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03/19/2019
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John Westmoreland

The music of "Cast Fire", new CD by John Westmoreland and his his band is featured on soundtrack to the award winning documentary "Staring Down Fate.

He's been a past recipient of the Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, through which he travelled to Peru to study "Icaros", a style of shamanic healing music from Amazonia.

A songwriter and musician who’s performed nationally and internationally, John Westmoreland is an eclectic artist and is masterful on both the electric and nylon string guitar with his deep baritone voice with shades of Leonard Cohen. The songs on his debut record “Cast Fire” are meditations and reflections on life, death, and the great mystery.

Weaving together threads of Americana, folk, world, jazz, and rock, John is a founding member and lead guitarist of the West- African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba who’s 2018 release “Routes” has garnered national and international acclaim.

Currently he's working on a new project centered around the music and poetry of his recently discovered ancestor, T-bone Slim- a mysterious hobo songwriter, poet and legendary figure in the labor movement.