Blends Folk, Surf Rock, Reggae and Latin 2018 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee for World Artist of the Year
With a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock rhythms the John Welsh & Los Valientes gets crowds moving wherever they perform. A world traveller by nature, John Welsh lived and studied in Mexico and Guatemala where he was heavily influenced by the music, language and culture. After 5 years of playing and recording 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 that would get crowds dancing and singing along with the vision of bringing their world music sound to a mainstream audience.
The band began performing locally and recorded with producer Tyler Johnson (Bear Mountain/Bestie/Joshua Hyslop). With the release of their album and music video "On the Road" their popularity quickly grew across British Columbia and soon they were on the road playing venues and festivals all over western Canada (including Vancouver’s iconic Commodore ballroom). 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 in the summer of 2015 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. The Facebook upload of Sayulita has had over 650,000 views and counting.
Performing in both English and Spanish the John Welsh & Los Valientes wins over audiences with a high energy show that emphasizes 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 2015 influential Vancouver DJ Todd Hancock (99.3 Fox) hailed the band as "one of Vancouver’s premium up and coming indie artists" and CBC producer Michael Juk says "With infectious toe tapping songs that puts one in mind of sunny beaches and happy times, we could all use more music from John Welsh & Los Valientes in our lives"
The band’s most recent album, �Vamonos Mi Chica! was released in May 2017 and reached #2 on iTunes Canada for World Music within the first few days! Some of the band were out on the road promoting the new album at local radio stations throughout Canada & Mexico in summer 2017.
John Welsh & Los Valientes can be available as a trio or a five piece.
John Welsh - Guitar/Vocals
Courage Eigbike - Percussion/Vocals
Devin Modugno - Electric Guitar
Nathan Larsen - Drums
Christopher Welsh - Bass
"John Welsh and his band are a delightful musical experience. The music grooves with energy. I keep a copy of the "On The Road" EP in my car and having the band on my show was a delight." - Pooner Clark, 92.9 KISM Bellingham, WA
"Wow, what a night! Thank you so much for kicking off our season in such a
grand fashion. It was stellar! Everyone had an amazing time." - Geraint Osborne, Rose City Roots Music Society
"OH MY GOD, I loved these guys. They make you feel you are on a hot, white sunny beach with a drink in your hand. Calming, yet so full of electric energy. Fab choice and asset to any festival." - Alert Bay Seafest, Kim Mercer
"From the first strum of his guitar, John Welsh poured a feel–good, positive vibe over the audience at the CBC Musical Nooners on July 7, 2015.
He’s got a natural command of the stage combined with infectious toe tapping songs that puts one in mind of sunny beaches and happy times. I think we could all use more music from John Welsh & Los Valientes in our lives." - Michael Juk, Senior Producer CBC Vancouver
"John Welsh is one of Vancouver’s premiere up and coming indie artists."
- Todd Hancock, former 99.3 CFOX host and indie music director
"His music is upbeat, catchy, and easy to sing along to while cruising down the highway on your next adventure." - Cassy Oberndorf, SFU The Peak Campus Newspaper