About Sway Wild

Sway Wild performs a heartfelt and dynamic blend of innovative folk, rock, pop and funk. Pacific Northwest-based songwriter duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer voyage even further out to sea on their latest self-produced/recorded release Off-Grid Lo Fi. Recorded entirely with solar and wind-powered electricity on a nearly uninhabited, remote, off-grid island in northwest Washington state, McGraw and Fer have ventured into new territory, both geographically and artistically.

McGraw and Fer were invited to a seaside farm to care-take for four old donkeys and a flock of chickens for three months on a non-ferry serviced island with a winter population of fewer than eight people. Seizing the opportunity for a solitary writing residency, the duo loaded all of their instruments, minimal recording gear, and groceries into a tiny 16’ aluminum boat and crossed the channel towards the US/Canadian border for what they called their ‘feral’ adventure. Pushing wheelbarrows full of provisions in their rubber boots, they made their way to a hand-built cabin where they recorded Off-Grid Lo-Fi in a living room overlooking the Pacific inland sea. The recording set-up was basic. No computer screens or editing. No Auto-Tune. All real takes. The result is a twelve-song album drenched with rich vocal harmonies, poignant songwriting, Fer’s potent electric guitar playing, acoustic guitars, percussion, cello and newly prominent banjo and piano (all played by Fer and McGraw). Off-Grid Lo-Fi is an intimate, authentic and refreshingly honest exploration into the genres of folk, rock, and roots music.

Known as a standout electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Mandy Fer fills the stage with her strong yet poised guitar solos, defying long-held gender barriers for female guitarists. Dave McGraw’s emotional songwriting riffs on natural elements of the world around him. McGraw spent a decade as a wildlife biologist, studying endangered birds in remote locales from the deserts of Mexico and the Grand Canyon to the mountainous rainforests of Washington. McGraw and Fer joined forces in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010 before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012.

The duo’s 2014 release Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and was praised by The Telegraph for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.” Together, their exceptional vocal harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world. The pair has honed their skills touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Iron & Wine, Lake Street Dive, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mandolin Orange and many others. Winning over audiences anywhere from Alaska to Amsterdam, Sway Wild performs a heartfelt and dynamic blend of innovative folk, rock, pop and funk.

Reviews of Sway Wild

Off-Grid Lo-Fi is chock full of roots-rich gems…Fer shreds…excellent guitar…a delicate blues madrigal...”
...stellar songwriting...exceptional guitar playing..." 

