John WELSH BAND
With a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock rhythms the John Welsh Band gets crowds moving wherever they perform. A world traveler by nature, John Welsh lived and studied in Mexico and Guatemala where he was heavily influenced by the music, language and culture. After several years of playing with various bands he and brother Chris(bass) met Nigerian born Courage Eigbike who brought his reggae and West African influenced sound. Together they began creating songs with the vision of bringing their world music sound to a mainstream audience.
The band began performing locally and recorded with producer Tyler Johnson(Joshua Hyslop/Bestie/Austin Basham). With the release of the EP and music video “On the Road” their popularity quickly grew across British Columbia and soon they were playing venues and festivals all over western Canada. To fill out their sound for larger performances the band added drummer Nathan Larsen and lead guitarist Devin Modugno. With strong support from CBC and college radio across Canada “On the Road” soon landed in the top 50 on the national Earshot! Charts.
To follow the success of “On The Road” the band flew to the small surf town of Sayulita, Mexico to film the video for their single “Sayulita”. The catchy reggae vibe and video featuring locals further expanded their fan base to include Mexico and the United States. Performing in both English and Spanish the John Welsh Band wins over audiences with a high energy show that emphasises crowd participation, upbeat rhythms and singalong choruses. Wherever the band travels they gain new fans of all ages and cultures with their positive message and infectious melodies. In 2016 the John Welsh Band took home a Fraser Valley Music Award and were selected as one of Vancouver's best bands of 2016 by Vanmusic. John Welsh and the band will release their new album in Spring of 2017. Be sure to follow the band on social media to catch new releases and tour dates.