There might not be a singer/songwriter who so eloquently captures the spirit of the Adirondacks as Pamme Swan. The Earlville, N.Y.-based musician is a regular in the Adirondacks region, and draws much of the inspiration for her music from the rustic sites of the mountainside. She then immortalizes them in song, and the Adirondacks influence is prevalent on each of her CDs. “The greatest gift my father ever gave me was the many camping trips we went on as a family since the year I was born in the Adirondacks,“ Swan said. “I’ve camped all over the park now.” Swan said in addition to the favorite pastimes of camping, kayaking and hiking, she is really attracted by the rich history of the Adirondack State Park. She boasts a huge collection of all kinds of paraphernalia written about the people and places of the Adirondacks, as well as the people from across the world who are likewise attracted to the park. Last summer, Swan was asked to play her song “Ode To Anne” at the memorial for Anne La Bastille — known for her Woods Woman Book series — on Twitchel Lake. “Adirondack Life” magazine even posted a link to her website in one of their issues. “Boom Town“ tells of the saga of Chester Guillette and Grace Brown on Big Moose. “Damselfly” was written on Campsite 27 on Stillwater. “Woodchuck And Crow“ and “Eleanor” from her just-released A Year of Firsts were written there as well. Her previous disc Songs from the Mountains East and West is totally Adirondacks influenced, she said. Swan is a familiar face on the stages of the region; she’s played at the Inn at Speculator as well as the Stillwater Inn and the Clearwater Boat on the Fulton Lake Chain. She’s looking forward to meeting music fans on her next visit to the Adirondacks, playing her folk music for family oriented and listening crowds at area dinner houses, decks, and early evening events. For more on Swan’s Adirondacks soundtrack music, also including 1999′s Tango Tree, 2002′sPamarama and Sprinkles, 2004′s Once Stated and 2006′s Patchouli Room, check out her website at www.pammeswan.com” - Mike Jaquays

Speculator Living

Pamme Swan - Year of Firsts    Pamme Swan has been a mainstay on CNY stages for some time. Her music is beautiful and her voice, lilting. This none more clearer than on her latest CD offering, 'Year of Firsts.'   The album opens with a sweet instrumental, Damselfly, that leads to the title track, a stunning tune blending guitar and mandolin. Actually, the mandolin plays a driving force throughout this album, that is reminiscent of Lucinda Williams crossed with early Bonnie Raitt.   The humorous Truth of the Matter and the story song Woodchuck and Crow are standout tracks on an album filled with standout tracks. A personal favorite is Balm For Sorrow, a trancelike guitar following an old-timey lyric about a lost soul seeking happiness.   Year of Firsts' songs are interspersed with pleasant instrumentals that bring a refreshing experience to the ears. Pamme's guitar flows like a country river, slow, deliberate, and with purpose. Her lyrics elicit delightful images. Drop this disc into your CD player and let your troubles drift away.” - John Keller

