Primary Instrument: Guitar
Brad Keller has been a professional musician and educator for seventeen years. His multi-dimensional musical influences range through Jazz and Blues to Bluegrass and Country and continue through Folk, Rock, Classical and many varieties of World Music.
In April of 2001 Brad co-founded The Creaking Tree String Quartet. The acoustic quartet also features the work of John Showman (fiddle), Brian Kobayakawa (double bass) and Andrew Collins (mandolin). Brad and the band have performed throughout Canada and the U.S. including such geographically diverse locals as the N.W.T, the Yukon and Newfoundland in Canada, and large urban centers such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle in the US. They have performed at a wide range of venues including: The Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Blues Festival, The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival , The Stratford Concert Series, The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Calgary Folk Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Seattle Folk Life and on the Roots and Branches Stages at the I.B.M.A. Fan Fest in Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee.
In early Oct '09 thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Brad released his first CD under his own name entitled “House On Fire. Keller decided to assemble some of Toronto's finest musicians to perform his latest compositions featuring a variety of different instrumentations including Piano, Rhodes, B3 Organ, Double Bass, Drums, Tenor Sax, Clawhammer Banjo, Violin and Mandolin. House On Fire is an All-Instrumental release written and performed primarly on the Acoustic Guitar, but also displays some of Brad's Electric Guitar skills for the first time on record. This recording was recently nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year: Solo at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Awards:Juno Awards: Nominations: Roots and Traditional Album of the year: Group (2004, 2011) Instrumental Album of the Year (2009, 2011) Canadian Folk Music Awards: Winner: Pushing The Boundaries (2005) Instrumental Album of the Year: Group (2007) Pushing The Boundaries (2007) Nominations: Instrumental Album of the Year: Group (2005) Best Ensemble (2007) Instrumental Album of the Year: Solo (2010) The Acoustic Project Awards: Winner : Instrumental Album of the Year (2004) Nominations: Instrumental Album of the Year (2007) International Acoustic Music Awards: Winner: Instrumental Song of the Year (2005)
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