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6 February 1967, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Eire. McKeown, the youngest of five children, was initially encouraged to pursue musical and theatrical interests by her composer mother. As a child growing into teenage years, she listened to religious and classical music before broadening her popular music tastes. Study with a leading opera tutor for a year left her adrift, and she subsequently took to busking on Dublins streets, where she was free to explore rock, folk, jazz, and blues. In 1990, she emigrated to America to take up the scholarship she was awarded to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Combining her studies with music performances in New Yorks hip Sin-é Café venue, she also played at the Bottom Line and Bowery Ballroom, as well as Manhattans Fez (where she completed a record 30-plus sold-out performances). In the early 90s McKeown formed the Chanting House, with whom she recorded several cassettes...
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