When the new hit Irish dance and rock show, ROCKIN’ ROAD TO DUBLIN, arrived for its concert in Muskegon, MI on Oct. 2, cast member / bass guitarist JOHN BALDWIN celebrated a homecoming.
Adopted at birth, Baldwin found his biological family in 2011 on ancentry.com, and since has met his older brother and several cousins. This fall, when ROCKIN ROAD TO DUBLIN kicked off the first leg of its 60-city tour, the popular musician visited his birth mother’s grave on Sept. 25 in Evansville, IN.
In Muskegon, he met for the first time his two younger brothers — Porter Ward and Joe Ward, Jr. — who both live in Battle Creek.
“I met Porter for the first time an hour before showtime,” says Baldwin. “He was about a foot taller than me with giant arms and tattoos and an incredibly soft-spoken and gentle nature. He was awesome! He took me home after the show where I met his two boys, my nephews. The next day was a day off for Rockin’ Road so Porter took me to meet my other new brother Joe Ward Jr. and his two boys. While the visit was brief, I was glad to put a face to our phone calls and look forward to making another excuse to visit them in Michigan.”
Baldwin said he is “beyond thrilled” about the opportunity that this tour gives me to meet his biological family members.
“Touring with ROCKIN’ ROAD TO DUBLIN means so much to me, and adding these important meetings to the trip makes it even more special and intense,” adds Baldwin, who has toured professionally with the Celtic rock band The American Rogues, and has been the opening act for Steely Dan and Michael McDonald, and recorded with Will Lee and Tommy Newsom. “I wouldn’t miss this experience for anything.”
Learn more about John Baldwin here.