Rusty McCarthy - Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and one of the finest Blues and Jazz guitarist on the scene today. With a career spanning three decades and sharing the stage with some of the finest performers in the world. As a free-lance guitarist Rusty has jammed and played with pop's Alanah Myles, Tom Cochrane, Bare Naked Ladies and played Blues with Jeff Healey, Jerome Godboo, The Blues Brothers, Steve Strongman, jazz with Bill Frisell, Holly Cole, Molly Johnson, Folk with Colleen Peterson and Katherine Wheatley. His musical projects have him travelling the world, often as band leader and guitarist with Mary Margaret O'Hara. Notable shows were in London, New York and L.A. sharing the stage with music icons Sting, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, Steve Earle, and Elvis Costello. TV Appearances include N.B.C.'s Night Music', BBC 'Top of the Pops," and Much Music. Major gigs include Roskilde Festival, Den. ATP Festival Somerset, Eng, Edmonton Folk festival, Wexford Opera Festival Ire., Pop Montreal.
Along the way Rusty has found time to hone his craft as a songwriter - devoting more time to finding his niche in the performance world, and it's being appreciated. CBC's Fresh Airs host Mark Rheaume choose Rusty's 4th Folky CD 'Letter to Kilkenny' as Oct 2011 artist to watch for.
Recent Gigs: March & October tour in Ireland, Guelph Jazz Festival, and upcoming Toronto Jazz Festival and Calgary Folk Festival.
Rusty released his 5th CD 'October Blues'2012 and a second Blues CD ( Recorded in ireland) is due June and another Acoustic Folk CD is underway.