Welder's Dog formed in 2009 in Tenterfield NSW Australia. Their music is influenced by their family and cultural histories. The early pioneers and the settlement of Australia, along with the tumultuous history of Ireland are particular areas of passion. But contemporary issues are also important, as are their family ties.
The three members of Welder's Dog are Peter Harris and the two brothers, Michael and David Moore. Michael and David have strong Irish heritage while Peter has Welsh blood mixed with some Spanish / Irish by way of South America. The name of the band is based on an old Aussie saying "Blind as a welder's dog" usually meaning drunk. But to the band, the dog is alert and suspicious to make up for not seeing very well. And ready to sniff out any injustice!
The music making of Welder's Dog has a strong Celtic basis, with a dash of Spanish and South American scales and moods. All three members sing solo and harmony lines. Mick plays various percussion creations including the infamous "welderphone" - a sort of lagerphone with a more industrial flavour. Dave plays guitar and mandolin. Peter is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a long list of instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, mandola, Irish bouzouki, bass recorder, dulcimer, harp and piano. Peter also creates a variety of extra orchestrations in Logic Audio.
The sound of the band is quite broad, ranging from gentle songs with beautiful melodies to powerful songs with driving rhythms and dynamic solos. Often the guitar is used to anchor the beat and harmony, while mandolin, bouzouki or recorder floats above with passionate lines. The band has performed regularly at the Australian Celtic Festival, and are also helping to promote the new Celtic Music Awards, with the aim of raising the profile of music with a Celtic influence.