Seán Keane (fiddler)

Seán Keane (born 12 July 1946, Dublin) is an Irish fiddler and a member of The Chieftains. He was a member of Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1960s, before joining The Chieftains in 1968. He has a unique style of playing, especially in his use of ornamentation, perhaps influenced by the music of the Irish bagpipe, or uilleann pipes. He is also a fiddle teacher.

Seán Keane
Keane in 2010
Background information
Born (1946-07-12) 12 July 1946
OriginDublin, Ireland
GenresFolk, Traditional Irish
Years activec. 1961-present
Associated actsThe Chieftains

Seán is married and has three children by the names of Deirdre, Páraic and Darach. Darach and Páraic are both excellent musicians. The majority of Seán's grandchildren play:

Molly - Fiddle

Alex - Fiddle

Ruby - Cello

Jack - Uilleann Pipes/Tin Whistle

Ella - Fiddle

Loulou - Concertina

Clara - Concertina



Seán Óg


  • Gusty's Frolics (1975)
  • Contentment is Wealth (1985; with Matt Molloy)
  • Jig it in Style (1990)
  • The Fire Aflame (1993; with Liam O'Flynn & Matt Molloy)

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