Mohawk Valley Living

AROUND THE AREA — Pamme Swan says creating her new CD “Year of Firsts” was like breaking a barrier for her. “My songwriting process has slowed down quite a bit due to things beyond my control and other larger writing projects,” she said. “I've been a blogging addict of late. It’s been three years since my last CD, ‘Songs From Mountains East And West.’ Some of the songs on this CD were written and arranged in my head, but took a few years to be able to even sing them, much less record them.” The Earlville-based singer/songwriter/guitarist said the songs “Year Of Firsts” and “Spirit House” were written to help get over the loss of her father, while songs like “Finger's Crossed,” “Truth Of The Matter,” “Winter White Out,” and “Balm For Sorrow” were written and recorded in totally different times. “Each song has its own recording timeline. It's ‘take your time country recording’ … no ‘pump it out Nashville factory line,’” Swan explained. “Now, I give each song as long as it takes to record only because I'm never satisfied.” “Damselfly” was written on campsite 45 in Stillwater, inspired by the gift of a beautiful walnut lap dulcimer from Ed and Dot Holden. “Year of Firsts” was a heart breaker, Swan said - written one morning on the Banana River in Florida shortly after her father's death. She couldn’t go near it for quite a long time after that, she admitted. “Dr. Bronner” was inspired by Irene and brought Swan back together with some old music buddies … Ed Vollmer playing ukulele and David Williams on washboard at her old haunt, Club Ed. Swan said “Woodchuck And Crow” is more of a children's song and was inspired by the photo on the back cover of a CD sitting by her Mac with a fiction story just begging to be told. “Eleanor" is an instrumental inspired by her grandmother, historian Eleanor Swan, and “Spirit House" was inspired by some Spirit House research in Georgetown. The full-length CD features 13 songs, all performed with the rustic, mountainside flare that has become Swan’s signature. If a vacation to the Adirondacks is out of reach, a listen to “Year of Firsts” takes you away without leaving the comfort of your CD player. Swan said she drew inspiration from hiking or kayaking in the Adirondacks, Brookfield or the Nine Mile. Swan recalled at first her writing slump was going to lead to a CD partly comprised of originals and filled out by favorite cover songs, but Hurricane Irene changed her plan. “That went out the window when I lost power for six days because of Irene. It’s funny how a simple change - no electricity - can spark you,” she said. “Once I got the lanterns oiled up and found a notebook all these thoughts I had harbored came to life. It seems my best work comes after a bad bout of weather.” She recalled her earlier composition “Patchouli Room” was written after Hurricane Katrina, as well. “Year of Firsts” was recorded at her home studio, Rich Grant’s studio, Ed Vollmer's studio, a cabin and campsite 45 on Stillwater Reservoir. Swan thanked Steve Skollar for his mandolin and Rich Grant for his recording patience that got her through the recording process. She encourages fans to download the tunes rather than buying physical copies. “To be environmentally friendly I'm hoping people will buy and download this CD on my home page of my website where there is a link to buy the songs through iTunes,” she said. CDs will be available at her gigs, including regular appearances at the Georgetown Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. the third Friday of each month. Swan said she is now going to hole up in the Sherburne Public Library to research the Sherburne Pictorial and Rose Wellman books for some more historical folk songs. “I'm a history addict,” she said. “I feel I owe this back since if it weren't for my grandmother Eleanor and her writings, I would never have known that my descendants actually walked the same streets as I did in my own home town. There are some sweet story songs yet to be told.” For more on Swan’s music, find her on Facebook or log on to www.pammeswan.com” - MIke Jaquays

Mid York Weekly

Enjoy the Adirondacks in the privacy of your own home Anyone who journeys to the Adirondack region will understand the fascination Earlville-based singer/songwriter Pamme Swan has with the area. Maybe it's the rustic ambiance of being to close to the wild, maybe it's the laid back, relaxed feel of an evening in a log cabin sitting by a fire place, or maybe it's just the freedom of being removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whatever moves you the most about the Adirondacks, you'll find the feeling on her brand new CD "Songs From Mountains East And West," a collection of 12 self-penned odes to time spent there. After three years of performing at the Big Moose Inn in Eagle Bay, Swan has kept with her ambition of making the location the "folk capitol of the Adirondacks," and the venue itself has inspired her to set pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard depending on how high tech her songwriting has become in these modern days - for her song "Boom Town" on the CD. Noting the abundance of aging newspaper articles from 1906 and 1907 on the walls of the inn, Swan was intrigued by some of the history of the area and set out to learn more about the people that were there before herself. She learned the story of Chester Gillette and Grace Brown, and her death while they were out on a skiff. Gillette was found guilty of murder and got the electric chair, and this past March 30 was the 100th anniversary of his execution. This story is immortalized in Swan's song "Boom Town," offering an entertaining history lesson set to a Swan trademark upbeat and rhythmic folk tune. Hankey's Thug" also celebrates her time at the Big Moose Inn and the support she has received from owner Bob Hankey. Swan sings of an incident early one morning when she was awakened by a crash and, since there are a vast number of forest denizens roaming freely in the area, she didn't know what breed this imposing"Adirondack thug" might be. She called Hankey to investigate. Hero Hankey comes to the rescue, locates the intruder - an Adirondack squirrel - and then, oddley, he sprays black paint on the squirrel's belly. Swan wonders why, and he says he's taking the squirrel far away, and wants to know if the critter finds his way back. The rest of the disk is similar in personal storytelling, reflecting the experiences of Swan's trips. With slow ballads alongside upbeat tempo foot tappers, "Songs From Mountains East And West" is another in a long line of enjoyable and accessible-to-all Swan discs, joining 1999's "Tango Tree," 2002's " Pamarama," and "Sprinkles," 2004's "Once Sated," and 2006's "Patchouli Room" in her discography. For information on the disc or any other Swan news, check out her website at www.pammeswan.com” - Mike Jaquays

