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Biography

Tim Keegan is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Keegan has recorded and performed with various bands and as a solo artist. He has worked with a number of noted musicians including Robyn Hitchcock – he can be seen in Jonathan Demme's film about Hitchcock, Storefront Hitchcock – and played guitar on the Blue Aeroplanes' Rough Music album.

Keegan's first band was Railroad Earth, formed in 1988 in Guildford, Surrey. Keegan sang and played rhythm guitar. The other members of the band were Patrick Ranscombe (lead guitar), Andy Prins (bass guitar) and Graham Russell (drums).

In 1992, Railroad Earth changed their name to Ringo and released their only album, Call It Home. The album was recorded by noted alt-rock producer Gary Smith at his Fort Apache Studios. The album was released on Dog Gone Records, a label owned and run by R.E.M.'s former manager Jefferson Holt.

Ringo split up due to musical differences and Keegan continued to work solo and in combination with a number of other musicians. His first post-Ringo band was Homer, consisting of Keegan, Andy Metcalfe (of the Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians), Patrick Hannan (of The Sundays), Jake Kyle and Andrew Claridge. This line-up also recorded under the name Tim Keegan & the Homer Lounge.

Homer released two singles in 1995, "Lucky Thirteen" and "Superkeen". During this period, the band served as the backing band for Robyn Hitchcock, and played on several of the tracks on Hitchcock's Moss Elixir album. Additionally, the band toured with Hitchcock, and played small dates throughout the south of England in the summer of 1995. The shows typically featured an opening Homer set, followed by a Robyn Hitchcock set. During the late 1990s, both Tim Keegan and Jake Kyle accompanied Hitchcock, including the 1997 and 1998 fan shows.

Keegan's next and most critically successful band was Departure Lounge. Keegan, with Departure Lounge, supported Robyn Hitchcock on a US tour in 1999. They have now disbanded and Keegan is working on solo projects. His first solo album, Foreign Domestic, was released in 2007. He continues to perform with Hitchcock, including on the latter's recent tour, reviving his I often dream of trains album.

Keegan lives in Brighton and has a young son called Quincy.

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