saturday, Feb.
In 2002, Michael shyly entered the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Songwriting
competition and won first place over 60 other entries. The cash prize and publicity
bump from this helped move him towards the high level of admiration and respect
he now enjoys. His rough-hewn voice matches the songs he sings and writes... stories
of mills shutting down, a childhood friend who met an early demise, and the hurt
and hope of life's experiences. That talent was recognized in 2010 when he won
the highly-regarded Kerrville (Tx) Folk Festival New Song Competition.
Swinger comes from a much different background. Down in Georgia, he was singing
solos in public in first grade and writing songs by his teens. He formed his first
band in high school and wrote the music for some college theatrical productions.
In more recent years, Martin moved to Maine, produced an original cable television
concert series "Alive! from Johnson Hall," and has been featured in Maine
governor Angus King's "Arts in the Capitol" series. He won the Rose Garden's
Performing Songwriter Competition in 2012.
is a concert not to be missed!
"Michael is a rare observer who can condense a story into a few simple verses.
He is a rare writer who creates poetry that sounds like speech. It seems to be
just the way people talk, only better. Michael is a rare composer who writes melodies
that sound like the people whose stories they carry." Dave Palmater,
WUMB Boston, Mill Town Boy - Liner Notes