Tommy Keyes was the keyboard player for Sidewinder, a mainstay of the Dublin rock scene in the late 1970s, and wrote many of their most popular songs. Nearly 40 years later, after a career outside music that left no time for gigging, he returns with a stockpile of great songs that defy categorisation. Rock? Pop? “It’s 1970s singer-songwriter music”, he says, “because that’s what I am.” Recorded with some of Ireland’s greatest session musicians, his albums are very different from anything else that’s being released these days, but sample some of the songs on this site and you are guaranteed to be hooked.
Chart success came his way when his single Christmas Eve in Dublin climbed to No 1 in the Irish iTunes singer-songwriter chart in November 2017.
“Tommy Keyes may well have been around the music scene for a while but for me he is a “new discovery”. Well-crafted, interesting original songs, inspired by life, love and living.” Niall Toner, RTE
“The album is brimful of catchy hooks, the musically-sensitive Keyes is admirably-served by his hand-picked band, and the vocal support from Ellen O’Mahony and others is top-notch. With Temptation Once Again Keyes shows that celebrating life while also facing the downsides of human nature are not mutually exclusive.” Jackie Hayden (Hot Press)
“A man who exudes a classic Seventies songwriting style… a sophisticated set that, as US radio bosses say, suits all day parts” Eamon Carr, Evening Herald
“Just as there’s a lived-in quality to Keyes’ voice there’s an appealing sense of reality about his songs…..8/10” Hot Press
“Crammed with gems, from the soundtrack to a life vividly conjured” Blogdelosmuertos
“Brings back a sound that has been away for far too long” Beatvyne.com
“Original Irish music, wrought with passion, expertly played and beautifully packaged” Paul Egan – composer/performer (Liffey Light Orchestra)
“Songs are healing, loving and full of that wonderful nostalgic meandering that is where imagination and dreams live…brilliant” Paul O’Toole – singer/songwriter (Scarecrow)
“Tommy could be the Irish version of Louis Armstrong, Randy Newman or at times Tom Waits, take your pick! Yes it is that good! thisdrinkinglife.com