In all his 22 years, Keir can’t recall a time when music wasn’t at the centre of his world. Schooled on albums, books and films he found at jumble sales and charity shops, his music comes from the extraordinary world of the everyday. Chart pop, Jazz, retro, electro, afro-beat, soul and artists like Etta James and Shirley Bassey all mingle in the slipstream of Youtube grazing, late-night radio and hanging about in bands.
“I love stories in music, and how words and rhythm and tunes all go together. You can’t separate them. I love the endlessness of writing songs and have to say I feel humbled when I get to stand up with the band and play them to people live.”
Whilst Keir – and everyone watching him sing live – get lost in his performance, in real life Keir has a part-time job as carer for older people. Not exactly the usual pop background, but it gets him ‘dude points’, and perfectly sums up Keir as someone of soul and substance. It’s in every part of his life, not just his music.
From day 1 the BBC Introducing in the West team were won over, and have been championing Keir ever since, even inviting him to play an epic live session at Maida Vale for BBC Introducing last December.
The debut single ‘Probably’ and a self-titled EP were released late 2016 on Crosstown Recordings. A second single ‘Live This Way’ – a riotous fusion of soul and indie with fearless sleazy guitars and soaring ecclesiastical highs was a statement of intent from a powerful new voice in British music. Since then it’s been building nicely – Keir’s music has been featured on TOWIE, Made In Chelsea, and even made it onto BT Sports Champions League!
Festival appearances during 2016 at Secret Garden Party, Dot To Dot, The Great Escape and Boardmasters helped the band – which features Keir’s brother on drums, and long-time friends from his hometown Bristol – develop their sound as they ramp up to this year’s Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, On Blackheath, and The Downs in Bristol, where they’ll be opening on the main-stage for Elbow.
‘Every once in a while you come across an artist who changes everything. Keir is one of them’
Sam Bonham – BBC Introducing