COLM KEEGANSOLO ARTIST
Colm Keegan is 25 years old and hails from Dublin in Ireland. As a schoolboy, Colm studied under vocal coach Ken Shellard and won several highly acclaimed awards at the Dublin Feis Ceoil singing competition. During this time he was also a lead soloist with the Palestrina Choir (under the direction of Ite O’Donovan) and a regular performer at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Colm has performed with the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral, New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome where the Pope was in attendance.
From this lofty beginning, Colm went on to join the prestigious Piccolo Lasso Choir and the Habemus Chamber Choir, with whom he recorded several CDs, partook in an extensive European tour and performed as a lead soloist in Spain, Ireland, and The Czech Republic. Colm also has a great love of musical theater and has played the lead role of Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls”, and has been cast in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirate’s Of Penance”.
Colm won a music scholarship to attend University College Dublin, where he was conferred with an honors Degree in Music and Irish in 2011. While he was studying in UCD he was invited to join the choir of Celtic Woman for their “Songs From The Heart” CD and DVD Public Television special, and has since toured with the production in the US, Europe and Japan. He has also performed with PBS favorites “The Priests” at the O2 Arena in Dublin and alongside Irish tenor Peter Corry at the Helix, Dublin.
Colm is a very keen sportsman and plays rugby, Gaelic football and hurling. He has represented Leinster in the Junior Cup for rugby and has been on a Leinster Final winning team for Gaelic Football. In addition to these team sports Colm has also completed several triathlons. He loves travel and new experiences and has travelled widely both with his music career and with the charity Habitat for Humanity, where he has worked building houses with local communities in Ghana and Zambia.
Since graduating college in 2011, music has continued to be the main focus in Colm’s life. He is currently honing his skills as a songwriter and a performer and has eclectic musical influences, drawing from his Choral, Irish, Pop and Folk backgrounds, all helping him develop his own style. Colm was invited to join Celtic Thunder by producer Sharon Browne in May 2012 and was delighted to join with the other principals Keith, Ryan, Neil and Emmett. Colm first performed with Celtic Thunder at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City in June of 2012 and subsequently toured with the Celtic Thunder in the US and Canada fall tours in 2012 and 2013. 2014 saw Colm’s first Australia tour – Celtic Thunder Mythology, he also returned to the US with the Celtic Thunder in the Fall of 2014 for the Symphony Tour and was onboard the Celtic Thunder Cruise 2014 in November that sailed to Bahamas and the private island of Thunder Bay. Colm also traveled the US with Celtic Thunder on the Very Best Of Tour that ran in Spring 2015. He has recently returned to his adopted home of Glasgow, where he lives with his wife (and former Celtic Thunder Cellist) Laura Durrant. Colm is currently completing his Masters Degree in Education at Glasgow University.