ANDRU BRANCH & HALFWAY TREE: KEEPING THE ROOTS IN REGGAE OVER IN CANADA
The original co-creator of reggae music, Jamaican Studio One bass man Brian ?Bassie? Atkinson, wrote and recorded many of the hit bass lines that would go on to define the genre.
Alongside legendary Jamaican keyboard player Jackie Mittoo, Brian Atkinson recorded thousands of rhythms, producing hundreds of hits for Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & the Maytals, Burning Spear, the Heptones, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and countless others. Brian joined JUNO-nominated singer/songwriter Andru Branch in 2002 to form the Halfway Tree reggae band.
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree had their first international hit with ?Bring Back Real Reggae Music? in 2008, followed by their brand new smash hit ?My Jamaican Weed?.The group features dynamic duo Nick Fisher on saxophone and Martha Kelly on trombone, British-born, Antiguan drummer Jerome Thomas on drums, roots rocker Johnny Parker on lead guitar, Marley Parker on rhythm guitar, legendary Studio One Soul Vendor Brian ?Bassie? Atkinson on bass, and vocalist/keyboard player Andru Branch.
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree have performed at numerous festivals including Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, where the group has gained international acclaim, performing for fans from all over the globe.
Featuring a dynamic horn section, few groups continue to deliver such an authentic, bass-heavy, richly textured, roots reggae sound. Their music is gloriously hypnotic and their message is positively uplifting.