JOHN WIES – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John's percussive playing style, distinctive vocals, and inspired lyrics establish the foundation of Weiswald. Performing locally as a soloist and in various bands in Seattle since 2001 (currently as front-man for the Tom Waits tribute band 'The Bleeding Romeos'), John has also taken the stage in far flung places such as Japan and Korea, had his work showcased in Alaskan theatrical performances, and gotten air-play on Mongolian radio. John’s influences include blues, rock, bluegrass, jazz and numerous singer/songwriters; shaping a body of work that is familiar to the ear yet challenges traditional categorization.
LEE WHALEN – Bass
Providing the low end for Weiswald, Lee has spent a decade building a successful recording and performing career as a bassist on both coasts. Though trained as a jazz musician, Lee has clearly demonstrated the ability to cross genres. He has performed with theater orchestras, rock bands, R&B and blues groups, jazz and fusion ensembles, country-western bands, Cajun/Zydeco bands and gypsy-jazz ensembles.
MIKE YOUNG – Drums, Percussion, Back-up Vocals, Noise
Driving the beat with an arsenal of percussive accouterments, Mike also provides backup vocals and has been known to carry flutes, whistles, a melodica, and harmonicas. Mike’s professional music carreer began in 1980 when he provided backup vocals for African singer/songwriter Saidou Richard. Since then he has performed and recorded in the Seattle area with a variety of groups, most recently with singer/songwriter Doug Fleming Jr. Mike’s main influences include progressive rock, jazz, Irish music, and classical.
Photographs by Dan Ray