Dolores Keane

Genres: Folk World
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


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 Bonaparte’s Retreat.

Keane moved to England in the late 70s with her husband, the English instrumentalist John Faulkner. Her first solo album, 1978’s There Was A Maid, received a gold disc. The follow-up, Brokenhearted I’ll Wander, was a sparkling collaboration with Faulkner. 1980’s 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...

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