Rubyworks are very happy to welcome David Keenan to the label. The Dundalk-born story-teller has developed a loyal, ever-growing following over the last couple of years with a series of acclaimed self-released EPs, building his own sound-world of songs and characters, while mapping out and shaping his debut album. Over the coming months, both established fans and new-comers will have the opportunity to discover the myriad talents of this preternatural new talent.
Says David: “I’d like to share the news with you all that I have signed with the Independent Irish label Rubyworks. I’ve always trusted my gut, listening to whispered advice stirred up from the subconscious. The songs are the self, the soil of the soul and the decision to allow them more time to breathe as an album came first with the decision to collaborate with Rubyworks coming shortly after.”
Initially scheduled for a summer release, David Keenan’s first album -‘A Beginners Guide To Bravery’ – will be released on Rubyworks on Friday 10th January 2020. The first taste of the record came on Friday 13th September, with the release of ‘Tin Pan Alley’, accompanied with a video shot live in Hellfire studios in the Dublin mountains.
Of ‘Tin Pan Alley’, David says: “‘Tin Pan Alley’ came to me many moons ago. In a foreign flat, the thoughts of my daily reprieves flooding my head. Namely, walking the streets of London in the pissings of rain, absorbed by the narrow cobbled streets whose only purpose it seemed to me was to lead a man to another point of bewildered fascination.
The atmosphere thickened at night and from the cigarette smoke and fog came wordsmiths and melody men whose names had long since been lost, save for a yellowed newspaper article I’d found in a drawer of my digs, interminably waiting for a God or a Godot or a lost lover to dance that last slow dance before the sun woke up.
That’s what I was seeing as the song revealed itself. That’s what I see now, except the faces have changed. I was alone in reality, but in the song I was not.”
A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery starts with the release of ‘Tin Pan Alley’ on Rubyworks on Friday 13th September.
David Keenan tour dates:
15th September – Symphony Hall, Birmingham*
16th September – De Montford Hall, Leicester* 17th September – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff* 19th September – Apollo Theatre, Manchester* 20th September – City Hall, Sheffield*
22nd September – City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne* 24th September – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow* 25th September – Usher Hall, Edinburgh*
27th September – Corn Exchange, Cambridge* 28th September – Guildhall, Southampton*
30th September, 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th October – The Palladium Theatre, London* *supporting Hozier
7th October – The Islington, London (headline show)
17th October – The Bowery Electric, New York City
22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th October – Irish Arts Centre, New York City
1st November – Puca Festival – Drogheda, IE
2nd Nov – Crossing Borders Festival – The Hague, NL 30th Nov – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint, NI
7th December – Ruby Room, Castlebar, IE
14th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway, IE
15th December – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, IE 19th December – INEC, Killarney, IE
20th December – Live at St Luke’s, Cork, IE
22nd & 23rd December – Spirit Store, Dundalk, IE
11th January -The Empire, Belfast, NI 13th January – The Olympia, Dublin, NI
5th March – Edinburgh, Mash House, Edinburgh, UK 6th March – Glasgow, King Tut’s
7th March – Surf Cafe, Newcastle, UK
8th March – Yes, Manchester, UK
10th March – The Cookie Jar, Leicester, UK
11th March – Cafe Totem, Sheffield, UK
12th March – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK 13th March – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
15th March – Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK
16th March – The Joiners, Southampton, UK 17th March – Moth Club, London, UK
19th March – Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris, FR
21st March – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam, NL 22nd March – Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, DE
25th March – Papiersaal, Zurich, CH
26th March – Ampere, Munich, DE
27th March – Chelsea, Vienna, AU
28th March – Chapeau Rouge, Prague, CZ 30th March – Poglos, Warsaw, PL
1st April – Badehaus, Berlin, DE
2nd April – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg, DE 3rd April – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK 4th April – Krøsset, Olso, NO