BIG MACHINE is a captivating musical endeavor that brings together the immense talents of Oliver Swain on bass, banjo, guitar and vocals, Ashley Wey on keyboards and vocals and Glenna Garramone on vocals, keyboards, and guitar. With their unique blend of folk, roots, and jazz influences, the band has carved a distinct path in the contemporary music scene, captivating audiences around the world. Past performance highlights include Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Festivals, Folk Alliance international & Tondor Festival(Denmark)
The brainchild of JUNO nominated, Western Canada Music Award winning musician and songwriter Oliver Swain, the BIG MACHINE project began as a way to explore new sonic territories and collaborate with like-minded artists. Oliver, a master of the upright bass, recognized the need to expand his musical horizons and sought out equally talented musicians to bring his vision to life. Enter Ashley Wey and Glenna Garramone, two exceptional musicians whose talents and passion resonated perfectly with Oliver's creative vision.
Ashley Wey, a virtuoso on keyboards, brings a wealth of musical knowledge and versatility to the BIG MACHINE lineup. Her mesmerizing playing style effortlessly weaves together intricate melodies, harmonies, and textures that add depth and richness to the band's sound. Additionally, Ashley's soulful and captivating vocals provide an ethereal quality to the band's performances, creating a truly immersive experience for listeners.
Glenna Garramone, a multi-talented musician with a magnetic stage presence, contributes her skills on vocals, keyboards, and guitar to the BIG MACHINE collective. Glenna's commanding voice and heartfelt songwriting bring a unique energy to the band, while her mastery of multiple instruments allows for seamless transitions and the exploration of a diverse musical landscape. Her ability to blend various genres, from folk to indie-rock to jazz, adds another layer of complexity and intrigue to the BIG MACHINE sound.
Together, Oliver Swain, Ashley Wey, and Glenna Garramone form a musical powerhouse that defies categorization. Their performances are a captivating fusion of rich harmonies, intricate arrangements, and thought-provoking lyrics. The band's collective chemistry and unwavering commitment to their craft result in music that is both deeply introspective and universally relatable.
Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE has garnered widespread critical acclaim for their boundary-pushing compositions and mesmerizing live shows. Their music resonates with audiences on a profound level, evoking emotions and provoking thought through their carefully crafted sonic landscapes. With each performance, they invite listeners to embark on a musical journey that is both introspective and expansive.
As Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE continues to evolve and push the boundaries of their artistry, their unique blend of talent, creativity, and passion ensures that their musical journey will captivate audiences for years to come. With Ashley Wey's evocative keyboards and enchanting vocals, Glenna Garramone's dynamic presence and versatility, and Oliver Swain's masterful songwriting and bass prowess, the band is poised to leave an indelible mark on the music world, one mesmerizing note at a time.
The Arts on View Society was incorporated in December 2016 for the purpose of preserving Hermann’s Jazz Club and continuing to enhance the public’s appreciation of jazz, blues and world music through all-ages live performance. As the longest continuous running jazz club in Canada, Hermann’s has been at the forefront of providing the opportunity for local and visiting musicians to showcase their talents and hone their skills for the past 40 years.
The Arts on View Society operates Hermann’s Jazz Club, Hermann’s Upstairs, and the View Street Social.