Award-winning Canadian recording artist Andru Branch named his band Halfway Tree after the bustling music district in Kingston, where he has recorded and performed with many of Jamaica’s most celebrated musicians. Branch recorded his Juno-nominated debut album with members of The Wailers, his critically acclaimed second album with Ziggy Marley’s rhythm section and his most recent album Step Into The Dub with the Halfway Tree reggae band, featuring legendary Studio One bass player Brian Atkinson.
Bob Marley’s music had a profound effect on this New Brunswick-born singer/songwriter. Raised by a peace activist single mother and Jamaican father figure in Toronto, Andru honed his skills on percussion alongside Bernie Pitters and Raffa Dean at the legendary Bamboo Club throughout the 90s. Mentored by The Wailers’ percussionist “Seeco” Patterson, Branch has since gone on to back many of Jamaica’s top reggae artists including Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Richie Spice, Luciano, Junior Reid, Cocoa Tea, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Marcia Griffiths, King Yellowman and Gregory Isaacs, to name a few.
Awarded “Inspirational Recording of the Year” at the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Awards for his third album Step Into The Light, Branch’s four-album discography boasts multiple award nominations, including two ECMAs for “World Recording of the Year”. Andru Branch is currently in pre-production for his forthcoming fifth studio album and accompanying full-length documentary film, featuring a host of Jamaica’s foundation reggae musicians.
Championing the preservation of authentic roots reggae music and the timeless message of peace, love and unity, Andru Branch & Halfway Tree continue to inspire fans around the globe, promoting equal rights and social justice. The band performs extensively at clubs and universities, at music conferences (NXNE, International Folk Alliance, COCA, ECMA, NSMW) and at festivals including Reggae Sunsplash, the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and Evolve. There are few groups that consistently deliver such an authentic, bass-heavy, richly textured, roots reggae sound. Their music is gloriously hypnotic and their message is positively uplifting. Canada's music authority Exclaim! Magazine calls it "nothing less than stunning". www.halfwaytree.ca