Music

David Keenan

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Experience an extraordinary evening with David Keenan, an innovator in Irish songwriting. His distinct style, characterised by poetic lyrics and soulful melodies, has earned him great critical praise. His chart-topping albums and captivating live performances mark him as a standout artist in the music scene. Keenan has a way of connecting people in story & song with an inimitable emotional depth that is rarely found. This is a live gathering not to be missed. 

“Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down”

– Pat Carty, Hot Press Magazine.

Tue 24 October 2023

Doors: 7.00pm; Starts: 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 / £13 concession

David Keenan has built a reputation as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and live performers. A prolific output includes two critically acclaimed albums “A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery” released in 2020, reaching number 1 in the Independent Charts & the 2021 follow up “WHAT THEN?” marked Keenan’s worth as an artist intent on pursuing their own path. Other works include a published collection of poetry “Soundings of an Unnamed Bird”, live album/concert film “Alchemy & Prose” (2020) and his new album “CRUDE” (2022) followed by the EP “CRUDE BOYO” (2023).

Keenan has toured consistently throughout Europe and North America with notable events including two headline nights in Dublin’s Olympia theatre, the main stage of Electric Picnic, residencies in Paris and New York’s Irish Arts Centres & writing the music for Evanne Kilgallon’s experimental play “AN LÁR”.

The powerful and uplifting single “An Irish Song” was just released before an illuminated headline show in The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Described by Hot Press…”There is no longer any doubt whether he’ll be able to fit the massive space – in fact, the space moulds to fit him.  It seems he’s finally found a stage big enough to hold him, though the high roof and rows of seats were bursting at the seams from the sheer power within”.

His fourth studio album is due for release in early 2024.

 

PRESS REVIEWS

“The epic sweep of Van Morrison, the high notes of Tim Buckley, and the soul of Samuel Beckett.”
– Michael Mann, The Guardian

 

“A defining work of visceral genius from a soul aflame with both the poetry of his ancestors and the fire of the future.”
– Mike Davies, Folk Radio

 

“On the new album, David Keenan presents himself as both an unconventional singer-songwriter and an acknowledged inheritor of his fellow countryman James Joyce.”
– Ullrich Maurer, Gaesteliste. (Germany)

 

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