Keith Plunkett has been an aspiring musician since childhood, picking up the guitar at a young age and playing his first gig at the age of just fourteen. Keith started out as a member of a cover band and played with fellow young musicians in his local area, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Throughout his youth Keith experimented with various styles of music however he found he was always most comfortable writing and performing his own material. As he has matured he has developed his own writing style while incorporating his favourite musical styles such as the loop pedal which adds percussion from the guitar and vocal harmonies, giving his gigs another depth.
He is currently a 2nd year student in DKIT, studying Music and Audio Production and is relishing the experience and learning about the other side of the business.
In 2014, he recorded a demo entitled “Long Way Down” in a home recording studio. While working on a second demo song that Keith and some of his friends were producing, Keith garnered the attention of Mike Gleeson, Founder of Downda Road Productions; who invited Keith down to the Golden Egg Studios to record some acoustic covers and demo tracks. Following this recording session Mike was quick to offer Keith a recording contract as he witnessed firsthand his talent and potential. Keith signed with the label in early 2015 and with the tutelage of the Downda Road team has been developing his sound and profile.
Over the last year Keith has seen his profile grow, through his stellar performances he has been invited to play at a number of festivals and events including the Hardly Strictly Acoustic Festival, Le Cheile Festival, Solas Festival, The Secret Village Festival and more! He has played gigs in music venues, pubs and cafes throughout the country including some well know places such as The Spirit Store, The Globe, The Crowbar (Button Factory) and Alice’s Restaurant in Naas where a chance encounter with Paddy Casey has led to him supporting this musical supremo on two occasions, whilst having also supported MTV nominated “Hogan” and others. He has also seen his public profile grow as he has interviews and performances on radio stations such as CCR, Flirt FM, Dundalk FM and Shannon Side. He has grown his fan base exponentially, has been re-recording and tweaking some of his older material and has been writing exciting new material that will be included on this EP.
As well as the release of his debut EP Keith will be performing a track on the up and coming “A Song For Jack and Jill” Charity Album which is donating its proceeds to the Jack and Jill Charity – this track has been chosen to be released as the album’s first single.