An Irish Songman With a Poet’s Soul

Experience an evening with David Keenan, an extraordinary innovator in Irish song writing.

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’s work exists outside of the mainstream. His lyrics are steeped in poetic shapes and forms, matched by a  musical rawness that serves a visceral and deeply emotive live approach. He has a way of connecting people in story and song with an inimitable emotional depth that is rarely found.

“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.

David Keenan hails from the border town of Dundalk, Ireland, and has become one of the country’s best known songwriters and live artists in recent years. Still in his twenties he’s always refused to pander or conform to the expectations of others and has released new and varied work while touring consistently since 2017.

Keenan has toured consistently with notable events including two headline nights in Dublin’s Olympia theatre, the main stage of Electric Picnic, residences in Paris and New York’s Irish Arts Centres & writing the music for Evanne Kilgallon’s experimental play “AN LAR”. David has  delivered his fascinating tales set to indelible tunes at sold out gigs far and wide,  from the New York City Winery, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Irish Cultural Centre London,  to the EU ala Paradiso and the Islington Assembly Hall, UK.
Keenan has a way of connecting people in story and song with an inimitable emotional depth that is rarely found.

Two critically acclaimed albums “A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery” released in 2020, reaching Number 1 in the Independent Charts and the 2021 follow up “WHAT THEN?” marked Keenan’s worth as an artist intent on pursuing his own path.

The powerful and uplifting single “An Irish Song” has been released ahead of his forthcoming studio album, due for release in early 2024.

”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”.  – Hot Press

“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

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


Friday 19 January at 3pm
Saturday 20 January at 6pm
Sydney Festival –  ACO, The Neilson (The Thirsty Mile)

Wednesday 24th January
The Gov, Adelaide SA

Saturday 27th January
George Lane, Melbourne VIC

Tuesday 30th January
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD

Wednesday 31st January
Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne VIC

Friday 2nd February
Meeniyan Hall, South Gippsland VIC