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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"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
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
John Westmoreland Solo Carolina Club, Chapel Hill, NC Carolina Club, Chapel Hill, NC
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