Brad Keller

North York, Ontario Canada

Brad Keller
Genres:Folk, Easy Listening, Country - Bluegrass, Country - Alternative, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Jazz - Fusion, Jazz - Free/Avant-Garde, Specialty - HumanDrama/Emotions, Specialty - Americana/Western, World - Celtic, Blues - Electric
Bio: n April 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.A 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 Calgary Folk Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Stratford Concert Series, Seattle Folk Life, The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival and twice on the Roots and Branches Stage at the I.B.M.A. Fan Fest, in Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, to name just a few.

The C.T.S.Q has received glowing reviews in the Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, NOW Magazine, Exclaim Magazine and numerous feature articles and reviews can also be found in issues of Dirty Linen, Sing Out, Wholenote, Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass North, Strings, Relix and Mandolin Magazine. Acoustic Guitar Magazine selected their first album in their top 5 of 2003 in two separate editor’s choice lists and in the spring of 2005 Brad was featured in the March/April edition of the American-based Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, accompanied by the score of his composition Ghetto Rag.

In the Studio as a session player Brad has worked for Los Angeles based CMH Records on their “Pickin’ On” series, as well as Toronto based Somerset Entertainment on their “Solitudes” series. Brad currently endorses Bourgeois Guitars, Shure Wireless Systems and Elixir Strings.

In early Oct '09 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, claw hammer banjo, violin and mandolin. House on Fire is an All-Instrumental release written and performed primarily on the Acoustic Guitar, but also displays some of Brad's electric guitar skills for the first time on record. This album was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year: Solo at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Awards and Grants

Juno Awards:

Roots and Traditional Album of the year: Group (2004)(2011)
Instrumental Album of the Year (2009)(2011)

Canadian Folk Music Awards:

Pushing The Boundaries (2005)
Instrumental Album of the Year: Group (2007)
Pushing The Boundaries (2007)
Instrumental Album of the Year: Group (2005)
Best Ensemble (2007)
Instrumental Album of the Year: Solo (2009)

The Acoustic Project Awards:

Winner :
Instrumental Album of the Year (2004)
Instrumental Album of the Year (2007)

International Acoustic Music Awards:

Instrumental Song of the Year (2005)

C.C.F.T.A: Professional Development Grant (2004)

C.C.F.T.A: Composing Grants (2005)(2007)(2010)

C.C.F.T.A: Specialized Sound Recording Grant (2007)

C.C.F.T.A: Career Development Grant (2009)

O.A.C: Popular Music Creation Grant (2007)(2010)

T.A.C: Composing Grant (2004)(2010)

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