Joe Keegan, age 19 is a singer/songwriter, world renowned Irish Dancer and musician from Bolton in Greater Manchester!
Joe first discovered he could sing when music teacher, Steve Martin, asked him to sing in a music lesson when he was only 11. Mr Martin said, “You remind me of the first time I listened to Danny from McFly when I taught him at the same age!”. He went on to win Young Musician of the Year and then Young Composer of the Year; the rest is history.
Joe Attends the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – A world leading institute of music in the North West of England.
In the 2014 Joe auditioned in Manchester for a television talent show. His Father Mike said “When Joe was 11, he said to me, ‘Dad I want to be on TV’, so I tried my best to get him there.” In early 2014 Joe was lucky enough to be featured on the hit BBC1 show, The Voice UK, where he made it onto team Kylie.
Joe who is an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist (he plays piano, guitar, drums, and flute) has been song-writing since he was 12. He won the Manchester Irish Festival Musician of the Year song-writing competition in February 2013 competing against established musicians and went on to open the Manchester Irish Festival with his song. The judges said his winning song ‘China Town’ was very commercial. His latest music video on YouTube, performing ‘Tales of an Old Town’ makes for familiar viewing to people from his local area, filmed in the picturesque scenery of Rivington, Lancashire.
Joe has a number of musical influences. “I’ve grown up surrounded by Irish folk music. It’s part of my musical DNA and it’s something i have a real passion for. I listen to bands like Mumford and Sons and The Vamps also individual artists such as Tom Odell and Newton Faulkner. However, as the first band I ever really fell in love with was Coldplay, I’d like to think the the music i write is a combination of both pop and folk.”