Dolans Presents have announced that singer/songwriter David Keenan will play Dolans Warehouse on 15th December. Keenan, currently accompanying Hozier on his European tour, has announced his Limerick date as he prepares for the release of his first studio album in January.
Keenan first came to national attention some years ago when a video was posted online showing him performing in the front seat of a taxi in his native Dundalk.
Since then, the storytelling troubadour has completed a US tour and has been praised as the most promising up-and-coming voice in the Irish folk scene.
His debut album, A Beginner's Guide to Bravery is set for release on January 10th and is described by Keenan as "A document of experiences with the human condition from before to present tense. It all happened live over the course of a week in the Dublin Mountains and my intention was to retain all the rawness and vulnerability, madness and unfiltered truths that make me who I am”.
Keenan is renowned for his poetic style of songwriting and capturing raw emotion alongside his soft spoken and melodic vocals. There's a unique intimacy to his music and his arrival onto the music scene is very much welcome.
Glen Hansard has called Keenan “one of our best… he is extraordinary, it’s our duty to support fine talent when we hear it, see it, experience it”.
Keenan is likened to “a young artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own”.
He has been obsessed with words and melodies since he was a very young boy and names the works of Behan, Yeats and Wilde as lyrical influences. His musical style has been influenced by the likes of Dylan, Buckley and The Dubliners.
His work has been inspired by the storytelling and character creations of his grandfather who "took the boat over the water and gathered tales and tunes of his own, learning his craft and expressing his love of language".
Keenan has guested with the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard and most recently with Hozier’s European tour. He is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about young artists.
His live shows are pitched as visceral, spiritual and communal events "where Keenan moves between a one man and his guitar monologue to fronting a band whose sound only acts as a carrier for the songs further solidifying their intent".
In 2018 Keenan was lauded by Hot Press journalist Pat Carty as "the most promising young artist in Ireland without any doubt".
He is described as "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".
2017 saw Keenan release his first single Cobwebs through Barrack Street records. The single was praised by critics and contemporaries alike.
David Keenan’s Dolans Warehouse performance is certain to be a night to remember and tickets are expected to sell quickly. Tickets go on sale this Friday 20th September and can be purchased at www.dolans.ie.