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NEW SWIFTWATER MEMBERS - December 14, 2011

SWIFTWATER is making some changes! Joan and Amy have decided to leave Swiftwater so that Amy can pursue her dream of focusing on folk music and writing. Joan is spending lots of time at her North Carolina cottage and helping Amy when she's around home! We will miss them terribly, but God has already sent a wonderful musician to help fill in the gaps left by Joan and Amy. Sharyln Marie's sister, Mary Catherine Smith Jacobs, has joined us with her awesome vocal and fiddle talents. We are so excited and can't wait to share our combined sound. Mary Catherine and Sharlyln Marie are truly professionals who have played since they were youngsters all over the south when they were known as the Rivertown Girls. We welcome Mary Catherine to SWIFTWATER! Good luck and best wishes to Amy and Joan...we still expect them over for grill outs and coffee! 

Tennesse - May 6, 2011

We had a great time performing at the Cumberland River Jamboree in Salina, Tennessee! We're looking forward to the Under The Oaks Festival coming up this month. Hope to see you there!!

Lots of stuff coming up! - October 11, 2010

As you can see from our schedule, there are lots of dates coming up. Make plans to be with us at one or ALL of them. We look forward to seeing you where ever we play.

Thank you! - August 31, 2010

Swiftwater has had a busy August! How wonderful it was to see our friends from so many different places! Thank you all for coming to hear Swiftwater. We appreciate and love you all!

Hope to See You Soon! - July 15, 2010

Swiftwater has taken the month of July off for various summer activities, but we're up and running for a busy month in August. Check out our calendar and make plans to join us! We'd love to see you!

Mount Beaser Church in Sopchoppy, FL - May 27, 2010

What a wonderful time Swiftwater had at Mount Beaser Church in Sopchoppy! This church has such a sweet spirit. Wretha's mom said those people there were sooo nice! What a pleasure to meet wonderful people such as these. We're looking forward to seeing these folks again soon!

Sopchoppy Opry! - March 25, 2010

We can't wait to join friends at the Sopchoppy Opry. There's always a full house, and the audiences are wonderful. Come join us on Saturday, March 27, as Swiftwater performs at the SOPCHOPPY OPRY!

Mardi Gras Fun - March 12, 2010

Come join us this weekend for a fun night of Mardi Gras sponsored by Eastern Star. All proceeds will benefit Hospice. See our calendar for more details. Hope to see you there!

New Swiftwater CD in the air! - February 23, 2010

Swiftwater is in the process of choosing the "perfect" songs for a much requested all gospel CD. Help us pray that God will give us the right songs for this special project. Thank you to all our fans out there. We appreciate your support so much. We love you!

New Bass Player - February 10, 2010

Amy has a new job in the band! Not only does she have to belt out those haunting vocals, but she also has to keep time on that big 'ol bass! She's doing a wonderful job since Ruth Hagy, our previous bass player, decided to move on to other places in her life. We wish you luck, Ruthy! Meanwhile, Amy has astounded us all with her ability to jump right in on the bass like an old pro....and just watch her face while she's thumpin' those notes...she's having the time of her life!!

Swiftwater and Sharlyn Marie Smith - February 2, 2010

Sharlyn Marie Smith has played mandolin for Swiftwater for a whole year now! Swiftwater looks forward to many more years as Sharyln and her mandolin cause eyes to turn. Before joining Swiftwater, Sharlyn played mandolin with The Rivertown Girls. We are blessed to have her be a part of Swiftwater!

MAD Fest - November 9, 2008

What a beautiful weekend for a festival!! The daytime weather was sunny and cool and the campfires kept our picking fingers warm by night. It was the perfect start for the first annual Music and Dance Festival in White Springs. Swiftwater entertained Saturday afternoon on the Amphitheater stage at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. We had such a great time singing and visiting with some of the best folks in the state. The volunteers, fellow musicians, and fabulous folks in the audience made for a memorable experience -- especially the gentleman in the audience who shouted "Turn it UP!" to the sound man. (Thank you!!)
Can't wait to do it all again next fall!

Under the Oaks Festival - June 23, 2008

What a great festival the Shriners put on this Saturday at the Under the Oaks park in Parker. The sound was wonderful, the audience was great, and the weather was almost perfect (incredibly hot, but it is June after all). WMBB did a short report on it Saturday night where you can hear a snippet of Al singing "Modern Day Marriage" in the background and catch a brief shot of Swifwater on stage. (Click Here to see it) We are really looking forward to attending the festival next year. If they did such a great job on their first one, I can't wait to see what they have in store for 2009.

