Paddy Keenan in Concert
Venue: The Unitarian Church, St. Sephen's Green, Dublin
Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan, Sr. of Westmeath and the former Mary Bravender of Co. Cavan. The Keenans were a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin when he was 14.
He later played with the rest of his family in a group called The Pavees. At 17, Paddy left Ireland for England and Europe, where he played blues and rock. Returning to Ireland after a few years, he began playing around Dublin with singer/keyboardist Triona Ni Dhomhnaill and singer/guitarist Micheal O Dhomhnaill. Fiddler Paddy Glackin joined the three, and they asked flute player Matt Molloy to play with them shortly thereafter.
Accordion player Tony MacMahon joined the group, and then guitarist Donal Lunny, liking what he heard, joined as well, and the loosely-knit band began calling itself Seachtar, the Irish word for seven. Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years as he has pursued a solo career. He tours the world, playing festivals and gigs in the US and Canada, Ireland, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, and the Far East.