Brona Keogh

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Though she may be a rel­a­tively new name as a solo act, Dublin singer­song­writer Brona Keogh’s en­chant­ing vo­cals might be fa­mil­iar to some.

Once a mem­ber of the now dis­banded Ir­ish folk ensem­ble Gypsy Rebel Rab­ble, Keogh would often catch the ear of lis­ten­ers when merely pro­vid­ing back­ing har­monies. De­spite this, she’s been rather quiet in the in­ter­ven­ing years.

“I didn’t re­ally have much self-be­lief,” she re­flects. “I was very shy when I first started and used to hide be­hind ev­ery­one in the band. I was just the back­ing vo­cal­ist, so I re­ally had to over­come a lot of stage fright and anx­i­ety.”

A nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment has been the an­ti­dote – with for­mer band­mates pro­vid­ing con­stant en­cour­age­ment, Keogh re­cently sup­ported the likes of David Kitt and I Draw Slow. Now armed with the nec­es­sary self-as­sur­ance to match her am­ple tal­ent, Keogh launches her de­but sin­gle ‘Sea Witch’ Up­stairs in Whe­lan’s at the end of the month.

There­after, she’s head­ing to Sri Lanka for a month to take up a mu­si­cal res­i­dency, be­fore em­i­grat­ing to New Zealand.

“I’m not go­ing there to be­come a sheep farmer and stop play­ing mu­sic,” jokes Brona. “We have some other record­ings done al­ready, so we’re go­ing to work on them while I’m in New Zealand. Ob­vi­ously I won’t be gig­ging in Ire­land, but there’ll be more re­leases com­ing.”

Brona Keogh plays Up­stairs in Whe­lan’s, Dublin on Septem­ber 30.

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