— Mid York Weekly

Pamme Swan of Earlville, who has been the weekly Tuesday evening performer at Big Moose Inn for the summers of 2007 and 2008, released a new CD, Songs From Mountains East And West, that she wrote music and lyrics for inspired by her recent times at Big Moose Lake and her interest in the local history. The 12 songs she wrote include ones about Chester Gillette, Grace Brown, Noah John Rondeau, Anne LaBastille and the Loomis Gang all in her rich folk/family-listening style that underscore her talents as a storyteller. This is her 6th CD, and she sings and plays guitar accompanied by two mandolins. Her family has been campers for generations in Raquette Lake and Old Forge where her parents, Audrey and Gary Swan of Sherburne once lived. Copies may be available at Old Forge Hardware, Adirondack Reader, Hoss's Country Store and the Adirondack Museum or at www.pammeswan.com.” - Ken Sprague

The Adirondack Express

Here's my Post-Standard review of Pamme Swan's "Songs from Mountains East and West." Pamme Swan wrote and recorded this collection of 12 original songs at the Big Moose Inn in Eagle Bay. Born and raised in the Adirondacks, they grow into a passionate display of mountain music. Some of the pieces kick hard. Opening cut "Rim of the World" utilizes the happy strings of a big, picking party. Some of the pieces take it slow and soft. "Ode to Anne" starts with the lovely rush of Adirondack waters, recorded by Swan with a hand-held digital recorder from her canoe. "I've got a backpack and a Coleman and a red Swiss Army knife," Swan sings in her ode to an Adirondack guide, "a woman who reminds me of me." Catch a show: Swan plays with several other Central New York artists at a show to benefit Hamilton Central Schools' Friends of Music at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Colgate Inn.” - Mark Bialczak

Syracuse Post Standard

Swan's song "Up The River Cold" takes listeners on a pleasant journey backin time. Being a person who really digs history, I find it amazing when a figure from the past such as Noah John Rondeau calls out to us here in the present. Swan has brought the hermit back to life for her listeners along with a spectacular video montage of old photos, an excellent evocation of the mountains in their rustic heyday". Russ Tarby ~ Entertainment Columnist Syracuse City Eagle” - Russ Tarby

— Syracuse City Eagle

'Up the River Cold' a pretty sample of Swan's new CD; she plays March 7 in Eagle Bay Posted by Mark Bialczak February 27, 2008 8:23AM Hamilton singer-songwriter Pamme Swan just sent along the news that she's posted a clip of a new song, "Up the River Cold," on her web site. I listened. I liked. Sweet song. No surprise here. I've appreciated Swan's work since I heard her debut "Tango Tree" in 2000. The new CD will be out this year some time. I'm in no hurry," Swan writes of the collection that will be titled "Songs from Mountains East and West." Swan hosts a First Friday Folk Night at 8 p.m. March 7 at the Big Moose Inn in Eagle Bay. On the bill will be Rory O'Bannion of Camillus, the Rusty Doves of Utica and Same Blood Folk of Hamilton. I've been so fortunate to land a regular gig at the Big Moose," Swan writes. "It's nice to have a home spot and let the people come to you for a change. I've met people from all over the world up in them mountains” - Mark Bialczak