Interested in hosting a House Concert? - June 7, 2008

Ever thought about having a concert in your home? The online group, Concerts in Your Home provides some great information -- and free resources -- for folks who are interested in bringing their favorite music into their homes, including the following video on YouTube.

If you'd like to have Swiftwater come entertain in your living room (or back yard), just drop us an email and we'll set up a concert date just for you.

Folklife Days in the news - April 7, 2008

WMBB's Greg Sherrod visited the Pioneer Settlement on Friday. His report can be seen here. It includes a clip of Joan, Jesse, Ruth, and Amy jammin' on the porch of the Chason Cabin. You can't hear it, but we were doing a pretty decent rendition of Salty Dog, if I do say so myself.

Spring is here! - April 6, 2008

Everything is alive with color here in Calhoun County. Azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds, clover, wild roses, and an explosion of green in every hue wake up the senses. All this activity in nature has everyone buzzing around like the bees. There is something going on everywhere!

This week Swiftwater played for the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement's Folklife Days. Though we were rained out on Saturday, we had a fabulous time playing music and sharing stories of Florida history with all the folks that would listen.

We spent Sunday morning with the wonderful folks at the First Baptist Church of Blountstown during their 8:30 service. They were so warm and welcoming! It was a pleasure to worship with them in their beautiful sanctuary and share the love of God with each other with our music.

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17

It's Here! - January 31, 2008

That's right, "Patchwork Memories" is now available for purchase. Visit CDBaby to get your own copy. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!

The Music Barn - January 12, 2008

What a wonderful night of food, music, and fellowship last night. Thank you Fred & Lois for inviting us to play for y'all. We had a wonderful time! The evening began with the beautiful family harmonies of The Cobb Family. Next, we enjoyed a delicious pot-luck dinner (the coconut cake was particularly delicious). After supper, we took the stage and had a fabulous hour of picking, singing, and chatting with the crowd.
We'll be back at the barn on February 8. Hope to see y'all there!

New Songs - December 5, 2007

With the busy holiday season, our new album is taking a bit longer than expected. Kirk (being the great guy he is!) has sent us two mp3s ("A Child Knows" and "If I Needed You") so you all can get a taste of what is to come. I updated the Music page this evening and the two new tunes are there for your listening pleasure. Hope y'all enjoy them.
~ Amy

Florida Folk Festival 2007 - November 12, 2007

We’re back home from a fabulous week in White Springs. What a beautiful festival! The weather could not have been more beautiful (though it was a bit too cold for comfort in the evenings). The cozy atmosphere at the Seminole Family Camp stage, the huge crowd at the Azalea Stage, and the fabulous interactive audience at Under the Oaks made our performances memories to cherish. There is nothing we love more than to see people enjoying our music as much as we enjoy making it. I guess that’s what makes the Florida Folk Festival my favorite venue of the year - all the wonderful people.
So, thank you Mike, Linda, David, Judy, Tim, Thomas, Kaitlyn, Mimi, Darren, Jean, Avery, Ellery, and Betty Jo for being some of the nicest folks with whom we’ve ever shared a camp. Hope to share the site with y’all again in May! Thank you Rod, Mary, “Banjo Man” (whoever you are and wherever you may be), Kelly (“Ice Chest Man!”), Vigo and all the others who shared our fire and warmed our hearts with your music, stories, humor, and companionship. Thank you Charlie, Dave, & Mike for keeping that fire alive! Thank you Judy (I love you, Mom) for taking such wonderful care of Anna Belle, and Dave (I love you too, Dad), the food was absolutely delicious. Thank you Anita, John and the Banker boys for being such wonderful friends, and thank you Carolyn, “Mr. Dunn,” and “Uncle” Brian for singing along and keeping things lively both at Under the Oaks and Joan’s harmonica workshop (not to mention stopping by for some ‘after hours’ singing at the campsite).
I know I’ve probably forgotten someone to thank. There are so many who passed by without a name, whose smile or conversation at a picnic table under the oak trees left a pleasant stamp on our memories with no label to accompany the face. Thank you all for making this our favorite place to perform. Y’all put the “Folk” in our Florida festival.

In the Studio - October 9, 2007

We finished our last recording session on Thursday, so "Patchwork Memories" has moved into the mixing stage and should be ready within the month. We hope to have it complete by the Florida Festival. Special thanks to Kirk Thompson at MasterMix Recording in Marianna, Florida. You're the BEST, Kirk!!
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