Frank taught himself to play guitar and began composing songs as a teenager. He relocated to Plymouth in the early 70’s, where he played on the folk circuit.
After a stint in London to earn his teaching credentials, Frank moved to Liverpool where he played in bands with styles ranging from rhythm and blues to bluegrass, and Irish and Scottish traditional. Since moving to the Orkney Islands in the early 90s, Frank has been focusing more on songwriting and performing as a solo artist.
His self-penned songs evoke and encapsulate the textures of island life and landscapes. Having been composing his own music for three decades, his influences include both traditional and contemporary folk artists, including John Martyn, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Incredible String Band, Donovan, Pink Floyd, Dr. John, Bob Dylan and many others.
He has regularly performed at the Orkney Folk Festival since 2005, and in recent years has also performed at Speyfest, and Celtic Connections, as well as at other venues throughout the UK. He has also performed at a number of venues in Oregon USA.
He released his first CD of original songs, Trick of Light, in 2006. One, released in 2009, is his second release and also features all original material and arrangements.
Hear Frank Keenan talking to Ross on Saturday from 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday from 6pm.