TOMMY KEYES – BACKGROUND AND REVIEWS

Tommy Keyes was a stalwart on the Dublin rock scene in the ‘70s, as keyboardist and songwriter in
several prominent bands, then disappeared to an entirely different career for almost 40 years. Since
returning to music in 2015 he has drawn on his network of stellar musicians to aid him in producing
albums which hark back to the classic era of songwriting. Asked to describe his music, he says “it’s
1970s singer-songwriter music because that’s what I am”.
Ageing With Attitude, released on 12 October, is his fifth album and his best to date. Keyes is a
storyteller and, like any good story, the album is organised into a beginning, a middle and an end.
Using a variety of styles ranging through pop, rock, blues, rock’n’roll and even a bit of music-hall
swing, he brings us back to teenage romance, the hopes and dreams of young musicians, middle-age
disillusionment and the ups and downs of declining years. His lyrics are in turn humorous and
perceptive, while the arrangements make sublime use of the likes of Richie Buckley (sax), Dick
Farrelly (guitar) and a string quartet directed by Rob Molumby.
Some tracks to draw particular attention to:
Ageing With Attitude – a boisterous take on growing old disgracefully
Go With You – received substantial radio play on its release as a single in May
Walk Away – hit no 1 in Irish iTunes singer-songwriter chart on release as a single in September
Listen To the Rain – featuring backing vocals arranged and performed by Thomas Walsh of Pugwash
Grafton St 1979 – a love letter to Dublin as it was in the era of “The Man On The Bridge”

Some reviews of earlier albums:

Just as there’s a lived-in quality to Keyes’ voice there’s an appealing sense of reality about songs
that, taken collectively, serve as a virtual narrative for the growing pains of the modern Irish rock
scene – 8/10 (Hot Press review of An Irish Life)
Team Dublin’s finest, Richie Buckley, Dave Fleming, Dick Farrelly, with a man who exudes a classic
Seventies songwriting style and you get a sophisticated set that, as US radio bosses say, “Suits all day
parts” (Evening Herald review of Temptation Once Again)
Tommy Keyes may well have been around the music scene for a while but for me he is a “new
discovery”. Well-crafted, interesting original songs, inspired by life, love and living. (Niall Toner RTE
– Temptation Once Again)

Further information

See www.tommykeyes.com or contact Tommy at 353 87 2260098 or tommykeyesmusic@gmail.com

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