Colm Keegan is 23 years old and hails from Dublin in Ireland. As a schoolboy, Colm studied under vocal coach Ken Shellard and won several highly acclaimed awards at the Dublin Feis Ceoil singing competition. During this time Colm was also a lead soloist with the Palestrina Choir under the direction of Ite O’Donovan and a regular performer at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Colm has performed with the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral, New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome where the Pope was in attendance.
Colm went on to join the prestigious Piccolo Lasso Choir and the Habemus Chamber Choir, with whom he has toured Europe extensively and has recorded several CDs. He has performed as a lead soloist in Spain, Ireland, and The Czech Republic with the choir. Colm also has a great love of musical theater and has played the lead role of Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls”, and starred in a Dublin production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”.
Colm continued his music studies in college; he attended University College Dublin on a music scholarship, and was conferred with an honors degree in Music and Irish in 2011. He was also asked to join the choir of Celtic Woman for their “Songs From The Heart” CD and DVD Public Television special and has toured with the production in the US, Europe and Japan. Colm has also shared the stage with PBS favorites “The Priests” in the O2 Arena in Dublin and alongside Irish tenor Peter Corry at the Helix in Dublin.
A keen sportsman, Colm plays rugby, Gaelic football and hurling. He has represented Leinster in the Junior Cup for rugby and has been on a Leinster Final winning team for Gaelic Football. In addition to these team sports Colm has also completed several triathlons. He loves travel and new experiences and has travelled widely both with his music career and with the charity Habitat for Humanity, where he has worked building houses with local communities in Ghana and Zambia.
Since graduating college in 2011, music has continued to be the main focus in Colm’s life. He is currently honing his skills as a songwriter and a performer and has eclectic musical influences, drawing from his Choral, Irish, Pop and Folk backgrounds, all helping him develop his own style. Colm was invited to join Celtic Thunder by producer Sharon Browne in May 2012 and was delighted to join with the five principals to become the newest member of the show. He began performing with Celtic Thunder for the first time at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City this June 2012 and then toured the US and Canada with the Voyage Tour later that fall.
In the latest Celtic Thunder show MYTHOLOGY, Colm performs alongside George, Neil, Ryan, Keith and Emmet while his solo numbers reflect his personality and his musical style and diversity. He plays piano in the love song Katie, joins with Keith on guitar in the Sound of Silence and offers a hauntingly beautiful version of The Edge Of The Moon.
As the newest member of Celtic Thunder it’s understandable that Colm might have a little catching up to do, but is up for the challenge “I feel really comfortable singing with the lads in Celtic Thunder, it’s just when they leave the stage and leave me on my own, it’s something that I’m not very used to yet. I’m sure that will come in time. I look forward to singing songs that bring a bit of my personality in so that the audience gets to know me and my voice.”