For eight years guitarist and songwriter John Westmoreland has been a cornerstone of the NC based band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba who continues to wow audiences in the United States and across the Atlantic in Senegal with their fiery brand of West-African Griot Fusion. Now John has a new project "Cast Fire," a debut album of his original songs and music set to be released in April. 

A career musician and teacher who’s performed nationally and internationally, John's guitar playing is masterful on both the electric and nylon string guitar. His voice is a deep baritone and his songwriting weaves together elements of Americana, folk, world, jazz, and blues into an evocative tapestry of sound. In addition to performing original songs, John's also working on a research and recording project based on the music and poetry of his ancestor, T-bone Slim- a mysterious hobo songwriter and poet who was a legendary figure in the labor movement.

The music of "Cast Fire" can also be heard on the soundtrack to the award winning documentary "Staring Down Fate.

 

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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
John Westmoreland Hotel Kilpis, Kilpisjärvi, Lapland Hotel Kilpis, Kilpisjärvi, Lapland
John Westmoreland Hotel Kilpis, Kilpisjärvi, Lapland Hotel Kilpis, Kilpisjärvi, Lapland
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba at Arts Splash High Point University, High Point, NC High Point University, High Point, NC
John Westmoreland The Rooster's Wife, Aberdeen The Rooster's Wife, Aberdeen
 —  — Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba at Ocrafolk Ocracoke, NC Ocracoke, NC
John Westmoreland The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill, NC The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill, NC
Kaira Ba w/ Tony Williamson Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville, NC Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville, NC
 —  — John Westmoreland at SERFA Conference Chatanooga, TN Chatanooga, TN
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba at Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest Silk Hope, NC Silk Hope, NC
John Westmoreland Petra's Piano Bar, Charlotte Petra's Piano Bar, Charlotte
"Cast Fire" Album release w/ Tony Williamson, Charly Lowry, & Grand Shores Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw
John Westmoreland Corner Store Arts, Washington DC Corner Store Arts, Washington DC
John Westmoreland Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC
Jazz trio w/ Sarah Strable & Kevin Timmons O'Henry Hotel, Greensboro, NC O'Henry Hotel, Greensboro, NC
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba at 1st night Raleigh Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC
John Westmoreland & Jurij Fednyskyj Durham Durham
John Westmoreland, Jurij Fedynskyj, & Diali Cissokho Joy of Movement, Pittsboro Joy of Movement, Pittsboro
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba performing with Weedie Braima & The Hands of Time The Pinhook, Durham, NC The Pinhook, Durham, NC
John Westmoreland & Diali Cissokho Hugger Mugger , Sanford, NC Hugger Mugger , Sanford, NC
Private event Chapel Hill, NC Chapel Hill, NC