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Grabbing the wheel of summer and hitting the road like we mean it.
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SUMMER DATES (get tix at link in bio!)
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7/10 BOISE, ID - @downtownboise 
7/11 COUER D’ALENE, ID - @ Concerts at Riverstone 
7/12 REPUBLIC, WA - @republicbrewingcompany 
7/13 WINTHROP, WA -@copperglance 
7/21 SEATTLE, WA - @tractortavern supporting @dustbowlrevival 
7/26 JACKSON, WY - @worthotel 
7/31 KANKAKEE, IL - House Concert (dm for details)
8/1-2 APPLETON, WI - @mileofmusicfest 
8/3 EVANSTON, IL - @evanstonspace w/ @radiofreehonduras 
8/8 SPRING LAKE, MI - @sevenstepsup 
8/9 MOSINEE, WI - @logjamfest 
8/10 BAILEY’S HARBOR, WI - @doorcountybrewingco 
8/11 MADISON, WI - @thewinnebago2262  W/ @bethbombara 
8/13 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - @firstavenue W/ @bethbombara 
8/23 FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - @sanjuancommunitytheatre 
8/24 WEST LINN, OR - @farmathonmusic 
8/31 ENTERPRISE, OR - @ Juniper Jam 
9/1 STANLEY, ID -  @redfishlakelodge 
9/6-9/8 SISTERS, OR - @sistersfolkfestival 
9/21 BISHOP, CA - @inyocouncilforthearts Millpond Music Festival
(Many many more dates tba soon!) We may have had fun today taking these shots inspired after a pro photoshoot in Seattle. Pro photos coming soon... ‘til then, please enjoy this ridiculous selection.  Can’t wait to see you soon and plz tag ur friends to help spread the word! Thanks to you.
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Grabbing the wheel of summer and hitting the road like we mean it. ☀️✨🌻🌞🐝🕶 SUMMER DATES (get tix at link in bio!) . . . 7/10 BOISE, ID - @downtownboise 7/11 COUER D’ALENE, ID - @ Concerts at Riverstone 7/12 REPUBLIC, WA - @republicbrewingcompany 7/13 WINTHROP, WA [email protected] 7/21 SEATTLE, WA - @tractortavern supporting @dustbowlrevival 7/26 JACKSON, WY - @worthotel 7/31 KANKAKEE, IL - House Concert (dm for details) 8/1-2 APPLETON, WI - @mileofmusicfest 8/3 EVANSTON, IL - @evanstonspace w/ @radiofreehonduras 8/8 SPRING LAKE, MI - @sevenstepsup 8/9 MOSINEE, WI - @logjamfest 8/10 BAILEY’S HARBOR, WI - @doorcountybrewingco 8/11 MADISON, WI - @thewinnebago2262 W/ @bethbombara 8/13 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - @firstavenue W/ @bethbombara 8/23 FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - @sanjuancommunitytheatre 8/24 WEST LINN, OR - @farmathonmusic 8/31 ENTERPRISE, OR - @ Juniper Jam 9/1 STANLEY, ID - @redfishlakelodge 9/6-9/8 SISTERS, OR - @sistersfolkfestival 9/21 BISHOP, CA - @inyocouncilforthearts Millpond Music Festival (Many many more dates tba soon!) We may have had fun today taking these shots inspired after a pro photoshoot in Seattle. Pro photos coming soon... ‘til then, please enjoy this ridiculous selection. Can’t wait to see you soon and plz tag ur friends to help spread the word! Thanks to you. Love, @swaywild . . . #photoshoot #summertour #grabthewheel #swaywild #cityplayground #powerfolktrio #northwest #midwest #tractortavern #newmusic #streetlightfell #chicago #republicwa #winthropwa #copperglance #evanstonspace #newalbum #tourtime #backinthevan #minivanlove #sanjuanislandmusic #sanjuanislands
Art inspiring art... after reading the miraculous book @thewomenwhorunwithwolves by @clarissapinkolaestes I felt I was eye to eye with La Loba... #laloba was wildly weaved into this magical text and is a story about women coming into their creative freedom, resurrecting the wild spirit of life through song... ✨🌓 this very story inspired a new song from our upcoming release called
Art inspiring art... after reading the miraculous book @thewomenwhorunwithwolves by @clarissapinkolaestes I felt I was eye to eye with La Loba... #laloba was wildly weaved into this magical text and is a story about women coming into their creative freedom, resurrecting the wild spirit of life through song... ✨🌓 this very story inspired a new song from our upcoming release called "La Loba". I share this story at our shows and often feel the pulse of the room shift after I mention the book title...it's palpable how much freedom, vitality, and insight we all have absorbed from #clarissapinkolaestes ‘s words...one evening after a show, a dear woman came up to me and shared how much that book/story meant to her, and how she had a cherished/framed clipping from the San Diego Tribune book review of #womenwhorunwiththewolves from nearly 30 yrs ago that she kept on her desk for guidance/support. We arrived home from tour and there it was in our mailbox. The amount of #gratitude I have for this gift is unending as it hangs now on the walls of our own home. #artinspiringart , #womeninspiringwomen, striving for creative freedom for ALL genders, ALL races, all living things. I hope that during my blip of a visit to this planet that I will do all that I can to use my words/ art/actions to help push towards that. No matter what forces sting and shout and grind around us. #share. #receive. #give. #love. #live. #fight. #shout. #speak. #listen. #growtogether UPCOMING #swaywild SHOWS: 7/10 BOISE, ID - @downtownboise 7/11 COUER D’ALENE, ID - Concerts at Riverstone 7/12 REPUBLIC, WA - @republicbrewingcompany 7/13 WINTHROP, WA - @copperglance 7/21 SEATTLE, WA - @tractortavern supporting @dustbowlrevival 7/26 JACKSON, WY - @worthotel 8/1-8/2 APPLETON, WI - @mileofmusicfest 8/3 EVANSTON, IL - @evanstonspace w/ @radiofreehonduras 8/8 SPRING LAKE, MI - @sevenstepsup 8/10 BAILEY’S HARBOR, WI - @doorcountybrewingco 8/23 FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - @sanjuancommunitytheatre 8/24 WEST LINN, OR - @farmathonmusic 8/31 ENTERPRISE, OR- Juniper Jam Music Festival 9/1 STANLEY, ID - @redfishlakelodge Many, many more dates TBA soon! Tix🎟 on sale at link in bio! Gracias...Mandy

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