Andru Branch & Halfway Tree germinated in 1995. Clockwise, from left to right: Art Gold (trombone), Ras Kawintseb Sellassie (lead guitar and backing vocals), David Slater (saxophone), Mike Goodridge (drums), Tomaz "Moose" Jardim (rhythm guitar), Andru Branch (vocals, keyboards and percussion). I used to spend significant time with local Toronto radio personality, DB Hawkes. One afternoon I explained that I was going to form my own backing band, to which he replied: "The name should be catchy; something like 'Bobcaygeon'!" Andru Branch and...Halfway Tree. Of course! Halfway Tree is a district in Kingston, Jamaica, where I have since spent countless hours recording and rehearsing with some of my favourite musicians. Missing from this photo is the venerable Chris "Friendly Man" Hatton, who drove the group on bass guitar for the first year and a half. Nuff respect me bredren.