Old soul, baritone, beatnik-folk singer-songwriter from Regina SK, Keiffer Mclean began writing songs in his mid-teens and has since developed into a songwriting virtuoso who has made appearances at several high-profile festivals, including Folk Alliance International, Musikfest, Prairie Barge Festival, Lilac Festival, CMW, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Gateway Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, and JUNOfest. He is a two time nominee in the Canadian Folk Music Awards ‘Young Performer of the Year’ category.
Keiffer had a very successful 2014 with the release of his debut full-length album Drama in the Attic (March 18, 2014). The album is a strikingly lush and original listen that received recognition from the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards garnering him a nomination in “Young Performer of the Year” category, as well as strong praise from international media:
Kayla Beattie of BeatRoute raved, “This album would be the perfect soundtrack to a lazy day, while you soak up the sun on the bow of a boat that’s rocking back and forth on calm waters, sipping spiked lemonade and wishing the summer (and the album) would never end.”
Thomas Keller from folkworld.eu said, “He has that easy-going thoughtful hippie voice who likes his beat jazz as much as his folk…This is an accomplished album and should bring a smile to your face as you dig into these fine songs.”
Mackenzie Herd for Exclaim.ca said, “The composition of the album is steeped in tone and riff experimentation made impressive by his ability to craft a fascinating song without distancing the listener.”
Coming from a musical family, Keiffer is adept at a variety of instruments, having played the accordion and slide whistle to several songs on Drama in the Attic. But in addition to his own contributions, Keiffer is joined by several accomplished musicians, including his uncle Al Muirhead, a Calgary-based jazz musician who has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Paul Anka and Tommy Banks.
“I was attempting to write songs in a different manner, trying to find new methods,” says Keiffer. “For example, the song ‘Jive Turkey’ was originally about a friend of mine. I was busking at the time. I had a bunch of songs but they were really too long for people who were passing by to catch anything memorable. I needed a song to catch their attention so I started singing the poem.”
“I started writing songs when I was 16 and now that I am 20 I am already looking at music with a whole other viewpoint,” he says.
“It’s your old self but it’s your new self.”
Another major highlight from last year includes a performance at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA along with six more tour dates in the USA.
Amy Freedman of wtop.com caught their show in Washington and said, “I have the opportunity to hear lots of emerging bands and solo artists. It’s extremely rare that one completely stops me in my tracks. These guys have that hard to describe something…completely unique yet somehow familiar.”
2015 has been off to a great start with showcases at Folk Alliance International, a video distribution deal with Pulse Records for song “Headful of Diamonds”, and licensing song “Jive Turkey” with feature-length film Basic Human Needs (Basic Human Needs Productions Inc.).
CBC Music - "Songs you have to Hear this Week" March 10, 2015 — Keiffer Mclean, 'Jive Turkey'
For being a landlocked province, Saskatchewan is sounding like a beach vacation getaway in this Searchlight entry from Regina's Keiffer Mclean. "Jive Turkey" gives you a laid-back jam from a guy who, though he sounds like he has the musical experience of a longtime veteran, is only 20 years old!
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Concert: August 16, 2015 - 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. - Souris Valley Theatre - Estevan, Saskatchewan - Summer's End
June 25 – 25 Ross Street Patio – Red Deer AB
June 24 – Velvet Olive – Red Deer, AB – 7:00
Monday, June 22 – Owl Acoustic Lounge – Lethbridge, Alberta CAN
Saturday, June 20 – Chances – Kamloops, British Columbia CAN
Wednesday, June 17 – Café Deux Soleils – Vancouver, British Columbia CAN
Tuesday, June 16 – Jamie’s Lounge – Tofino, British Columbia CAN
Monday, June 15 – Duncan Garage Showroom – Duncan, British Columbia CAN
Saturday, June 13 – 10:00 p.m. Char’s Landing – Port Alberni, British Columbia CAN
June 10 – Minstrel Café – Kelowna, BC– 8:00
Monday, June 8 – 8:00 p.m. Ironwood Stage and Grill – Calgary, Alberta CAN
Saturday, June 6 – House Concert – The Gog – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, CAN
Friday , June 5 – Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts – Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, CANSaturday, May 23 10:00 p.m. – Cathedral Village Arts Festival – The Artesian, Regina, SK CAN
April 9, 2015 - With Danny Oliver, Scott Richmond, Megan Nash, Nick Faye, Tyler Gilbert - The Artful Dodger - Regina 8:00 p.m.
April 8, 2015 - International Day of Pink - University of Regina - Multipurpose Room - 7:30 p.m.
April 4, 2015 - With Colter Wall - Abstractions Cafe - Regina, SK 7:00 p.m.
March 31, 2015 - With Val Halla - O'Hanlons - Regina, SK 9:00 p.m.
March 28, 2015 - Common Weel Fundraiser - The Artful Dodger - Regina, SK
Private Showcases - Breakout West - Folk Alliance – February 19t-21, 2015 – Kansas City, Missouri
Cafe Deux Soleils – September 28 8:00 p.m – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC Prairie Barge Festival – August 30 – 3:00 p.m. – Winnipeg, MB
Perchfest – August 17, 2014 – 3 PM – Katepwa Provincial Park, SK
Silvana – August 10 – 10:00 p.m. – New York, NY
Caffe Vivaldi – August 10 – New York, NY
Musikfest – August 9, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. - Bethlehem, PA
Tirnanog – August 7 – Baltimore, MD
Electric Maid – August 3 – Washington, DC
Driftwood Char Bar – July 31 – Minneapolis, MNAll Folk'd Up in Montmartre - July 4 - 6, 2014 Montmartre, SK
June 28, 2014 - Frontier Days - Swift Current, SK
June 19, 2014 - Private Function - Moose Jaw SK
Transition House Fundraiser - June 5 - Regina, SK
The Artful Dodger - with The Archers - May 29, 2014 - 8:00 p.m. - Regina, SK
Moose Jaw Festival of Words - Java Express - May 28, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Lilac Festival - May 25, 2014 - 4:30 - 5:30PM 92.9 15th Avenue Stage, Calgary, AB
Cathedral Village Arts Festival - Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre - May 22, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.
All Mighty Voices - CD Release - May 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM - The Artful Dodger - Regina, SK Canadian Music Week "How the West was Won" - Friday, May 9 - Gladstone Hotel - 9 PM Toronto, ON Canadian Music Week - Thursday, May 8 - C'est What - 12:00 (midnight) Toronto, ON
CD Release Concert: The Artful Dodger, March 26, 2014, Regina, SK
Qu’Appellle Valley Centre for the Arts, November 16, 2013, Fort Qu'Appelle SK
Calgary Folk Club: CFMA Nominees Showcase, November 9, 2013, Calagary AB
McNally Robinson, November 8, 2013, Saskatoon SK
'Headful of Diamonds' music video release, The Artful Dodger, October 23, 2013, Regina SK
Kindersley Culture Festival, September 27, 2013, Kindersley, SK
Parking Day, September 20, 2013, Saskatoon SK
University of Regina, September 14, 2013, Regina SK
O'Hanlons (with LES JUPES), September 10, 2013, Regina SK
McNally Robinson, September 6, 2013, Saskatoon SK
Bushwakkers Brew Pub, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Regina SK
Symphony under the Sky, August 18, 2013, Wascana Park, Regina SK
Regina Folk Festival 2013, August 9 to 11, 2013, Regina SK
Midsummer's Art Festival, August 3, 2013, Fort Qu'Appelle SK
Gateway Festival, July 26 2013, Bengough SK
Ness Creek Music Festival, July 20-21 2013, Ness Creek SK