Cleveland’s Welshly Arms formed seven years ago, with a sound that looks back to the classic rock era of the late ’60s/early ’70s, with blues, soul, and rock influences from that era, updated for today.
They exploded onto the scene in 2013/2014 with a ton of hype and exposure, including providing the soundtrack to a Cleveland tourism video. And while they haven’t gotten the same attention here recently, they’ve maintained a steady career, with new releases and lots of touring, constantly expanding their reach. So if you haven’t seen them around Cleveland lately — and they play only a few gigs a year here now — don’t think they haven’t been busy. Their latest album, 2018’s No Place Is Home, launched them on another round of national and international gigs.
Right now, like all of us, they’re stuck at home while itching to reach out to fans. So they’re going to take us overseas with them virtually, posting on their YouTube channel footage of a concert they did this past August in Budapest at the Sziget Festival.
“We’re currently safe and healthy here in Cleveland, Ohio and trying our best to safely work on music during this newfound ‘downtime,’” they write. “As a band, we felt like it would be a good time to share footage from one of our favorite shows of 2019 as nearly all music venues are dark and silent around the world. We believe in the power of music to bring healing, joy and unity. We hope that these songs that we upload over the next few weeks bring you a tiny bit of respite from the unfortunate situation we’re all facing due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis.”
You can watch the videos here.