26 September 1953, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, Eire. Growing up on the west coast of Ireland, Keane was brought up from the age of four by her two aunts, the respected sean-nós singers Rita and Sarah Keane. Following several appearances on Irish radio, Keane joined the formative line-up of the traditional folk group De Dannan, appearing on their 1975 debut and joining them on tour. She was also the featured vocalist on the Chieftains 1976 album Bonapartes Retreat.
Keane moved to England in the late 70s with her husband, the English instrumentalist John Faulkner. Her first solo album, 1978s There Was A Maid, received a gold disc. The follow-up, Brokenhearted Ill Wander, was a sparkling collaboration with Faulkner. 1980s Farewell To Eirinn, which included backing from Faulkner and Eamonn Curran, featured songs describing the story of the Irish emigration to America from 1845-55, when nearly two million people...