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Swansgate are an Art Rock band based out of Charlotte, NC. Their genre-defying music incorporates elements of Progressive Rock, Jazz, Psychedelic, and more to create a diverse, yet cohesive sound. Led by the virtuoso pianist and talented composer, Art Draughn, Swansgate are recording their debut studio album, and playing frequent live shows throughout the greater North Carolina region. Draughn began teaching himself piano at the young age of 5, and has developed a compositional style that is unlike any other. His list of influences is long, and he’s able to maintain a completely original style that doesn’t favor any particular influence. Draughn is backed by brothers Michael & Gabe McKinney, who play drums and bass guitar, respectively. The McKinney brothers are also self-taught, lifelong musicians who bring their own unique flavor to their instruments. Swansgate are gaining more & more recognition due to their superb musicianship and unique style. With tunes that are rhythmic, jazzy, and unique, Swangate have garnered praise from music lovers of all ages.


-1st Place - Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Band Competition


-Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC)

-Imurj (Raleigh, NC)

-Shakori Hills (Pittsboro, NC)

-The Milestone Club (Charlotte, NC)

-Hattie's (Charlotte, NC)

-Tommy's Pub (Charlotte, NC)

-Petra's (Charlotte, NC)

Art Draughn – Vocals, Keys, Guitars
Gabe McKinney – Bass
Michael McKinney - Drums


"Swansgate has a myriad of influences that shape the young band’s sound into more than a single genre. Muted tinges of jazz mix with strands of psychedelic guitar and diversifying keys with synths that add flickers of light."

       -Shirley Griffith, CLTure.org

In regards to a 4 hour slot at Claddagh Pub: "I was only planning on staying for an hour or so, but man you guys were awesome. I ended up staying the entire show. The musicianship is amazing, and I especially love the bass player's effortless groove."

                -Donny, fan

"I enjoyed your set. The musicianship is impressive but you don't overdo it."

-Wyley Buck Boswell, The Milestone (owner)

"I've been playing and seeing live music in Charlotte since I was like 12, and have really gotten tired of the scene. You guys are refreshingly unique. I know you're going to do big things."

-John Culpepper, Drummer for Gardenia Jazz Quartet