about

Wes’ musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop.
Live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate, both solo or with a combination of his four piece line up (Wes – vocals and guitars, Ben Haines – drums and percussion, Jools Street – violin, Bradley Blackwell – bass, keys, mandolin).

Over the last few years Wes has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Lucy Ward, Merry Hell and O’Hooley & Tidow at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.
2015’s album, “Awena” is a collaboration with acclaimed producer Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, O’Hooley & Tidow) and is a collection of dark and twisted songs sitting somewhere near the folk/new folk bracket.
Wes is currently working on new, brighter and more electronic sounding material with his band for a 2017 release whilst also exploring the words of William Shakespeare and putting them to new original music.

Praise for ‘Awena’:

“…a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music…Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness” (Nigel Williamson in Uncut)

“Awena is a remarkable and totally original record, a triumph that could well turn out to be career defining in announcing the arrival of Wes Finch as an exceptional song-smith.” (Folk Radio)

“Disturbingly brilliant” Roots Magazine.

“Awena is a brilliant record that makes me think of Villagers and The Unthanks meeting in the Twilight Zone.” (Folk Radio)

“A blast of originality, primal energy and musical magic in a market saturated with cloned artists and homogenised songs” – Gerry Diver

“A potent combination at the edge of modern music making and, I suspect, something of a game changer.” (FATEA)