Halifax folksinger, songwriter and storyteller, Dusty Keleher, has been recording and releasing music for nearly 25 years.
His early work was mostly in the folk/rock genre, but after travels to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and after studying in the Irish studies department at Saint Mary’s University, it took a turn for the Celtic.
His most recent release, The Way to Grace (b/w The Road to Connemara; songs and stories in the old style) is a double lp set.
Three sides are originals backed by Ellen Gibling on harp, Gina Burgess or Colin Carrigan on fiddle, Glenn Coolen on whistles and pipes, Mark Currie on bodhrán, Benn Ross on drums, and Lukas Pearse on the bass.
Side four is a collection of songs and stories in the sean nós or old style, a traditional form of Irish folk singing. Inspired by the great sean nós singer Joe Heaney. Dusty recently adapted The Road to Connemara into a stage play performed at the Halifax Fringe Festival.
Drawing on his studies of folklore and storytellers, and his keen knowledge of local history, Dusty joined the Halifax Ghost Walk in 2010; sharing the city’s history and folklore with tourists and locals alike.