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Biography

  • Born

    1935 (age 83)

Josephine Keegan (b. 1935) is an Irish musician and composer.

Keegan was born of Irish parents in Dundee, Scotland, and at the age of four went to live with her family in South Armagh. She began to play piano and violin when she was about six, being taught by both parents at home, and later taking formal lessons. She studied classical music on both instruments as well as playing traditional music, and won many prizes at competitions throughout Ireland. She won a gold medal at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin, and later won the gold medal at the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship at the Oireachtas in 1955.

After that, fiddle playing took a back seat and she concentrated on being a piano accompanist to other musicians, including Joe Burke and Seán Magure. She recorded her first of five solo albums in 1976; in 2006, after a gap of twenty-five years she recorded a new solo album.

In 2003 Keegan received a special award at Boston College in appreciation of her life-long dedication to music and her invaluable contribution to Irish Cultural preservation.

In 2005 she won the TG4 composer of the year award.

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