The Day – Emma Swift sings Dylan on Thursday at Downtown Live! in new london


If you’re naming your album as a pun on an already existing album, it’s probably a good idea for everyone to know the name of the record that’s being ridiculed.

For example, Australian-born Emma Swift’s debut album “Blonde On the Tracks” is clearly a reference to Bob Dylan’s “Blood On the Tracks.”

More than that, however, the recording contains eight rather wonderful and carefully curated Swiftian renditions of (see how I did that?) Dylan tunes. Swift has a lovely nostalgic, nostalgic voice, and she performs at New London’s Hygienic Art Park on Thursday as part of the free show Downtown Live! concert series.

“Blonde On the Tracks” was produced in Nashville by Wilco’s Pat Sansone, and the album’s veteran musicians include Swift’s partner Robyn Hitchcock.

Idea: For her next effort, Swift can do some renditions of Hitchcock songs (I’d like to hear her voice nuance “If You Go Away”). And she could call the album “Sing Like an Egyptians”! (See how I did that again?)

Opening Thursday is the always enjoyable Dogbite.

Downtown Live! is produced by New London Music Festivals Inc.

Emma Swift, 6 p.m. Thursday, Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London; Downtown Live! ; free; www.downtownnewlondonassociation.com.

David H. Henry