“I wrote this song on a train from Amsterdam to Cologne, finished it as the train ceased to move, brought it in me to a Chapel in Cologne, sang it for the first time, left the Chapel with a liberated German bible under my arm as a souvenir. Reconciling my act of theft with the thought that it would be a useful reference for a line or two at a later date, and that the greater good must prevail…” – David Keenan.
Young Irish singer-sonneteer David Keenan stokes the flames and turns up the heat ahead of his debut album release early next year, with the release of new single ‘Unholy Ghosts’. The lyric video for the song is a stunning, unfolding animation by London-based Spanish film-maker Alejandra López Martín.
The release of ‘Unholy Ghosts’ rounds off an exciting year for the Dundalk native, which has seen him tour all over Ireland, the UK and Europe with both Hozier and Rodrigo y Gabriela, host a sold-out, five-night residency at the Irish Arts Centre in New York City, sign with Rubyworks and record and ready his eagerly anticipated debut album – ‘A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery’ – which will be released on Friday 10th January.
David Keenan is spending the days of Advent on tour around Ireland with his live band. Come find him at:
7th December – Ruby Room, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
13th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway
15th December – Dolan’s, Limerick
19th December – Acoustic room at the INEC, Killarney
20th December – Live at St. Luke’s, Cork
22nd & 23rd December – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
11th January – The Empire, Belfast
13th January – The Olympia, Dublin.
Last word to David Keenan: “‘Unholy Ghosts’ is an independent state of its own reckoning that graciously allows me the liberty of hopping the wall from time to time. Once inside I am taken on a tour by a young man, living on the skids by his wits – or lack of – seeking solace amongst the forgotten few who still cling to the ankles of Beauty. Broken but proud, down and out, yet retaining pride and hope, a sense of real desire, ideals and aspirations.”
‘Unholy Ghosts’ is released by Rubyworks on Friday 6th December 2019.