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Lenten Journey

by Patrick P Welch

These songs are part of a Christan folk presentation of songs related to the life of Christ. It was presented live at a church I was serving at the time. It was recorded on a single mic, and a single channel.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Children of God 4 Min. (Live)
4:02 $0.99
2. Emmanuel 5.23 Min. (Live)
5:25 $0.99
3. Praise His Name 5.05 Min. (Live)
5:07 $0.99
4. Jesus Walked on the Water 3.50 Min. (Live)
3:52 $0.99
5. Temporary Insanity 4.20 Min. (Live)
4:22 $0.99
6. That We Might Live 4.06 Min. (Live)
4:08 $0.99
7. Called by His Name 4.17 Min. (Live)
4:19 $0.99
8. Wildlife Refuge5.14 Min (Live)
5:16 $0.99
9. Good Enough 4.23 Min. (Live)
4:25 $0.99
10. Easter Morning 5.21 Min (Live)
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Patrick Welch Bio

When I started high school, I began to have an interest in music and performance taking voice lessons and singing in the choir. I decided I would learn to play guitar. Dad made me pay for the first one, a Kay F hole. He knew a few chords and had been a travelling singer as a young man. He played banjo and harmonica as well. My best friend learned to play stand-up bass, and we became the “Others Brothers”. Soon a female friend joined and we added “And” to our name. We learned humor from the Smothers Brothers, and harmony from The Everly Brothers and Peter Paul and Mary, getting material from all and creating some of our own music and skits.
In college, I continued to play wherever I could and sang in the men’s chorus, doing a tour of Europe in, maybe 67. I played at the Café Extempore in Minneapolis and in that environment, saw many local greats like Koerner Glover and Ray. All inspired me, but a very talented guy named John Ylvisaker made me think more about song writing. He had a song called, “That’s The Thing I Don’t Like About Jesus,” which I liked. He told me to play it and expand on it…write more lyrics, encouraging me to be creative. I still play that song from time to time.
Graduate school at Duke offered more opportunities to perform, and especially in the antiwar and social justice venues. I was placed at a coffee house in Atlantic Beach as the, “director”, which meant I played every night as the primary entertainment. I began to write more and got experience in performing for an audience. I used to go up to DC and play at the Cellar Door for open mic. On one occasion, Steve Stills brought his new band, Manassas, and played right after my slot. I was honored to be warm up for such a great artist. After Seminary, I failed to get a position working for the Methodist Student organization at NC State. The rejection was a huge blow to me and caused me to become very depressed, bad for head, good for songs.
During a ride, back from the beach, I picked up a hitch-hiker named Tim Lafone. Tim was standing outside a beach bar called the “Barnacle”. The band at the Barnacle were friends of mine and I am still in touch with some of them. They were all in the Navy and had a good folk/ bluegrass band. (I still have their album) Tim turned out to be great harmonica, dulcimer, and guitar player. That became the start of a lot of fun. Tim and I travelled across the US playing in clubs and other venues as Reverend Patrick welch and Kid Syncopate. We played as songwriter artists for the grand opening of the Sangre De Cristo Art Gallery in Pueblo Colorado. Some other notable gigs included; playing for the Bacardi Bros. at their vacation site in Steamboat Springs. At Tulagis on the Hill in Boulder we opened for Paul Butterfield Better Days Band, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mc Ghee with Sonny Boy Williams, and The James Cotton Band, when Matt Murphy was guitar man. These were exciting times. We traveled all the way from New Mexico to California, playing wherever we could, even on the street in Berkeley.
We gave up , for a while, I got a job at a dry cleaning store, Tim went back to NC, but soon we reformed as a band, Good dog, and got a gig in Aspen Co. at the Holiday Inn. It was a year when there was very little snow and the hotel would not pay us our full pay. We gave up again, only to reform in New York City a little while later.
In New York, we formed a new group called Light Reign which featured a female singer. We played all over New York and New Jersey, at such fancy places as Broadway Charlies, the Big Apple Celebration, Olunney’s, Kenny’s Castaway Club, Folk city, City Limits, The Silver Dollar, and many others that I can’t recall. During that time, at a club called the High Side Inn, in Wayne, New Jersey, I met my wife Gail. She was, and is beautiful…I laid down my guitar and asked her to dance, that was 40 years ago. My song, “Stay”, chronicles this event.
As is often the case, the band disassembled, with Tim going back to NC. I met some new musicians and we started a band called the Concrete Canyon Band. I played with them until Gail and I, and our 3 children moved to NC.
In North Carolina, I began to need to be more “normal” and used my M.Div. degree to secure work in mental health services which I continued in, until Ronald Reagan cut budgets and we eventually lost my job and our house. During this time, I played with some local fellows at various local events---once played bass for the famous country singer Bill Phillips who wrote “Big Rock Candy MT.” This progressed to a new band called the Double Nickell band where I regularly played both “Voice of God and Moment of Prayer.” I made an Album at the time called, “Dream Hero Daddy.”
From there I found a path that would take all of my education as a starting point and entered a 15-month chaplaincy training program at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. While there I started work on a doctorate and then became the director of the Center For Growth and Development, a company supplying mental health services to manufacturing facilities; moving easily to working for a psychiatrist in Greenville, NC. I became ordained during this time and began serving as pastor to several small churches in eastern NC. I continued working as a pastor for 32 years, serving churches throughout western NC. During this time, I continued playing music in and out of church. In one church to which I was sent, the organist had a small jazz pop wedding band and he and the drummer both played in church every Sunday. This was a pleasant surprise and kept me writing and practicing. Our next stop, was our last in ministry. While serving 2 small churches near Winston Salem, I had a quadruple by-pass surgery accompanied by a heart attack and a stroke. This ended my years in ministry as I could no longer walk or talk. After a lengthy time of rehab, with the help of my wife Gail, who is a nurse, I began to recover, but was forced to go on disability, then retire.
How do you re-make yourself after that long stint? I had cards made up as a singer songwriter, began trying to get my hands to work and regain singing ability. I met a young blues player named Ryen Roots hosting an open mic event. Ryen said, “You have a gift and a responsibility to use it.” Since… I have been regularly going into these kind of environments and discovered several new internet based A&R companies, like Taxi, who have helped me get noticed and market my songs…even from a record made in 1980. The words to new song express some of my feelings. “I was there 50 years ago, and I ain’t dead yet”, thank God!



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