We are here to learn and grow and our soul purpose is to give and share Love. Through its persistent trials and tribulations, Life continually challenges us to grow. My Mom used to say "the only constant in life is change". This sometimes means having to replace musicians and subsequently adjusting to new band mates. My close pal, co-producer and right hand man Johnny Parker (front right), frequently quips: "Welcome to the way it is." It is a continual reminder to accept change. The ever-evolving lineup may change, but the song remains the same.
I will let this quote from Exclaim! Magazine do the talking for this photo: “The six-piece roots collective pack an authentic punch, an earthy sensibility and an ear for hypnotic dub grooves. They show clear influence from the Wailers, Burning Spear and Lee "Scratch" Perry...Branch and crew nail the technical, spiritual and music elements of an instrumental sound that both entrances and inspires.” Thank you to Niki Davison for this beautiful portrait of Andru Branch & Halfway Tree, posing in front of the Halifax Common in 2017. From left to right are Andrew MacKelvie (saxophone), Andrew Jackson (trombone), Duane Khodra (rhythm guitar), Andru Branch (vocals, keyboards and percussion), Andrew Brown (bass), Johnny Parker (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Teddy Skiffington (drums).