Keith Forde

Irish Singer/Songwriter living in Malvern, UK.


'Love at the Airport' was played on BBC Radio Leeds on 'The Mark Forrest Evening Show'. The show was also broadcast across all 39 BBC Local Radio stations in England and the Channel Islands!

'Pop them Pills' was played on the BBC Introducing Programme which showcases emerging musical talent primarily from the UK. It also hosts a stage at Glastonbury Festival, Reading and Leeds, Radio 1's Big Weekend and T in the Park.


Keith is a singer/songwriter originally from Limerick, Ireland but now living in Malvern, UK.

Musically he has been described as sounding like a cross between Bob Dylan, Marc Bolan and Lee Mavers.

So far he has released two songs, the first 'Pop them Pills' which finished in Third Place in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category of the International Songwriting Competition. The ISC received approximately 15,000 entries from almost 100 countries throughout the world. The judges included Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Robert Smith (The Cure), Frank Black (The Pixies) and The Kings Of Leon. The song also got an honorable mention in the Billboard World Song Contest.

His second release 'Love at the Airport' earned him a winning selection from hundreds of entries to have a music video produced in conjunction with Hotpress and New York University. Previous winners include: Sinead O’Connor, The Frames, The Coronas, The Republic Of Loose and Laura Izibor.

Keith started out playing guitar in the Pop/Rock outfit, Sutras. The band won the Heineken battle of the bands and toured with Bell x1, The Thrills, The Frames, and Rubyhorse . They went on to win the Hotpress song of the year, which listeners of Ireland's biggest radio station voted as their number 1 choice.

They also had Top 30 success in Ireland and were played on influential London radio station, XFM, as well as being played on MTV2 and cult Irish TV show 'No Disco'.

Keith’s next venture was with alternative/rock band Vesta Varro, again playing guitar. The band recorded their debut album in legendary recording studios Windmill Lane in Dublin and toured extensively in Ireland, the UK and North America, opening for the likes of Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, The Wonderstuff and Sultans of Ping.

They achieved the accolades of 'Best Band' at the prestigious 'Indie Week' festival in Toronto, the 'Best New Musical Artist' at the MAMCA awards and ones to watch by the NME.

They had Top 40 success in Ireland and four of their songs were licensed to the major American TV network CBS which saw them receive daytime plays on big TV shows in the States. Their album peaked at number 3 on the college radio chart in Canada and their video was put on heavy rotation on Canada's biggest music show 'Much Music'.

Their tracks appeared on various compilation albums worldwide, stretching as far as the USA, Australia, Germany, Canada and Ireland.

When the band went their separate ways, Keith went back to college to study Music Technology and Production. This experience gave him a platform to try out some of his solo material which he had never done before and also to produce and record other bands and artists.

My songwriting collaboration project

Back in 2012 I hosted my own FM radio show called 'The Lookout'.

My aim was to showcase new up and coming talent from the Irish Music Scene at the time while also looking at great Irish bands from the past.

All the shows are hosted on mixcloud.

Below is a link to one of them.

Woodstar – The Last Sad Verse of a Dumb Punk Song
Petronella – Feeling So Low
Hal – Worry about the Wind
The Marbles – Slip into the Sound
The 4 OF US – Sunlight
Bell X1 – Offshore
Engine Alley – Mrs. Winder
Vesta Varro – Weighted Love
The Thrills – Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far)
Rubyhorse – Punchdrunk
The Aftermath – All I want is for you to be Happy
Leya – In Our Hands
The Walls – Something’s Wrong
Mundy – I Miss the Country