Colm Keegan is an Irish singer and musician who joined Celtic Thunder in 2012. He plays guitar and piano and also writes music himself. Keegan has also performed with Irish music stars Celtic Woman and The Priests.
Keegan was born in Dublin and was seemingly destined for a career in music from a young age. He was part of the Palestrina Choir which performed regularly in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. He then joined the Piccolo Lasso Choir where he was coached by respected vocal trainer Ken Shellard.
Keegan was confident singing solo in front of large crowds and won several awards for his performances. Before he was 12 he had sang in New York’ St Patrick’s Cathedral and in front of the Pope in Rome.
While attending secondary school in Dublin, he played the lead role of Sky Masterson in a theatre production of Guys and Dolls. He also toured around Europe with the Habemus Chamber choir and played in any sports team he could when found the time. He played for his local soccer, Gaelic and hurling teams and also played rugby for his school.
He studied music at University College Dublin and expanded his range of musical genres. As a young man with an exceptional voice and the right image for the music industry he was inundated with offers of work.
Keegan was getting used to performing in big venues. He featured in The Priest’s concert at the O2 Dublin and sang with Peter Corry at the Helix.
While at university he also stepped the other side of the curtain and worked as assistant director for local theatre productions of Les Miserables, West Side Story and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
He graduated in 2011 with a BA honours music and Irish degree. He joined Celtic Woman’s choir and got to see the world as he toured around Europe, the USA and Japan.
After a year with the Celtic Woman choir, Keegan was offered the chance to join Celtic Thunder. He first performed with the group at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City in June 2012 and settled in with the others straight away.
He was part of their record breaking DVD Mythology, which got to number one on Billboard’s prestigious World Music Charts, and has been heralded as Celtic Thunder’s greatest work to date.
Keegan established himself as a key member of Celtic Thunder after the Mythology tour. His performances on the guitar and the piano, as well as his singing voice, added another dimension to their spectacular live shows. He is happy with his career with Celtic Thunder and intends to continue to tour and work on his own material.