He's sung at labor gatherings and folk festivals, played in pit bands and for dances, designed folk music camps for kids and music for plays, and released three CD's of original music. The most recent is the eclectic "Then What's It For?" which combines his own songs with some classic folk songs and instrumental music from various times and places.
Born in Illinois, currently residing in Eugene, OR, he plays (fiddle, mandolin and guitar) with the Low Tide Drifters, leads the Chico Schwall Gang, hosts a weekly Irish music session, travels far and wide (mostly by rail) to sing and continues an endless string of projects and collaborations.
Coming on February 26, 2015: a special one-night-only concert called "Thunder and Lies: the Legacy of Francis James Child." It will be a whole evening of "Child ballads," the epic poetry of the English language as collected over a century ago by Mr. Child, who collected texts as old as he could find from every published and privately held collection he could get his hands on.
The stories are eternal themes, full of magic and passion and the evening will cast them in new settings, re-imagined by Chico and an accomplished ensemble of musicians. Don't miss it! Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at The Shedd in Eugene.