Syracuse Post Standard

Big Moose Inn Goes Folk Earlville-based folk singer/songwriter/musician Pamme Swan has hit the road with a new aspiration. I've been playing a lot up in the Adirondack Mountains and landed a regular gig at the historic Big Moose Inn in Eagle Bay. My goal is to make the Big Moose folk capitol of the Adirondack Mountains." she said. Playing a weekly gig every Thursday night in season, Swan has also recently started hosting the First Friday Folk Night once a month - on the first Friday naturally - where she welcomes her folk music compadres and other creative types to join her and reach out to the new audiences. The idea came from the movie "Prairie Home Companion," Swan explained. "I loved that movie and enjoy listening to it on the radio as well and thought it would be cool to do a folk night open mic for musicians and comedians and even poetry reading, kind of like a variety show. Her debut in January went well with Tommy Hoe of the Barncats performing plus three others who signed up the night of the event to share their talents. This month's line up included Same Blood Folk and Maren Van Tine, and the March roster with feature Rory O'Bannion from Liverpool and the Rusty Doves from Utica. Check their websites at myspace.com/rustydoves and myspace.com roryobannion for information on these acts. Swan's heartfelt, energetic and accessible music captures the hometown feel of the area, recalling favorite shops, pets and ice-cream parlors, while sometimes delving into more serious fare like surviving Hurricane Katrina. She has recorded five CD's 1999's "Tango Tree," 2002's Pamarama" and "Sprinkles," 2004's "once Sated," and 2006's "Patchouli Room." She is also well known for her original song "Our Sweet Hovels" she wrote in response to the opposed NYRI power lines threatening much of the upstate New York landscape. That song has become the theme song anthem for the group fighting the project, she said. Information for the Big Moose is linked from her website, www.pammeswan.com and Swan suggests planning ahead and booking a room to make a full evening of the event. Working with marketing manager Catherine Light, Swan said the initial success of the First Friday Night could mean a change in the name relatively quickly. It's going over really good and if it continues we hope to do it every other week then possibly every week," she said.” - Mike Jaquays

— Mid York Weekly

I gave "Give Her Back" the first GOOD listen while driving- big mistake - I had to pull over and recover from the streaming tears - Pamelot really has a way with squeezing every last drop of emotion outta her listeners...” - LE Mills

— Art Student-Tampa Florida

Far out, man! Swan CD puts new spin on '60s Pamme Swan SEE HER LIVE * Who: Pamme Swan * When: 6-9 p.m. today * Where: ART Mission, 61 Prospect Ave., Binghamton (as part of First Friday) * More information: www.pammeswan.com By Chris Kocher Press & Sun-Bulletin As baby boomers swiftly approach their retirement years, nostalgia for the 1960s is once again running as thick as incense at a head shop -- and Hamilton musician Pamme Swan taps into that Age of Aquarius vibe on her new CD, "Patchouli Room." The album's 13 songs invoke the jangly Left Coast folk-rock of the era (think The Byrds and like-minded hipsters) while giving the sound a new-millennium twist. Album opener "Peace Out Gurl Scout" rocks out as it confronts the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans: "Every day another tribulation / heartache and pain and misery / Pray for their souls and their salvation / drowning in the water of Pontchatrain." Protest songs were, of course, also part of the '60s scene, and Swan's CD has two, one political and one personal. "Our Sweet Hovels" is a plea against the New York Regional Interconnect plan to run a power line through upstate villages, while the finger-snapping "Harry Boyt" is a stinging rebuke of a DJ who refuses to play Swan's music on the radio. (My guess: If the guy's real, he probably loves the attention.) Hard Road" finds Swan looking at her son, a second-generation hippie, and wondering what's ahead for a kid who doesn't want to follow society's rules: "He's a bucking bronco in a giant inkwell / A sleeping cat under a lazy spell / He's walking down a very hard road." And speaking of head shops, "Crimson Strawberry" tells of a real one where, back in the day, you could buy "water pipes" and all sorts of paraphernalia, as long as you didn't tell the cops (or Mom) what it was really for. If that place were still around, I bet they'd be playing "Patchouli Room" as you picked out your tie-dye shirt and Grateful Dead poster. Groovy.” - Chris Kocher

Press & Sun Bulletin

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