Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Keir Robinson had a varied childhood; born in Alexandria, Scotland, he had spells living in Helensburgh, Doha and Manchester, all before starting university in Southampton. A pianist to begin with, Keir’s interest in popular music was birthed at age 10 when he was captivated by a tape that was part of his parents’ collection for playing in the car – the tape in question was Paul Simon’s Graceland. From there he discovered Big Country, Bruce Springsteen, Amy MacDonald and others, all of whom have influenced his style and approach. He further refined his songwriting at Chetham’s School of Music where he was again supposed to be studying piano, but concentrated instead on composition, and later at the University of Southampton, where he studied performance with vocal coach Nichola Christie and began accompanying himself more often on the guitar.
Throughout this time Keir worked tirelessly to not only write and sing the songs, but to assemble backing bands for his performances and produce instrumental arrangements for them. This range and depth of skills was showcased on his 8-track album, Mere Words and Melodies, which featured the full band who backed him at his final Southampton performances as well as a number of guest singers and musicians. The album was given positive feedback because of this, and for its accomplished melodies and lyrics.
Keir is currently a one-man act, having become well-known to staff and customers at the Velvet Elvis (Wednesday) and Blackfriars Bar (Thursday) open mic nights in Glasgow. He has also successfully progressed to the semi-finals of the MUWOFO Music Talent Search, an international singing competition which will see Keir flying the flag for Scotland. The semi-finals are expected to take place in Zimbabwe between September 21st-October 3rd - watch this space!
Keir is also a keen traveller and has spent time touring Europe by rail, without his guitar. He is also a connoisseur of cask ale and good food and enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking and socialising in the pub. Keir is also a Christian and a member of the Scottish Green Party and considers political engagement to be vital and a part of his identity.