Dusty Keleher
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Dusty Keleher

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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“he is a purveyor of old time country and folk songs--lovingly written and energetically rendered (with a whole lot of feeling as well).

Chris Cwynar Argosy - Mount Allison's Independent Student Journal Online feb 03
- Mount Allison Student Union

"Chronicle Herald"

“nothing grandiose or tortured about his tales, but they are easy to relate to”

stephen cooke chronicle herald dec 15 / 03
- Chronicle Herald

"Dal Gazette"

“Dusty's tunes, crafted with out force and are true to tradition”
Lindsay Dobbin Dalhousie Gazette march 25/ o4
- Dal Gazette

"Daily News"

“fun loose live energy”
Marla Cranston The Daily News - Daily News

"Dusty Keeler and his band The Rusty Wheels"

"...roots rock that digs in deep" - Q104-FM


"His Songs are like a favorite old blanket you wrap around yourself at a campfire. His personal brand of folk is a welcome listen anytime."

Lezlie Lowe, Aliant.net - Aliant


Dusty Sorbet (1995)
The Night The Lights Went Out In Birdland(1996)
In Time (1998)
A Still Life With Time Nick Nacks (1999)
Unfinished Business (2001)
Wanderers Grounds (2004)
Rain or Shine (2006)
Under The Radar and Over The Canyon(2007)
Stealin' -A Collection of Covers (2008)
East To Ireland - Volume 1 (2009)
East To Ireland - Volume 2 (2010)



Dusty writes songs that tell a good story and searches out gems from the past that do the same.

Simply put, roots/traditional music that takes its cue from what ever can be played on any combination of guitar, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, fiddle and pipes. From Irish ballads both ancient and original to Appalachian kick-ups and modern day tales on subjects far and near, Dusty brings a heartfelt soul to all the songs he sings.

Dusty has been performing for over twenty years, has released nine CDs and was nominated for best Folk Roots recording in 2004 by the Music Industry of Nova Scotia. For many years he has provided music to the bustling crowds at local Farmer's Markets and was twice voted Best Busker in Halifax’s weekly newspaper, The Coast (1997, 2002).

He started out like many folk singers, listening to and learning from the masters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, The American Anthology of Folk Music and his songwriting reflected that Americana vibe. After traveling to Ireland in 2007, he changed course to study the folk music and folklore of Ireland as well as the language of the Gael and now concentrates on this more traditional sound. Still, a few Old Tyme songs, some foot stompers and the occasional interpretation of a Dylan classic can find its way into a show.

Over the years he has shared the stage with such notable acts as Bob Wiseman, Bob Snider, Garth Hudson, Al Tuck, Old Man Luedeke, and Amelia Curran.

A few video links
East To Ireland from the Al Whittle Theatre 2011

Margaret Apple Brown form Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Nova Scotia, November 2011

East To Ireland, recorded at the Halifax Farmer's Market in 2009