Since moving to Denver in 2010 I’ve seen countless live music performances at Swallow Hill itself at their main location at 71 E. Yale Ave. or at one of the many other venues around Denver where they also sponsor concerts. I’ve also had a chance to perform there many times at the Hootenanny (hosted by Harry Tuft on the first Friday of every month) and at the Open Stage (hosted by Ed McElvain on the fourth Thursday of every month). I’ve also participated in guitar classes, bluegrass ensembles, and songwriting workshops through them. Many of the best friends I’ve made in Denver have been people I’ve met through Swallow Hill. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Swallow Hill has had to postpone all its concerts and cancel all its classes and workshops until the threat of infection passes. This has caused extreme economic hardship for the music instructors and performers, and thrown Swallow Hill as an organization into financial strain as well. I would ask anyone visiting this website to consider either becoming a member of Swallow Hill or making a donation to Swallow Hill to help them get through these hard times.
Swallow Hill is a tremendous resource and a treasure that Denver is very fortunate to be able to enjoy. Our city has many, many talented musicians and a rich music culture which Swallow Hill nurtures, promotes, and enriches. It would be a tragedy if, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were not able to continue their essential work. Once again, I would ask anyone visiting this website to consider either becoming a member of Swallow Hill or making a donation to Swallow Hill to help them get through these hard times.
My friend has been going to and performing at the Hootenanny at Swallow Hill for more than fifteen years and records his performances and those of his friends. If you are interested he has a library of his old and more recent videos available in his public YouTube folder.