Bolton Lad Makes National TV
Joe Keegan, age 19, from Bolton in Greater Manchester performs on national television.
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 won Young Musician of the Year and then Young Composer of the Year; the rest is history.
Joe attends Thornleigh Salesian College Sixth Form, and is studying ‘A’ levels in Music, Classics, Maths and Geography.
In the summer, his father, Mike, took Joe for auditions in Manchester for a television talent show. “When Joe was 11, he said to me, ‘Dad I want to be on TV’, so in some ways I’ve got him to this goal.”
Joe who is an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist (he plays piano, guitar, ukulele, 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 adult 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 and it’s now part of my musical DNA. My real passion is folk music in general and I listen to bands like Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale and Gentlemen of Few and 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 that my music is a concoction of pop, rock and folk music.”