Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2010)
Nineteen year-old blues guitar player, Keith Hallett of Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been turning heads for a few years now. He has something to say through his music and the audience feels it instantly. Keith has been playing guitar since the age of 13, got into the blues at 15 and has enjoyed studying and playing it ever since. In a very short period of time, Keith has been able to play many festivals and special events such as the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, the Dutch Mason Blues Festival and Fredericton's prestigious Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. He has had the opportunity to open for such groups as Grady, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Watermelon Slim and the Workers, and has shared the stage with names such as Matt Andersen, Ross Neilsen, Morgan Davis, John Cambelljohn, Thom Swift and The Lee Boys.
Last year, Keith's hard work paid off in the form of the 2007 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, presented to him during the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Keith Hallett's future is a bright one. Loaded with a ton of talent and audiences falling in love with his infective style on a daily basis, he is sure to be around for a long time to entertain us.