Keith Mullins, Artist of the Week
Runs Dec. 1-5th.
Keith Mullins was born and raised in Cape Breton, NS, and has been playing music all his life. His family is also musical, playing all styles of music from the hits to jazz to Cape Breton fiddling and country. He lists his influences as influences as Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Gordie Sampson, Steven Browers, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen.
Keith is a multiple award winning songwriter with a degree in classical music and has studied with master drummers in West Africa and Cuba. Keith has performed and toured with many Cuban musicians as a percussionist/drummer, has toured the world playing with East Coast’s finest musicians and has worked in many aspects of music, from creation to production to performance.
His album “Localmotive Farm,” released in 2010, shares the name with his own Community Supported Agriculture farm in Nova Scotia that feeds families in need, and won the 2012 ECMA award for World Album the Year. His 2011 album “The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project” was a collaborative project where he created a CD that schools could use for fund-raising. That album won the 2012 ECMA award for Children’s Album of the Year and the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Children’s Album of the Year. Mullins also won the 2012 & 2013 Educator of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards.
In January 2014, Mullins, along with album co-producer Chris Kirby, TV producer Jimmie Inch and cameraman Ian McInnis, went on an amazing journey to record and document the making of Island Sol at the famous Egrem Studios in Havana Cuba. For the album, he put together a band of stellar Cuban musicians and co-wrote songs with Canadian songwriting heavyweights such as Lennie Gallant, Gordie Sampson and Steven MacDougall.
Mullins recently co-wrote “Let You Down,” which was featured on Matt Andersen’s latest album Weightless.