David Keenan’s first album – A Beginners Guide To Bravery – was released last week on Rubyworks. Bringing in the new decade, the beginning of 2020, with a debut album, there is nothing more exciting for singer/songwriter David Keenan. He spoke with The Fountain about the LP and his plans for the new year.

TF: What has been the reception to the album?

The album was launched on the 10th of January 2020 on a full moon. So far the reviews have been very warm and generous, people seem to understand the narrative and are asking questions of themselves, people seem to want to dwell in the world of the album for a time, the true validation for me has been the turnout to the live performances. Praise and criticism are kissing cousins and not to be investigated in great detail.

TF: How would you sum up in one sentence?

Life, Death and Rebirth.

TF: What else is on the cards for you?

Next month I’m off to join the circus that is Paris, for a residency in the Irish Arts Centre. I am going to study mime in L’Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, release a collection of words and, hopefully, improve my Pidjin French. If I survive said experience I embark on a UK and European tour in March. 

TF: Can we expect any Scottish gigs soon?

A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery is the title of my debut album, the show embodies the record and provides an arena in which to channel new songs that are currently in the post. It’s a communal event with a backing band made up of  Electricity, expression, alchemy and a fine layer of dust.

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

Last Monday we performed in the legendary Olympia Theater in Dublin. This venue, soaked in history and legend, provided the setting for us to pour out our collective expression. We performed to a capacity crowd and it had a uniqueness, insofar that we had license to create a magical setting, there was a sense of wonder about the whole show with set changes in the tradition of theater of bygone days. From my own perspective it was the culmination of so much. The exchange between ourselves and the crowd is still working through me, the gathering itself was a culmination of years of alignment and the actualisation of a Vision.

A Beginners Guide to Bravery is out now, via Rubyworks