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Stuart Knight Podcast Live

After returning from Canada and several great shows in my home country, including the Mundial Conference and an afternoon unique live performance (both music and interview) with Stuart Knight in Toronto, I am happily home in Beijing. But recently, a podcast I recorded with (the same) Stuart Knight this past summer, 2019, has now gone live on their site. It…   …read more.

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Final Thought: Nov Update 2019

*This piece was also published in the Nov 2019 issue of Beijing Kids Magazine* ~ “Mommy, why don’t you take videos of us?” This is my son, skateboard tucked up under one arm in our compound’s courtyard, a look of curious judgment on his nearly-six-year-old face. His helmet is askew. His knees and elbows are bulging with protector pads, wispy…   …read more.

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Final Thought: June/July Update 2019

This post is the continuation of my recent June & July 2019 Newsletter’s Final Thought:   FINAL THOUGHT (Con’t) Since I last wrote to you all, lots has happened. Personally, that is. In retrospect, maybe that’s part of my disappearance from your inboxes; it’s not that I didn’t want to share what I was up to, professionally, but sometimes the…   …read more.

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Stitches: Memoir Excerpt

This excerpt appeared in “Asia Literary Review: No.32 Winter 2016” as well as in the Anthology entitled “Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia” published in Hong Kong by After-Party Press in 2016: ***** STITCHES by Ember Swift   My mother-in-law, Wang Wei, has a key to our flat. She moved to Beijing when I was very pregnant with Echo,…   …read more.

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4th Euro Tour Complete!

My 4th European Tour has just come to an end and I’m writing this quick review from Prague just a day before we fly back to Beijing, China–our adopted home. I say “we” because I’ve been lucky enough to travel once again with the amazing Gabriel Beaudoin on guitar with whom to share stages and long walks in these many…   …read more.

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New Album Sneak Peek

This past fall, we started production on the new series of songs that will form my 13th release. By “we” I mean my team of musicians in Beijing with whom I am so grateful to have a working relationship. Also, I had some guest players for the first session, and I hope I have a chance to work with them…   …read more.

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Sneak Peek #1: Be My Home

  FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD DONATE TO THE ART-MAKING This was the first song that began the upcoming collection of tunes that will comprise my 13th album release. I was challenged to write a pop song, which (to me) means memorable melodies and singable choruses. Good pop music is hard to write–seriously! From there, I wrote a whole album’s worth of…   …read more.

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Folk Alliance International 2019 Montréal

From February 13th, the FAI annual folk music conference will take place in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been 14 years since I’ve taken part in this conference and I’m so happy to report that I will be in attendance AND performing at the event. These kinds of conferences are amazing networking events. This one in particular features about 3000 participants, most…   …read more.

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Euro Tour #3 Follow-up Snippets

I came back from my third Euro tour on December 2nd and got sucked into the cyclone of kids and freelance work and a steady bed and pillow. During my decade (plus) on the road between 1997-2008, this is what I craved: Consistency. A solid home. A routine. A family. But recently, after resuming some bi-annual touring, I admit that…   …read more.

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Euro Tour #3

I’m out on the road again in Europe for the third time. Last year (Nov 2017), I was in Europe for the first time in my life and now I feel like an expert (!)… well…. maybe not an expert, exactly, but at least I feel much more Euro savvy. Shows this time are in The Netherlands, Germany and one…   …read more.

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