Killian Keating storms charts with debut single

by James Hendicott
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Finglas native Killian Keating has stormed the Irish charts with his debut single ‘Syncopated Blue’, with the single, released towards the end of September, gathering 1.5million impressions across varied media, and officially reaching number 2 on the iTunes charts, having briefly sat at the top.

The distinctly vocalled, motionally hefty style of the sixteen-year-old new track is taken from an EP that is to be released this winter.

Keating’s distinctive style is akin to the mellow end of Dermot Kennedy’s sound, or Damien Dempsey’s poppier material, though a little earlier in his development, with lots of personal and evocative imagery. He cites Dempsey as an influence, as well as the likes of Aslan and The Script.

“‘Syncopated Blue’ is not just a song; it’s a testament to Keating’s talent, passion, and dedication to his craft. It’s a reflection of his journey as a musician and a promise of the great things to come,” the press release proclaims. There is certainly a distinctly marketable feel to the early release, which Keating contrasts with his modest background – the result of a rootsy and engaging, accessible single.

If you want to check out Keating live, he has a post Christmas show at Opium on Wexford Street, where he’ll be supporting Christy Dignam’s daughter Kiera on December 28. Expect poetic emotion and beautiful vocals, a glance at which can be garnered by searching his name on YouTube, where an Irish Arts Show performance particularly catches the eye.

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