Seán Keane, described as the distinctive voice of Ireland will bring his music to An Taibhdhearc between May and August, 2018 nightly at 8p.m. Seán who comes from a very musical family in Caherlistrane Co. Galway has been performing around the world for nearly forty years, and has been described as the `greatest musical find of the 90’s by ‘The London Independent’. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts.
Singing was his life, even in early childhood; by the time Seán reached his teens, he had collected thirteen All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Cheoil competitions. He was by then an accomplished whistle and flute player as well and had taken up the uilleann pipes and bodhrán.
When he joined his first group, ‘Shegui’, he had already served a long apprenticeship; after travelling throughout Europe with the band, he left to join ‘Reel Union’, a group which also featured sister Dolores and accordion player Máirtín O’Connor. Later, he was part of ‘Arcady’, with such well known names as Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, Sharon Shannon and Frances Black.
After a short flirtation with the theatre when he played in the Druid production of the ‘Midnight Court’ and the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Sheep’s Milk on the Boil’, Seán embarked on his solo career in 1993. ‘All Heart , No Roses’ received rave reviews and was chosen as ‘Debut Folk Album of the Year’ by Q Magazine. In the years following, success continued with Meteor Award nominations, ‘Best Male Folk Performer’ from Irish Music Magazine (three times) ,a similar award from the London ‘Irish World’, as well as numerous Irish accolades. ‘A Portrait’, a collection of Seán’s songs, is a multi-platinum Irish seller. All of his solo albums are platinum sellers and remain in constant demand.Six solo albums later, Seán Keane continues to delight audiences all over the world with his live performances and recorded work. He tours regularly with his band in Ireland, Austria, Germany, the US and Canada as well as appearing at major festivals world-wide. Seán released his tenth solo album in November 2016 titled ‘New Day Dawning’.
Songs like ‘One More Hour’ ‘Natures Little Symphony’ have become favourites from the album. Seán continues to sing songs like ‘Isle of hope Isle of Tears’, ‘From Galway to Gracelands’, and ‘Fields of Gold’ on his set each night. His compilation 3 CD set entitled ‘Never Alone’ still proves popular among his followers.
Come along to hear his distinctive Irish tones pull at the heart strings and hear him play up to five instruments on stage here in An Taibhdhearc between May and August of this year. Seán will be joined by Fergus Feely on Mandocello and Pat Coyne on guitar. You can follow Seán on Facebook and YouTube. www.Seankeane.com
Performances take place Monday nights over May, June and August at 8p.m.
Tickets are priced at €25 with discounts for group of 10+ and available
from An Taibhdhearc’s Box Office on 091-562024 or online here