Banff International Songwriter Showcase | Kevin Welch, Kim Richey, Shad [Cancelled]

Shad, photo by Justin Broadbent.

Don’t miss this extraordinary night of music and song featuring award-winning artists Kevin Welch, Kim Richey, Fats Kaplin, and Shad, along with senior artists and participants from the Banff InternationalSongwriter Residency!

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Kevin Welch

Kevin was raised, from a very young age, in Oklahoma.  He began his professional life as a touring musician right out of high school.  He was on the road for years before he moved to Nashville in 1978 to work as a songwriter.  He signed on with Sony/Tree publishing and went on to have amazing success with artists such as Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Waylon Jennings, The Highwaymen, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, and Don Williams all recording his songs. 


Shad is a Canadian rapper with five solo albums under his belt, one retro pop-rock side-project, a Master’s degree and numerous accolades. In addition to four of his records being nominated on the Short List of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, TSOL won the 2011 Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards. Since then, Shad has elevated his practice by emerging as a vital broadcaster. After hosting CBC Radio’s q, he went on to host the Hip-Hop Evolution docuseries, whose 2016 season on HBO Canada earned both a Peabody Award and an International Emmy Award.

In 2018, Shad released his concept album entitled A Short Story About A War. This music was created in collaboration with genre-less luminaries like Kaytranada, 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red, and Lido Pimienta, to crafty indie rockers Yukon Blonde, and Toronto rap vets Ian Kamau, Eternia, and DJ T Lo. Their contributions bring multiple textures and colours to the singular vision Shad created. 

Kim Richey

Over the past two decades, two-time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey has released eight critically acclaimed albums and been listed in the ‘Top 10 Albums of 1999’ in Time Magazine for her album Glimmer. Her album Rise received four stars in Rolling Stone and was named ‘Alt-Country Album of The Year’ in People Magazine

Kim has written two #1 singles and four others that hit the Top 10. Thorn In My Heart was listed by the Associated Press as one of the best albums of 2013.  Known for her harmony vocals, Kim has appeared on records by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell, Gretchen Peters, and many more.

Her latest album Edgeland released in April 2018 has gotten rave reviews.  Kim enlisted a gang of talented pals to make this record including Chuck Prophet, Pat Sansone, Robyn Hitchcock, Mando Saenz, and Pat McLaughlin. Producer Brad Jones led the way.  

This is Kim’s fourth year as a mentor in the Banff International Songwriter Residency.

Fats Kaplin

Fats Kaplin can play anything with strings. Born and raised in New York City, influenced by jazz, gypsy, and traditional string band music, Fats Kaplin had already been featured on legendary recordings and extensive tours by the time he was 18-years-old.

Now, living in Nashville, he is one of the music industry’s leading multi-instrumentalists (fiddle, steel, accordion, mandolin, guitar and so on). The list of people he has recorded and toured with is extraordinary. It includes John Prine, (currently) Jack White, Nanci Griffith, The Mavericks, Suzy Boggus, Buddy Miller, Tinariwen, Colin Linden, just to name a few.

At age 17 Fats went on the road and recorded two duo albums with country blues guitarist Roy Bookbinder for the Blue Goose label. After playing for several years in numerous New York early jazz and old-timey outfits, Fats joined the Tom Russell band in the mid-80s. They recorded and toured extensively.

In 1992, he moved to Nashville at the urging of Kevin Welch. Since then, Fats has worked with Kevin in his band The Overtones, with The Dead Reckoners, and Kane-Welch-Kaplin.

In addition to working with a wide array of artists, Fats composes, records, and performs his own music with his wife Kristi Rose and the Fats Kaplin Gang.