Kootenay conga line

The John Welsh Band played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Miners' Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Submitted by the RCAC

The John Welsh Band played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Miners’ Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The upbeat, latin/reggae inspired tunes had the audience on their feet and dancing all night long. The members of the band had a variety of musical talents and the songs incorporated harmonica, cow bell, tambourine, and bongos.

John Welsh Band travelled from the Fraser Valley to perform as one of the acts in the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture’s Performance Series.

“This crowd has made the 7 hour drive here worth it,” said John Welsh near the end of the first set. “In the second set we’ll make the 7 hour trip home worth it.”

And they did, playing numerous numbers that had the crowd clapping, dancing, singing, and stamping along.

The night culminated in a conga line led by band member Courage, playing the cow-bell.

After whistles, cheers and stomping feet, which the band said must be “Kootenay speak for one more song,” the band played an encore mash up of their take on Mexico meets the Beatles, leaving the crowd with big smiles.

The crowd gave great reviews.

“The show was really hot,” said one audience member.

Based on the cheers, the smiles, and the number of CDs purchased, it is safe to say John Welsh will be welcome back in Rossland any time.