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Jon Svetkey

My 30-Second Elevator Pitch

My 30Second Elevator Pitch

I spent the past 20 years as a full-time stay-at-home dad and part-time singer/songwriter/musician. However, way back in the 1990s, I 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, Peirce Pettis, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke and Carrie Newcomer. I was privileged to open for legendary songwriters like Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Livingston Taylor, 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 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've 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 regularly. 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. I've also sung, or played guitar, on albums by Ellis Paul, Don Conoscenti, and Jim Infantino to drop just a few names. And I've co-written many songs with folksinger Don White.

These days, in addition to The Loomers, I 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.

updated: 4 months ago