The Keystrings started as a duo, playing covers and performing small shows in the corners of local coffee shops and bars. They started writing their own music and adding original songs to their live shows, amongst the ever growing repertoire of cover songs and mashups. One fateful day, they were offered to open at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. Jill and Dan called on friends Jeff Cameron and Todd Charbonneau to help with the writing process and round out their sound. Their added energy is what gives the band that energetic, alternative rock dynamic that you hear today! 

During the pandemic, while being locked in their own houses, the duo carried on performing over 40 online shows, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for different local establishments and charities. Now that venues are back open, they have gathered again to perform live, but most importantly, record and release two debut albums: A Mixtape For My Girlfriend (fun, energetic songs for a good time), and; Kiss Me, I Love You (duo-inspired songs for easy listening). 

Dan Austin

Straight out of Ottawa Canada, Dan puts his heart into every show. In 2018 he changed the direction of The KEYSTRINGS from a duo style cover band, into a now, five piece band. He likes to layer the songs he writes with meaning and strives to make them fun and relatable. His stage presence will have the audience engaged as his mindful vocals capture their wonder and beg you to sing along. . 

Jill Austin

East coast in her blood, music in her soul, Jills first love is the piano. Her unsuspecting and delicate vocals give The KEYSTRINGS their harmonic sound. Playing piano for most of her life its no surprise, Jills influence comes from bands like Cold Play, Alicia Keys and The Jimmy Swift band.

Dr Todd Charbonneau

Todd has been shredding on the guitar since the age of 15. Music speaks louder than words; although, he’s a man of few words, his sizzling guitar solos speak volumes and leave you wanting more. Todd loves a good chat thread, and is the Rock to our Roll. 

Jeff Cameron

Jeff has 15+ years of Pipe Band Snare drumming experience under his belt, and has competed in the both World and North American Pipe Band Championships.  He’s a traditional style player that knows his way around most percussion instruments, and made the jump to the drum kit in 2015 without missing a beat. 

Gene Charbonneau

Gene is a guitar player at heart, but we needed a bass player… so here we are. He was initially brought in to help with the production of our first studio album and played bass on many of the recorded tracks. Gene then filled the backline for The KEYSTRINGS, 10th Anniversary Tour, Live and Local! 

The Band