THE BAND

PAM WELSH

// singer // percussion

 

As one of the lead vocals for the Dusty Boots Band Pam enjoys sharing her talents,  both leading and harmonizing, with other vocalists in the band with the goal of blending sounds that are pleasing to the ear and fun for the crowd. Inspired by many musical genres Pam's true passion lies in the simple and soulful roots of country music. Pam's inspiration to sing and play music started early with Piano/organ lessons as a child  &  guitar lessons as an adult and finally a chance to sing through the Tom Lee Weekend Warriors program which opened a door that couldn't be shut. It provided a golden opportunity to play on stage at the coveted Yale Hotel Blues Bar in Vancouver and that sparked a fire that couldn't be put out (and it remains a professional highlight).  I am so happy to have found these talented guys to play with who share an interest in the multi-faceted sounds that make country what it is today. My hope is to continue to build our repertoire of country songs, both covers and originals, through many influences and sounds so that we will be entertaining for country music lovers of all ages.  In the words of Friedrich Nietzche "without music, life would be a mistake". 

JOHN WELSH

// bass // singer

 

Playing professionally from a ripe old age of 14 for a Country Western Band out of the Ottawa area. He became a member of the American Federation of Musicians, local 180, and headed for stardom, playing clubs and doing homework in the manager's office. A multi-instrumentalist formally trained on 14 instruments lead to a variety of stints with a 70 piece symphony, country bands, and founding/forming member of a 16 piece Jazz/Pop Big Band and a hard rock cover/original band that was popular in the southern Ontario scene and on Muchmusic. In the early 80's John's career ordered him out west where he performed with various artists and recording sessions. "I have been extremely fortunate, honoured, and grateful to have shared some pretty big stages with accomplished artists over the years.It's all about having fun, getting people involved, tapping their shoes, singing along, and filling the dance floor!"

JD HOY

// drummer //

JD, our latest addition to Dusty Boots, started playing drums at the age of 12 in St. Thomas Ontario, by the age of 14 he played his first professional gig with his Father Jazz pianist Dave Hoy and became his steady drummer.  JD played in an array of Rock, Country and Big Bands.  Touring around Ontario and Quebec until the age of 27.  John moved out to BC after falling in love with Vancouver having played on the big stage at Expo 86 years before.  Taking a hiatus for work/kids and family John returned to playing in 2008 joining acts like Heist, OS5 and later Black Ridge Choir.