14-Year-Old Keelan Making Waves On The Irish Country Music Scene
Keelan Arbuckle (known as Keelan) from Burnfoot, Co.Donegal has recently arrived on the Irish Country Music Scene and is already having a huge impact.
He had a keen interest in music from a very young age, as he would sit and watch his grandfather play the accordion and sing. When he was 9 he asked for a guitar, went to lessons and started playing and singing in his school choir and concerts. He won one of the top prizes at “Pop Goes Primary”, and this was followed up by winning the under 15’s at “The Clonmany Talent Competition” when he was only 12.
Last year, Keelan, who is now studying at Crana College in Buncrana, was one of the top four prize winners at “The Roaring Meg Busking Festival” and also played “The Clipper Festival” in Derry. His “dream came true” when he was invited to sing at The Grand Olde Opry while in Nashville on the same stage where his idols have performed.
Keelan’s big breakthrough came when he came to the attention of Steve Bloor (Steve Bloor Media). Steve was so impressed with Keelan that he immediately signed him as artist management. Under Steve’s guidance Keelan has released his debut 10-track album “That’s Important To Me”, recorded three music videos – all of which have been shown on most of the Country TV Shows on SKY Channels 191 & 266. He is also featured on the upcoming ‘FEILE’ TV Show which will be shown in July on Ireland’s TG4 Channel.
Well known promotor & DJ, Joe Finnegan at Shannonside/Northern Sound Radio was also very impressed with Keelan and invited him to make a guest appearence at the annual “Midsummer’s Day With The Stars” at Roscommon Racecourse on Sunday 28th June, along with Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley, Michael English plus many more top names in Irish Country Music. He will also be performing at many venues and events across Ireland this summer.
“Amarillo By Morning” could have been written espeically for Keelan’s voice – the simplicity of the arrangement and his understated delivery are bound to have DJs spinning his tracks for many years to come.