Tommy Keyes

Dunboyne, County Meath

A blast from the past - original singer-songwriter music at its very best.

Tommy Keyes was the keyboard player for Sidewinder, a mainstay of the Dublin rock scene in the late 1970s, and wrote many of their most popular songs. Nearly 40 years later, after a career outside music that left no time for gigging, he returns with a stockpile of great songs that defy categorisation. Rock? Pop? “It’s 1970s singer-songwriter music”, he says, “because that’s what I am.”

He has released three albums to date, all recorded in Sun Studios, Temple Lane with some of Ireland's top session musicians, including Dick Farrelly and Richie Buckley. These are An Irish Life, The Sad Pursuit and Some of These Stories are True. His fourth album, Temptation Once Again, is due in late 2018. His single Christmas Eve in Dublin, released in aid of Focus Ireland, topped the Irish iTunes singer-songwriter charts in November 2017.

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