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Welkin

Rock | Folk | Psychedelic | Alternative

Formed in Vancouver in 2001, Welkin's music--which roams from psychedelic folk through alt-country to art rock--has received many accolades for boldly exploring artistic wilderness. Welkin's discography includes the critically acclaimed 2002 full length record No Ordinary Elephant. Recorded to analogue tape, this debut album captured a warmth and depth that set Welkin apart from well-trodden trails and onto a unique path. In 2004, a follow-up 3-Song EP also received excellent reviews. In 2005 Welkin signed a distribution deal with Universal Music and toured Canada in support of the release of their sophomore record Strangers & Exiles which was hailed by critics as an art rock triumph. With 2010’s double-album This Is Your Blood All Over Me, Welkin released a beast that roamed the musical landscape turning heads and garnering praise for braving the hinterlands of songwriting and sonic spaces.

Welkin is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Geoff Birch. In addition to performing solo or with a band at traditional venues,  Welkin has an ongoing pursuit called The Dark Night Sky. This is an outdoor ceremonious experience in various wilderness settings featuring the ethereal music of Welkin followed by The Dark Night Sky. An artistic endeavour done guerrilla style in meadows, mountains and other sacred places everywhere. This is an offshoot of Birch's persevering & contemplative practice of composing songs in Nature where he daily seeks & finds esthetic locations to enter into the transcendent realm. For the last several years Birch has been working on a massive body of new songs while attuning to the nightscapes of full moons and other stellar events in the mountain music sanctuary of British Columbia, Canada.