Banff International Songwriter Showcase | Kevin Welch, Tamara Lindeman, Don Henry, Fats Kaplin

Singer-Songwriter Tamara Lindeman portrait.

Tamara Lindeman, photo by Colin Medley.

Don’t miss this extraordinary night of music and song featuring award-winning artists Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin, Don Henry, and Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman, along with senior artists and participants from the Banff International Songwriter 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. 

Tamara Lindeman

Tamara Lindeman is a songwriter and singer who performs under the name The Weather Station.  As The Weather Station, she has released four albums and toured extensively across Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia.  She has been nominated for a Juno, a Socan Award, and the Polaris Prize, and garnered praise from Pitchfork, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

No one else is writing true-life songs with such a command of nuance and ellipsis, with such generosity of unguarded emotion and careful economy of means.”  - Richard Williams, Uncut Magazine

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.

Don Henry

Grammy Award winner Don Henry has written songs recorded by legends Ray Charles and Patti Page to young hit-makers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Don has played in-the-round with performers as diverse as Joey Ramone at New York’s famous Bottom Line to Keith Urban at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe. Kathy Mattea’s version of the Grammy Award-winning Where've You Been, also won Don and co-writer Jon Vezner, song of the year honours from the ACMs, the CMAs, and the N.S.A.I., the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honours in the same year. Miranda Lambert had a big hit in 2013 with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds. (Background vocals by Don on the record) Don tours extensively as a solo performer, with Jon Vezner as half of The DonJuans, and with folk legend Tom Paxton.