Ember Swift at Mendelssohn Nov. 6

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From Canada to Rockford—Toronto’s Ember Swift has come a long way in more ways than one. She is both an individual singer/songwriter and a dynamic trio.

She’ll be performing at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., to start the month’s schedule for Charlotte’s Web.

Alongside of her elastic jazz vocals and lush acoustic guitar are layers of electric violin, bass guitar, drums, percussion and vocal harmonies. Most notably, Lyndell Montgomery, with infectious charisma and musicianship akin to wizardry, has been performing with Ember Swift for more than seven years.

On drums and percussion, the tours rotate between two talented players: Adam Bowman and Cheryl Reid. Together, they combine folk, jazz, funk, punk, world (ranging from Middle Eastern to Spanish to Eastern European), pop, classical and reggae.

Swift grew up in both Burlington and Woodstock, lived in Ottawa for a time, and now resides in Toronto (all in Ontario). A self-taught guitarist/percussionist, “mother-taught” vocalist and trained pianist through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Ember has been writing songs since she was 9 and performing since age 10. She has always been an involved activist, and her early work combines her political opinions with her melodic inventions.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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