Dream comes true for ‘West of Eden’

Bray People - - News - Deborah COLE­MAN

THE AD­VEN­TURE started very sim­ply for part­ners Kenn Davis and Cindy O’Ke­effe.

As mem­bers of the up-and-com­ing mu­sic duo West of Eden, a sin­gle mes­sage on mys­pace has helped their dreams come true.

Af­ter many years spent play­ing the live-mu­sic cir­cuit in Ire­land Davis who hails from Ti­na­hely, and Dublin na­tive O’Keefe couldn’t be­lieve their luck when they were in­vited to meet with a top New York man­age­ment com­pany with a view to sign­ing a record deal.

‘With the growth of the in­ter­net, the on­line world has elim­i­nated bor­ders and smashed dis­tances bring­ing the world closer and more to­gether in a global com­mu­nity.

‘In to­day’s mu­sic in­dus­try mu­si­cians sud­denly have the pos­si­bil­i­ties of get­ting their mu­sic to an even wider and more di­verse au­di­ence at a much faster pace,’ says Davis.

Three months of tour­ing in the United States soon fol­lowed where West of Eden built up a good re­la­tion­ship with their new man­age­ment.

An­other trip is sched­uled for 2009.

Suc­cess has not come for the duo without plenty of hard work. West of Eden is not the first band ei­ther have been in­volved with. There was also a group called Rakataka which, as they say ‘ran its course’.

It was then that West of Eden was es­tab­lished in­cor­po­rat­ing O’Ke­effe’s unique and melodic voice and Davis’ gui­tar ac­com­pa­ni­ment to max­i­mum ben­e­fit.

Hav­ing reached num­ber one in the al­ter­na­tive down­load charts and num­ber three in the in­de­pen­dent down­load charts with their de­but EP ‘Everyday thing’ in 2007. ‘From the first day we played to­gether we gelled. Our styles are com­pletely con­trast­ing, our voices too but it’s the com­bi­na­tion of the two voices and styles that makes it work,’ says Davis. He adds that the con­trast in their styles and back­ground is what helps them cre­ate their unique sound.

‘Cindy comes from a jazz / blues back­ground. Her grand­fa­ther was a jazz trum­pet player who played the mu­sic cir­cuit back in the day. She is in­flu­enced from Nina Si­mone, Ella Fitzger­ald and the like.

‘She’s a very soul­ful singer and th­ese in­flu­ences ooze out of her ef­fort­lessly and flu­ently. I on the other hand am more of the raw kind. I’m a self-taught gui­tarist and have been writ­ing songs for over 15 years and have been craft­ing a unique style that is com­ple­mented greatly by Cindy’s own per­sonal style.’

Davis com­pares him­self to a ‘mu­si­cal sponge’ which soaks ev­ery­thing up and even­tu­ally leaks it out.

Wex­ford and Wick­low have been reg­u­lar venues for West of Eden in­clud­ing Paddy Blues in Gorey and venues in Aughrim and An­nacurra which in turn have pro­vided a solid fan-base.

Mu­si­cal part­ners Kenn Davis and Cindy O’Ke­effe are cel­e­brat­ing their mu­sic scene break­through.

West of Eden have formed a solid fan-base around the county.

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