It’s natural that Celtic Thunder will attract comparisons over their cover versions, but the group has enough distinct voices to stand out
Colm Keegan began his love affair with singing behind a songbook as a church choirboy in Dublin.
Now the 24-year-old is a member of Celtic Thunder, the internationally successful Irish singing group that is bringing its biggest show yet, Mythology, to Australia in May.
The Mythology DVD debuted at No.1 on the ARIA chart and remained on the chart for 25 weeks.
Mythology is a mix of traditional Irish favourites like Danny Boy, covers, and original compositions like Voices, written by musical director David Munro.
“What makes the show special is the diversity in the genres that we do perform,” Keegan says.
Among his songs in the show, Keegan performs a cover of Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence, which was written after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in the 1960s.
“It is difficult in that you’re going to be automatically compared to one of the greatest songwriters of all time straight away,” Keegan says. “(But) I am fortunate to sing one of my favourites songs.”
Keegan, who was a lead soloist in the Palestrina Choir, began singing when he started speaking and his siblings all sang and played the guitar and piano.
“Music in Ireland is second nature to every family and ours was no different,” he says.
It will be Keegan’s first trip Down Under.
“I think I’m the only person in Ireland who hasn’t been to Australia,” he says.
During the tour members plan to pay homage to 46year-old principal singer George Donaldson, who died from a heart attack last month. Celtic Thunder play Jupiters Hotel & Casino Theatre on May 25.