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Jon Svetkey

My 30-Second Elevator Pitch

My 30Second Elevator Pitch

I am now an empty-nester. I spent the past 20 years as a full-time stay-at-home dad and part-time musician, but way back in the 1990s, I was a singer-songwriter who headlined at dozens of folk clubs, colleges and coffeehouses throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Club Passim, The Bluebird Cafe, Eddie's Attic, Caffe Lena, Canal Street Tavern, Cafe Carpe, The Blue Moon Coffeehouse at Illinois Wesleyan, Skidmore College, WPI, Brandeis University and Indiana University is just a partial list.

I shared co-bills and "writers-in-the-round" nights with the likes of Kristian Bush, Ron Sexsmith, Shawn Mullins, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke and Carrie Newcomer. I was privileged to open for legendary songwriters like Loudon Wainwright III, Livingston Taylor, Richard Thompson, Danny O'Keefe, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Morrissey and David Mallett.

With Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino and Brian Doser, I founded End Construction Productions, the seminal Boston songwriter's collective that is widely regarded as the catalyst for the resurgence of the New England folk scene in the early 1990s. My first two solo albums, this is NOW and yeahyeahyeah, received tons of airplay on folk radio stations, as well as excellent reviews from critics and fans alike. My last solo album, Take A Breath, -- a live-in-one-take, career-up-to-that-moment retrospective of sorts -- was released in 2004.

In 1994, I formed THE LOOMERS. We released five albums -- Reeling Down A Road (2010), Tomorrow Today (2006), Shine (2004), Simple As That (1998), and Escalation (1997) -- and, despite leading full lives with jobs and children, still manage to gig. The Loomers' songs and music have appeared on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, PBS. My songs have appeared on The Dr. Demento Show and several nationally distributed compilation albums, And I've co-written many songs with folksinger Don White.

These days, in addition to playing those occasional gigs with The Loomers, I also sing and play with THE YELLOW ROOM -- with my wife, Heather Quay, and our friends Jeff Isen and Jason Redi -- and with JONNY KRINGLE & THE WONDALAND BAND, an annual holiday rock band that delivers money and toys to kids at Children's Hospital. But now that the nest is empty, I'm looking forward (backward?) to solo singer-songwriter gigs. Have guitar, have songs, will travel.

updated: 2 weeks ago