“Buying and selling violins has become a big part of my life, but I’m primarily a composer and musician. I’ve made a number of albums of my own music under the name Mouth Music, I’ve produced albums for Martyn Bennett, Martin Furey, Nuru Kane and Croatian thrash/indie/folk group Kries.
I’ve written and recorded reams of music for adverts, including the ‘80’s Bond-style Drambuie advert, and TV programmes, most recently the BBC series The Edwardians in Colour. You can find out more about me on Wikipedia.
“My main instrument is the violin. I play with surreal Croatian turbo-folk outfit Zykopops, which Andrew Cronshaw recently reviewed for the magazine fRoots: “What Zykopops do is re-energised versions of popular traditional songs from across the former Yugoslavia, performed with mighty appealing gusto pleasingly unfettered by the restrictions of good musical taste.” Check out the fRoots review and also one by Dave Haslam, writing for Rock’n’Reel “one of the most original albums of the year”. To download tracks from our first album go to iTunes or cdbaby – which calls it “rakija music for global partygoers”.
“In a different genre entirely, I am currently working on arrangements of Baroque tunes with Kirsten Bennett – there are rehearsal recordings on my YouTube channel.” Martin Swan
Martin Swan Violins YouTube channel
Zykopops’ YouTube channel
Martin playing with the Lidija Dokuzovic Trio
The Stobo Village Band playing at Ethnoambient
Martin playing with Kries in London
Kries at the 2008 Ethnoambient festival in Croatia
Music video: ‘Milking the Cow’ from the Mo-Di album
The London Whirl-y-Gig Club playlist – featuring Mouth Music
Animation to Mouth Music’s ‘Seinn O!’
Zykopops: Z Kao Zajkopops (Z is for Zykopops)
“Pleasingly unfettered by the restrictions of good musical
(2008) Kopito Records
This is great. Martin produced it, and played a bit too.
Nuru Kane: Sigil
(2006) World Music Network
Produced by Martin Swan.
Mouth Music: The Order of Things
A forgotten gem.
Martin Furey: Howl
Produced by Martin Swan.
Mouth Music: The Scrape
A bit embarrassing. Please don’t buy this one.
Mouth Music: Seafaring Man
(2001) Meta 4/Nettwerk
Raise a glass and then turn out the lights …
Martyn Bennett: Bothy Culture
Remixed/produced by Martin Swan.
(1997) Nation Records
All known copies were burnt/destroyed/lost in an epic
Ambisonic: Angel/Weatherman EP
Trip-hop dirges to play at friend’s funeral.
Mouth Music: Shorelife
(1995) Triple Earth
Strictly for beachcombers.
Mouth Music: Move On
An ‘EP’ – remember them?
Mouth Music: Mo-Di
(1993) Triple Earth/Rykodisc
Weird and wonderful.
Mouth Music: Blue Door Green Sea EP
Mouth Music: Mouth Music
(1990) Triple Earth/Rykodisc
The one that started it all. A classic.
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