For over seven years guitarist and songwriter John Westmoreland has been a cornerstone of the NC based band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba who continue to wow audiences in the United States and across the Atlantic in Senegal with their fiery brand of West-African Griot Fusion. Now John is stepping forward to produce a debut album of his own original songs, "Cast Fire" set to be released in the Spring. A professional musician and teacher who has performed regionally, nationally and internationally, John's guitar playing is masterful on both the electric and nylon string guitar. As a songwriter he lets influences of Americana, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Classical weave together naturally into an evocative body of work. 

The music of "Cast Fire" is also featured on the soundtrack to the award winning documentary "Staring Down Fate.

 

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"Cast Fire" the debut album coming in the Spring 2019

"Cast Fire" the debut album coming in the Spring 2019

Staring Down Fate garners awards and accolades from film festivals. Original music written and recorded by John Westmoreland

Staring Down Fate garners awards and accolades from film festivals. Original music written and recorded by John Westmoreland

Previous events

Date Event Location
Kaira Ba acoustic show Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC
John Westmoreland at Proufound Sound Fest St. Anne's Chapel, Tarrboro, NC St. Anne's Chapel, Tarrboro, NC
Kaira Ba w/ Shana Tucker The Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC The Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
John Westmoreland Pub Pikkupässi, Karkkila, Finland Pub Pikkupässi, Karkkila, Finland
John Westmoreland Juttutupa, Helsinki Juttutupa, Helsinki
John Westmoreland Henry's Pub, Kuopio, Finland Henry's Pub, Kuopio, Finland
John Westmoreland Pub Kujakolli, Tampere, Finland Pub Kujakolli, Tampere, Finland
John Westmoreland Kyrö Distillery, Isokyrö Kyrö Distillery, Isokyrö
John Westmoreland Siuron Koski-Baari, Nokia, Finland Siuron Koski-Baari, Nokia, Finland
John Westmoreland Graceville Bar & Cafe , lisalmi Finland Graceville Bar & Cafe , lisalmi Finland
Porvoo Jazz Fest w/Paleface Vanha 123, 06100 Porvoo, Finland Vanha 123, 06100 Porvoo, Finland
John Westmoreland 2nd Wind, Carrboro NC 2nd Wind, Carrboro NC
John Westmoreland, Tony Williamson & Diali Cissokho Arcana, Durham NC Arcana, Durham NC
performance w/Kaira Ba The Roosters Wife, Aberdeen, NC The Roosters Wife, Aberdeen, NC
John Westmoreland The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill NC The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill NC
Performance w/ Kaira Ba Wilson Co. Public Library, Wilson NC Wilson Co. Public Library, Wilson NC
John Westmoreland at Bernaroo Fest New Bern NC New Bern NC
Performance w/Kaira Ba The African World Peace Festival, Fayetteville NC The African World Peace Festival, Fayetteville NC
Performance w/Kaira Ba The Ramkat, Winston Salem NC The Ramkat, Winston Salem NC
"Routes" Album release show with Kaira Ba Duke Gardens, Durham NC Duke Gardens, Durham NC