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Ugly Horse is a family band which has been bringing Celtic and Maritime music to the GTA for over three years. The bands four members, Stuart Strickland, Jessica Welsh, Brian Welsh and Hodgey Stone each play a variety of instruments, bringing a wide range of styles and experience into a fun, raw, and authentic experience.
Has over 40 years of experience playing multiple instruments including; Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Accordion, Bodhran, and Uilleann Bagpipes to name a few. His passion for music started at a young age with bluegrass and country blues based music and has been a life long obsession. Brian brings an element of style and experience to the group that strongly shows his passion for music.
Brian Welsh’s daughter, Jessica also plays a variety of instruments including: Mandolin, Tenor banjo, Irish Bouzouki, Guitar, fiddle, Cello, vocals and Hammered dulcimer. Jessica’s passion for music comes from a long history of love for many different styles of music, and a childhood growing up in a highly musical household. Jessica has been playing music professionally for 5 years and brings an element of edgy, technical, high energy playing that provides an essential part of the over all sound of the band.
Jessica Welsh’s husband, Stuart has been playing guitar, and singing for over 17 years. Stuart plays a variety of instruments including: Guitar, Mandolin, Irish bouzouki, Tenor Banjo, Harmonicas, Vocals, and Great Highland bagpipes. Stuart’s rural upbringing in a small fishing town in outport Newfoundland and his newfound musical influences through Jessica and Brian Welsh had a tremendous effect on Stuart’s current musical output. In doing so he is now touching base on his Irish and Newfoundland heritage through music and lyrics. His vocal’s are often described as very raw and real, and offers a unique and edgy spin on traditional Irish and maritime music.
Stuart’s Cousin, Hodgey also grew up in a small fishing community in Newfoundland and this has always had a true and heartfelt effect on his personality. Truly one of a kind , Hodgey also plays a variety of instruments including: Guitar, Harmonicas, Vocals, calhoun, Bodhran, and many other hand drums. Hodgey brings an element of simplicity, and raw high spirited energy to the group. The audience is often spellbound by his ability to lose himself in his music.
The end results are in their charismatic sound and their raw energetic stage show!