Dusty Keleher


Dusty Keleher 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 ancient Irish ballads to songs from the folk/rock canon. Original modern day tales on subjects far and near. From whatever genre and tradition he draws on, Dusty brings a heartfelt soul to all the songs he sings.

Songs in the player above are sung in English and Irish languages

He has been releasing work since the mid 90's when he went by the name Dusty Sorbet. Putting out lo-fi 4 track cassette recordings and then making the big jump to compact disc.

2004's independently released "Wanderers Grounds" was nominated for Best Folk/Roots recording by Music Nova Scotia (formerly known as The Music Industry of Nova Scotia MIANS).

In 2009 a short run of two eps "East to Ireland" volumes 1 and 2 came out after Dusty traveled to Ireland and started focusing his music on more traditional sounds.

2010 saw Dusty join The Halifax Ghost Walk as a storyteller. Combining his love of folklore, history and performance, he guides locals and tourists like on this 2 hour walking tour through the city's downtown core. Go to http://facebook.com/thehalifaxghostwalk to see reviews

2015 saw the release of "Not a Mile From Spancil Hill" a collection of pub songs and ballads featuring Ellen Gibling on Harp and Glenn Coolen on whistles and uileann pipes.

2017 The new record has been pressed
The Way to Grace b/w The Road to Conamara is the title of the two record set

The Way to Grace is a collection of original songs recorded with Ellen Gibling on harp, Gina Burgess on violin, Colin Carrigan on violin, Glenn Coolen on whistles and uilleann pipes, Mark Currie, on bodhrán, Benn Ross on percussion and Lukas Pearse on bass.

Folk rock and Irish inspired songs about physical and spiritual direction and the places we go. One song is sung entirely in the Irish language. It is presented here on one CD and three sides of vinyl.

The Road to Conamara is the second CD and last side of vinyl. Songs and stories in the old style, acapella. Songs from the Irish tradition inspired by the great sean nós singer Joe Heaney.