bleak and beautiful, the music of welkin is fearless, feral, ethereal
and epic in proportion. On their newest release 'Strangers & Exiles',
the 12 tracks are as brilliant and austere as the aurora borealis in a
cold night sky with Geoff Birch's voice taking them to the "vault of heaven"
(or the "welkin") with depth and humanity.
is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and pianist,
Geoff Birch. He occasionally performs solo but most often with the band.
On 'Strangers and Exiles' he is joined by Mark Christianson on bass, Chad
Bjorgan on drums , and on keys/organ Chris Janz. Based in Vancouver and
formed in 2001, welkin's atmospheric Art Rock has proven to be worthy
of attention. The band's discography includes the critically acclaimed
debut 'No Ordinary Elephant'. Their '3-Song 2004 EP' received excellent
reviews and the much anticipated full-length sophomore record 'Strangers
and Exiles' was chosen out of more than 500 bands across British Columbia
to receive the MUSIC BC/Precision Disc Manufacturing prize of 1000 free
inspiration, Birch lives in a cabin in the Cascade Mountains of British
Columbia where he writes the words and composes the music for all of the
welkin songs. In the recording studio, he lays down all his vocal tracks
in the nude. He says it gets him a little closer to the music.
and Exiles' covers a wide musical terrain ranging from the sweeping title
track, to the otherworldly 'The One Great Night', the driving 'Beautiful
One', the ephemeral 'Horses Heaving Under These Silver Stars' and majestic
sounds of 'Howling Wind'. For best listening results, lug your speakers
into your backyard and aim them at the "welkin". Let the music do the