GARY SWINARD was born in Ashford Kent England in 1951. His music career spans more than 4 decades playing guitar, bass and keyboards. He has worked along side and in the company of many great icons that are still performing today This CD demonstrates his desire to mix some of his originals that include Smooth Jazz, Relaxation and New Age with some old classic tunes of yesterday
to play. AFTER FIVE In 2009 Gary set about recording two albums with his close friend & sax player, Joe Bolero. “After Five” is the first of these. Stuffed full of mature and relaxing music to get into, with a glass of your favourite liquid After Five
1963-1965 THE YOUNG ONES
1965-1969 THE COURIERS
1970-1973 CLEOPATRAS NEEDLE
1977-1977 THE GARY LEE JAMES BAND
1979-1981 THE NEW SOUNDS COUNTRY BAND
1982-1983 SOLO (VISITS TO TEXAS & GILLIES NIGHT CLUB)
1983-1984 THE GOOD, BAD & THE UGLY
1984-1987 THE GARY DEAN BAND
1987-2001 LIVE'N'KICKIN’ - Live ‘N’Kickin’ became, and is still, one of the premier bands in Southern England; it also became one of Disneyland Paris favorite show bands for special events in Disney’s Village.
In March of 2001 Gary moved to the USA, his first six months was spent getting used to the Florida life style before getting back into music.
2001-2002 He joined a well known local band JIMMIE DEE & NITEFLIGHT before setting up his own 7 piece show band in 2003-2008 THE PRAIRIE DAWGS now called THINK BIG LIVE Specialising in tributes. The band covers The Blues Brothers, Elvis, Garth Brooks, and the one tribute Gary loves to perform, Eric Clapton.
Apart from playing many of the major hotels in Orlando these shows have also taken the band to Nashville and Las Vegas
Day of the Hurricane is the second instrumental album created by Gary since he moved to the USA.
His first ‘After Five’ was recorded in 2010 and has been warmly received in the Smooth Jazz market.
Day Of The Hurricane was inspired by Gary experiencing several hurricanes during 2004 that passed over his home in Longwood near Orlando, Florida.
“Watching the path of ‘Hurricane Charlie’ on TV and then to see the formation of the extraordinary clouds followed by the tremendous wind force was very scary.”
The album starts with the musical piece ‘Earths Sunrise’ a powerful interpretation that has you visualizing a beautiful Red Sky washing into the blue atmosphere and covering the horizon. ‘A sight hard to describe ’. The album then flows with tracks ‘The Clouds’ ‘The Storm’ ‘Tranquillity’ ‘Rain Dance’ ‘El Nino’ ‘Earths Sunset’ ‘After Dark’ and ‘Night”.
Bonus track ‘Save the Whales’ was inspired by his passion on the extinction of the Hump Back Whale’.
This ‘Mellow Dramatic’ CD features Gary’s guitar skills, from powerful rock guitar licks to soft electric and acoustic melodies in a very noticeable style. “Like Eric Clapton” he says “all you need to hear is a couple of notes and you know it is Eric”. Gary hopes that listeners will feel the same way about his playing and will follow the musical story.
A promotional video featuring a snap shot of each track on the album has been recorded in a close association with Orlando Tech, Orlando’s premier film and digital audio college. Gary is extremely flattered by the college adopting his music for their students to learn the art of filmmaking and TV production. In addition to the promotional video the college took the film crew out on location to ‘Big Tree Park’ in Longwood and filmed Gary’s tune ‘Rain Dance’ which will be released as a music video in early 2012. Set in the rain forest, Gary invited members from Orlando Drum School (www.givingworldpercusion.com/) playing African made drums to add flavour to the film and track. This music video together with the promotional video is to be submitted to the 2012 music video music awards. Longwood City Council is also asking for footage as a promotional material for the city to attract more filmmakers to the area.
As for Gary’s musical journey, he was born in Ashford, Kent. England in 1951. His music career spans more than 4 decades playing guitar, bass and keyboards. He has worked alongside and in the company of many great icons that are still performing today. He is still performing with his US band Think Big Live’ that he formed 9 years ago.
This CD demonstrates Gary’s passion for making different types of music fusing rock with new age and easy listening genres. For more about Gary and his music go to http://www.garyswinard.com/