Wes Weddell

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  • Great Northwest Fest: Wes Weddell

    This show was on Jul 28th, 2014 | 25 people watched
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Bio

In the spring of 2001, Seattle singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wes Weddell captivated the Northwest with a 65-day tour through all corners his home state gathering local stories and lore. The University of Washington-sponsored ‘Project’ earned him the inaugural Mary Gates Venture Fellowship and led to the My Northwest Home CD. It also planted some deep roots for Wes in the local... more

In the spring of 2001, Seattle singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wes Weddell captivated the Northwest with a 65-day tour through all corners his home state gathering local stories and lore. The University of Washington-sponsored ‘Project’ earned him the inaugural Mary Gates Venture Fellowship and led to the My Northwest Home CD. It also planted some deep roots for Wes in the local music community.

Songs to Get You From Here to There followed in late 2006, marking the formation of the full ‘WW Band’ and capping a busy year that also saw “Carry On” win first place in the Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Contest—an event Wes now hosts annually. He also arranged “Carry On” for choral performance, premiering the poignant, true story of a World War II bomber pilot with the Nelsen Middle School Concert Chorus (directed by WW bandmate Brian Hoskins) in November, 2006. (In 2011, Hoskins’ Lindbergh High School Ad Astra choir commissioned and premiered another choral work from Wes: “Sing to Me.”) Songs was named one of the late Performing Songwriter Magazine’s Top-12 DIY picks in June, 2007, and its folk radio successes helped Wes—ever the champion of the Emerald City’s local scene—expand his touring circles.

Propelled by versatile character voices with compelling stories to tell, the 11 songs on 2010’s By the Side of the Lake comprise some of Wes’ strongest work—and performances—to date, exposing his rural roots and exploring threads that run through smaller communities as they grow and change. The full band returns to deliver diverse arrangements that nonetheless feel crisp and of-a-piece: unashamedly contemporary at full-throttle, but not afraid to leave the expertly-crafted narrative to a solo banjo or mandolin at times, too.

Beginning in late-2010, Wes began participating in The Bushwick Book Club - Seattle, a collective of songwriters who write and perform original music inspired by each month’s literary selection. After nine appearances, those songs found their way out on a digital-only release: The Bushwick Book Club Demos, Vol. 1.

A native of Pullman, WA, Wes also keeps busy as an in-demand teacher and sideman on a variety of instruments, including regular work with the beloved folksinging duo Reilly & Maloney since 2003. That same year he founded Puget’s Sound Productions, a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating community live-music spaces around the region and supporting local musicians, which he continues to run.

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