KEVIN Welch from Austin, Texas, will be the guest at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday in the Links Hotel, Montrose.
Kevin is best known as a member of Kane Welch Kaplin, who appeared at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow in January 2011.
His appearance at Montrose is part of a two month long tour of the UK and Europe, which takes in concerts in Russia, Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland, as well as in England and Scotland.
Born in Long Beach, California, Kevin moved to Nashville in 1978 where he earned his living for ten years as a songwriter. Singers such as Ricky Skaggs, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Don Williams recorded his material.
At the same time he played very actively in the Nashville Clubs, finally with his own band, the Overtones. By the late eighties, his popularity had grown; he obtained a record contract with Reprise Records for whom he released two albums from which four singles achieved chart success in the USA and Canada. In 1994 he co-founded Dead Reckoning Records and released three solo albums, mostly consisting of original Kevin Welch songs. He teamed up in 2004 with fellow Dead Reckoning Artists Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin to produce a three-man record entitled “You Can’t Save Everybody”. They also released a companion record with their friend, David Francey, the Scottish/Canadian songwriter and singer, who will be appearing at Montrose Folk Club in September.
The trio followed-up these two releases with Lost John Dean in 2006. It reached number one on the Americana charts and resulted in nominations for several awards including duo/group of the year at the 2007 and 2008 Americana Awards. Kevin is touring this year to promote his new solo record, “A Patch of Blue Sky”, which features ten of his own songs. Everyone is welcome next Tuesday at Montrose Folk Club for a great night of Americana music performed by a quality singer and songwriter. Kevin will be on stage at 8 pm, doors open 7.30pm.