Im classically trained on the piano and taught myself the guitar. I started songwriting as a teenager and studied Music in College. When I joined Athlone School of Music in 2006 as a full time piano teacher I began to network and meet some great musicians. In 2009 I started up an original band called Spokenspirit (all the songs were written by me) and we had a number of successful gigs around Ireland. We played as a four piece band and also as a two piece band for acoustic gigs. In late 2010 two of the band members were relocating so the band dissolved. Once the band split I continued to play solo gigs and to write songs.
Here is a review of a solo gig I played.
Arts and Music Promotion Athlone
The headline act of the night was Deborah McKeown who proved she is one to watch with her strong, contralto vocals and equally strong composition skills. Deborah is truly an original, skirting the fringes of classification with a good variety of melodic, memorable material. Coming from a background as a piano teacher, this multi-instrumentalist is able to manifest her musical inclinations on the guitar in a way that guitar-bound composers often don't. One truly gets the feeling that Deborah's songs would shine through, regardless of what instrument she chose to realise them on. Halfway through her set she was joined by local vocal instructor Andrea Sacchi, whose well trained voice added a wonderful richness to Deborah's songs.