David Keenan to play Limerick in first live gig at Dolans in over five months

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Dolans Presents are delighted to announce David Keenan who is set to be the first live act to perform in front of an audience at Dolans in over 5 months. David Keenan will play Dolans Warehouse on Wednesday 2nd September in front of a strictly limited audience with full social distancing measures in place.

Audience numbers for this show will be limited to 40 people. 10 socially distanced tables with 4 people per table will go on sale next Monday at 10am.

This show is subject to public health guidelines and more tickets may come available as public health guidelines change.

The shows will celebrate the release of Keenan's first live album Alchemy & Prose, due out on Record Store Day on August 29th.

David has also announced that the first track from the album will be Big Boys Must Cry, live from The Olympia.

Last year David Keenan accompanied Hozier on his European tour and released 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 was released in January to critical acclaim.

The album 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’.

David Keenan performs to a strictly limited audience at Dolans Warehouse on 2nd September. Table of 4 will go on sale next Monday morning at 10am and are expected to sell fast so early booking recommended at www.dolans.ie.

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