Interview with Martin Swain – For Coventry Evening Telegraph

One of Coventry’s best loved bands The Swains are to thank the fans who have kept them rocking for 20 years with a birthday show for charity.

The popular group will have spent two decades on the stage this year and to celebrate, are hosting a special event at the Standard Triumph Club on Friday, November 22.

The proceeds will go towards two charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Saying Goodbye.

Macmillan Cancer Support offers free expert information, advice and support to anyone affected by cancer while Saying Goodbye is a charity that organises remembrance services for those who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

Frontman Martin Swain feels the gig, which features support from Sixties Retro, is all about giving something back. The two charities are really close to our hearts and we’re hoping to raise over £5,000 for them,” said Martin.

“Every penny we raise from the tickets, the raffle and sponsorship will be going to the charities.

“There’ll also be some surprise guests in attendance too. This is our 20th year and Coventry and the surrounding areas have basically kept us in business.”

Since forming back in 1993 The Swains, who continue to sell-out venues, have been at the forefront of Coventry’s live music scene, thanks in part to their affiliation with to the Standard Triumph Club in Herald Avenue.

“We’ve had some fantastic nights at the Standard over the years, it’s been an absolute ball,” Martin said. “We always get a good number of people coming to see us and the people there are great.

“They just let us do our own thing. We still have great fun and that’s our main drive.  I’ve always said that you can take the worries of the week and with one chord they disappear.

“If you don’t enjoy it then the audience won’t either, it definitely rubs off on them.”

Call 07956 692 375 or 024 7667 5186 for tickets.

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