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David Kennan Shares Single and Announces Album Release

June 10, 2021

David Keenan releases ‘Bark’, the second taste of his forthcoming new album – ‘WHAT THEN?’ – which will be released on 15th October.

‘WHAT THEN?’ was recorded at Black Mountain studios, not far from David’s home town of Dundalk. The album was produced by Jonathon Mooney of Portland, OR indie rock band Other Lives. David explains: “‘WHAT THEN?’ details my dealings with the human condition, an imagining and re-imagining of what was, what is and my place in it all. Expect all types of weather on the hopeful road towards clarity.”

The album is preceded by a second new track. ‘Bark’, described by its author as – “an endorsement of irreverence, a wired psyche in flux, wildly howling itself to order” – picks up the story that started with the new album’s lead-off release of ‘Peter O’Toole’s Drinking Stories’. The young Irish singer-storyteller drew on first-hand experiences and lucid creativity of his time spent in Paris and Liverpool, offset by the idiosyncratic traits of growing up in the estates of Dundalk. ‘Peter O’Toole’s Drinking Stories’ was picked up and warmly welcomed by Irish media folk, as well as Clash, Radio X, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio in the UK and KINK in The Netherlands.

The artwork for ‘Bark’ is designed by Finnish-based, UK-born illustrator Ian Bourgeot, and it continues the creative theme started with ‘Peter O’Toole’s Drinking Stories’; where every song from the album will have artwork specially commissioned by David, working with visual artists from around the world whose work he admires.

‘WHAT THEN?’ will be released by Rubyworks on Friday 15th on limited edition yellow vinyl, CD and cassette. Merch bundles are available to pre-order at


13th October – Limelight 1, Belfast
6th December – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
8th December – Dolans, Limerick
9th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway
10th December – Spirit Store, Dundalk
12th December – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

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