Andru Branch & Halfway Tree
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Andru Branch & Halfway Tree

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1994 | INDIE

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1994
Band World Reggae

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Aug
18
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Seahorse Tavern

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Aug
06
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Jamaican Independence Day

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Jul
20
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ MUMM Harvest Festival

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Jul
12
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Halifax Jazz Festival

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Jun
23
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Full Circle Festival

Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada

Mar
02
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Seahorse Tavern

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Feb
09
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ Oasis Pub

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sep
30
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree @ The Timber Lounge

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Music

Press


"What If I Told You..."

“…the music they deliver is undoubtedly a continuum of the same spirit of the muse that moved Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Culture and others of the foundation reggae mould…Andru’s ability to evoke a primordial spirit that links him with the roots element of his music, makes you sit up and take notice of his laid back, sensi-inspired riddims…someone whose respect and affinity for the best in reggae are propelling him into the limelight of a growing circle of fans…” - Uprising International


"Jamaica Farewell"

Moving farther north into Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia, to be exact) we come across The Only Constant (self-released, 2007) by Andru Branch. The promotional materials for this CD display in large letters a sentiment that's also one of the song titles: "Bring Back Real Reggae Music." Recording in both Canada and Jamaica, Branch makes good on that directive. He's got Jamaican vets like bassist Chris Meredith, drummer Squiddly Cole and former Wailers percussionist Seeco Patterson on board, but the home grown side of his artistry is strong also. This is indeed real reggae music, helmed by Branch on keyboards and vocals and rich with pulsating riddims, wise and witty lyrics, touches of dub and ska and a prevailing easy feel. How can you go wrong with songs that range in theme from "Unite" to "People Can Be So Stupid" ? An excellent work through and through. - Tom Orr - World Music Central, March, 2008


"Andru Branch - The Only Constant"

When he’s not backing up artists such as Vybz Kartel and Sean Paul on percussion, Andru Branch is leading his band, Halfway Tree, in some of the rootsiest bottom heavy music ever to come out of the Great White North. The Only Constant, Branch’s second outing, is nothing less than stunning. Recorded in Kingston with Ziggy Marley’s rhythm section, it brims with the kind of reggae minted before dancehall came in to “run tings.” This is sure to win him fans from the nostalgic crowd worldwide, who will shout a “forward” to the album’s centrepiece: “Bring Back Real Reggae Music” (I wonder what Vybz Kartel thinks of that?). Branch’s understated singing sweetens the sound and leaves plenty of room for top ranking instrumental goodness, such as the thundering bass line on “Ease off the Pressure.” Unique flavours, such as a droning sitar on “Running into a Corner,” the country swagger on “Get Over You” and fusions with hi-life on “Mdamfu” only serve to add depth to the record’s scope. With The Only Constant, Andru Branch will quickly find himself on his way to becoming one of Canada’s top reggae artists. (Independent)
- Exclaim! Magazine, April 2008


"Out on a Limb"

“You can hear it when he sings and read it in his lyrics, songs of peace and unity in the spirit of the late Bob Marley…Halfway Tree sings the kind of songs that are missing in today’s mass market…” - The Town Crier, Toronto


"Andru Branch's Reggae Connections"

“One of the most outstanding performances at last month’s renewal of Reggae Sunsplash came from a young Canadian out of the Kingston Muzik camp…Performing on the dancehall night stage to resounding applause it was obvious that Branch was well received by the audience… Branch’s music is nothing like the new crossover/hip hop style of reggae. It sounds more like the Marley inspired tunes all the world has come to know and love…’Reggae is more than just music to me. It’s a banner for world peace and inter-racial unity, so I am proud to fly that red-gold-and-green banner—it means a lot to me that I can only say with my music’…” - The Sunday Herald, Kingston, JA


"Treemendous Reggae"

“One of the best reggae artists in the country…Branch has obviously mastered the sound.” - The Coast, Halifax


Discography

What If I Told You - 1998
The Only Constant - 2008
My Jamaican Weed (single) - 2009
Rocksteady (single) - 2010
Step Into The Light - 2012

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Bio

Award-winning Canadian recording artist Andru Branch named his band Halfway Tree after the bustling music district in Kingston, where he has recorded and performed with many of Jamaica’s most celebrated musicians. Branch recorded his Juno-nominated debut album with members of The Wailers, his critically acclaimed second album with Ziggy Marley’s rhythm section and his most recent album Step Into The Dub with the Halfway Tree reggae band, featuring legendary Studio One bass player Brian Atkinson.

Bob Marley’s music had a profound effect on this New Brunswick-born singer/songwriter. Raised by a peace activist single mother and Jamaican father figure in Toronto, Andru honed his skills on percussion alongside Bernie Pitters and Raffa Dean at the legendary Bamboo Club throughout the 90s. Mentored by The Wailers’ percussionist “Seeco” Patterson, Branch has since gone on to back many of Jamaica’s top reggae artists including Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Richie Spice, Luciano, Junior Reid, Cocoa Tea, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Marcia Griffiths, King Yellowman and Gregory Isaacs, to name a few.

Awarded “Inspirational Recording of the Year” at the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Awards for his third album Step Into The Light, Branch’s four-album discography boasts multiple award nominations, including two ECMAs for “World Recording of the Year”. Andru Branch is currently in pre-production for his forthcoming fifth studio album and accompanying full-length documentary film, featuring a host of Jamaica’s foundation reggae musicians.

Championing the preservation of authentic roots reggae music and the timeless message of peace, love and unity, Andru Branch & Halfway Tree continue to inspire fans around the globe, promoting equal rights and social justice. The band performs extensively at clubs and universities, at music conferences (NXNE, International Folk Alliance, COCA, ECMA, NSMW) and at festivals including Reggae Sunsplash, the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and Evolve. There are few groups that consistently deliver such an authentic, bass-heavy, richly textured, roots reggae sound. Their music is gloriously hypnotic and their message is positively uplifting. Canada’s music authority Exclaim! Magazine calls it “nothing less than stunning”. www.halfwaytree.ca


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