The Way To Grace b/w The Road to Conamara Release Party Feb 24 The Old Triangle

posted by Dusty Keleher on Wednesday January 24




Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 2018


Growing up, Dusty Keleher‘s family was always proud of their Irish heritage, often celebrating it with a whole lot of drinking. But Dusty knew there was more to it than that. He’d heard tales of his grandfather, Howard, performing at Halifax variety shows in the thirties; and being called on to sing at social gatherings. So, when circumstance and fortune allowed, Dusty set out to uncover the history, culture, music and folklore of his roots.


Dusty is now releasing the fruits of his labour, a two-record set titled The Way to Grace (b/w The Road to Conamara). The thesis-of-sorts is a culmination of a decade’s worth of exploration and study of Irish history, folkore and song.


The Way to Grace is a collection of originals, many inspired by his studies and travels throughout Ireland. It was recorded with Charles Austin (Superfriendz, Buck 65, Old Man Luedecke, Al Tuck) at the Echo Chamber in North End Halifax and features Ellen Gibling (harp), Gina Burgess and Colin Carrigan (violin), Glenn Coolen (whistles/pipes), Mark Currie (bodhrán), Benn Ross (percussion) and Lukas Pearse (bass).


The Road to Conamara is a tribute to the great Joe Heaney who was a master sean nós singer and storyteller. Sean nós or “old style” is an Irish form of acapella singing. Keleher found his way to Heaney while enrolled in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University and The National University of Ireland – Galway. The Road to Conamara is a collection of a cappella songs and stories from the tradition, recorded at his home in the Irishtown district of Halifax one afternoon over a bottle of Jameson’s.


Keleher’s Irish roots run deep. Six generations ago his great-great-great-grandmother Mary Leahey, was on one of the few boats from the famine to make land in Halifax. Her husband Patrick, and son John, were butchers in downtown Halifax. Their shop was one block up the hill from where Dusty will release his record.


The Way to Grace album release will take place Saturday, February 24th in the Seanchaí Room at The Old Triangle. Show begins at 7pm with an Irish session followed by the release party at 8pm. The Way to Grace b/w The Road to Conamara will be available for purchase at the show.