As with many musicians’ road to success, John Welsh was plugging along, making music and performing for ten years before things started to take off.
“My whole family is musical, so I’ve sort of been at it for over a decade,” said Welsh. “But it’s in the last year and a half that things have really started happening.”
Welsh and his bandmates, collectively known as the John Welsh Band, will be opening up Kicking Horse Culture’s Summer Kicks series on Wednesday June 17.
It was when an old musical friend came back to town, Courage Eigbike (the band’s percussionist/vocalist), and they played a pub show together, that they decided to focus their energy into a music career.
“The support in the area since then has been really great,” said Welsh.
The B.C. band is fairly new to the touring scene, only having done local (the lower mainland) shows and weekend excursions around the province.
“This will be our first major tour, and the first time we’ve performed in Alberta,” said Welsh.
But the band loves being on the road, as you can see from their first single “On the Road” which features a roadtrip in a Westfalia Van in the song’s music video.
With roots in folk rock, and songs that you can sing along to, the John Welsh Band is looking forward to an outdoor concert experience for their first visit to Golden.
“Even if you haven’t heard any of our songs before, you’re still going to enjoy it,” he said.
The show starts at 7 p.m. in Spirit Square. Local act Will Wardwell will be playing the in between set.