About John

A musician born and raised in North Carolina, John Westmoreland has been performing professionally for over a decade. He began playing blues, rock, and folk music as a teenager and went on to study Jazz and Classical Composition at Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 he became a founding member and lead guitarist for the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, who In 2014 received a nomination for "Best African Group" by AFRIMA(the all africa music awards). As a solo performer and songwriter John plays his own original songs, as well as unique arrangements of popular music and folk music. His musical style combines elements of Folk, World Music, Jazz, Blues, and Classical into an organic and rich tapestry of sound. Outside of traditional performance contexts, John has a passion for exploring how music can facilitate deep relaxation and healing. He regularly provides music for yoga classes and meditation, relaxation music sessions for people with Alzheimers and Dementia, and also performs as part of UNC Hospital’s Door to Door music program. 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. Last year John formed a new group called WESTMORELAND, a band that features an eclectic line up of seasoned musicians. The group performs the original music written by John featured on the forthcoming album "Cast Fire." Currently John is also embarking on a new project to revive the music and poetry of "T-Bone Slim" the legendary hobo songwriter and poet who's songs were an inspiration for the Surrealist Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.