Cranford Hollow among local bands taking part in Swampfire Showdown

eshaw@islanpacket.comNovember 20, 2013 

Cranford Hollow will take part in the fourth annual Swampfire Showdown on Nov. 21 at The Smokehouse on Hilton Head Island.

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  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Swampfire Showdown

    WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 22

    WHERE: The Smokehouse, 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island's local musicians will come together Nov. 22 for the fourth annual Swampfire Showdown. The concert, more of a hangout than a battle of the bands, will feature eight acts playing 30 minutes each at The Smokehouse on Hilton Head Island.

Cranford Hollow, Treble Jay, La Bodega, Frequently Asked Questions, The Storks, Martin Lesch, South Beach Orchestra and Spare Parts will each play a set.

"It's not necessarily a competition, but everybody shows up and gets 30 minutes to play their best material," Cranford Hollow's John Cranford said. "The hope is just to get everybody in a room and be able to play together and showcase original music."

In past years, the showdown included bands from Savannah as well as Hilton Head, but starting last year, the event was restricted to local musicians, Cranford said.

The showdown coincides with the release of the fourth Swampfire Sampler, a CD containing original tracks from more than 10 local musicians. This year's contributing artists are Martin Lesch, Whitley Deputy, Angie Aparo, Treble Jay, Cranford Hollow, Quick Trixie, Jevon Daly, The Common Wealth, McKenzie Eddy and La Bodega.

The Smokehouse also will be collecting canned food donations at the event.

"No competition or awards, just celebrations and release of the 12-song sampler," Cranford said.

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