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#CIVLssBattle finalists showcase their talent

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Mission's John Welsh joins Tristan Smith and Franklyn Currie on stage July 19 at Mill Lake Park.
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The three finalists of #CIVLssBattle take to the Envision Financial Concert in the Park stage this Saturday.

The winner of the CIVL Radio Battle of the Bands singer/songwriter competition, John Welsh, will share the stage with Franklyn Currie and Tristan Smith at the Kariton Art Gallery stage in Mill Lake Park (2387 Ware St.) from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more than 10 years, Welsh has been performing his eclectic style of music for audiences around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. He got his start in the college house party scene playing songs to which everyone could sing along. Welsh draws influences from artists such as Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Sam Roberts and Joel Plaskett. His songs are often inspired by his travel experiences and blend elements of folk, surf rock, reggae and Latin.

Currie was born and raised in Abbotsford, and finds inspiration for his emotive songs in the vast fields of the Fraser Valley, and the train-tracks and alleys lining the core of Abbotsford. Driven by his passion for writing and making music, Currie’s soft-spoken, “alternative country” style blurs the edge between downhome and downtown.

Smith has a powerful, sweet-sounding voice that makes you stop and look, and a songwriting style that will have you fighting ear-worms until bedtime.

CIVL Radio 101.7FM is the campus and community-based radio station at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

For more information about the Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series, including the full concert schedule, call 604-852-9358, send an email to info@abbotsfordartscouncil.com, or visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

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