Patty Keough & the Boys
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Patty Keough & the Boys

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1999
Duo Folk Pop


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> 1998 - created and began hosting Fearless Open Mic, Java Hut, Worcester, MA

> 1999 - first radio in-studio interview: WCUW w/Richard Fox

> 1999 - chosen as a "New Faces" feature performer at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

> 1999/2000 Finalist: "Best of Folk", Worcester Phoenix Music Poll

> 2000 - created the Est Fest - a multi-performer, multi-state, yearly benefit event.

> 2001 released first CD "Watching the World"

> 2001 Winner: Worcester Phoenix Music Poll for Best of Folk 2001)

> 2001 Winner: Cape Fear Festival Songwriting/Performance contest, Cape Fear, NC

> 2001 Finalist: Nancy Smith Waage Songwriting Festival, Dennis, MA

> 2001 opened for the Boston Pops, Hyannis, MA

> 2001 created and began hosting Wide Open mic at Sit'nBull Pub, Maynard, MA

> 2003 main feature piece in Folkwaves, WUMB Boston, newsletter.

> 2004 Finalist: Founders Festival KCRL Songwriting Competition, SLC Utah.

> 2004 Finalist: Nancy Smith Waage Songwriting Competition, Dennis, MA

> 2005 Finalist: Founders Festival KCRL Songwriting Competition, SLC Utah.

> 2005 Asked to create Boston, MA sister-city 9/11 event with NYC

> 2006 In-studio creating next CD "Nothing to Hide" - Miscellaneous


"Patty Keough is a natural born entertainer...She shines in the lights! Check her out..."
Mary Gauthier

"Patty: I took a listen to your music......very very good! This is what’s needed on mainstrean radio! Real Music!!"
Dave C. Knight

"Patty Keough is a fresh, playful and sweet "force majeure". I wish I'd written 'Saratoga'."
John Schindler

"Patty has an incredible voice and definitely created a buzz for herself in New York."

"Patty sings with heart, soul and depth - a wonderful bright addition to our show"
Richard Fox

"Patty Keough is a thunder of spirit and a clear-headed voice for the searchers, the workers and the believers. Not just a player, but a community-builder. Kudos. A favorite."
James O'Brien

"Patty is consistently one of our MOST energetic performers! Most importantly she keeps the audience involved. With her lively music and stage presence we LOVE having her perform!!!"
Leslie Courtney
Bijou Cinema & Lounge

"PK is da bomb! She writes and sings with heart, like she's packing a heart the size of a Thanksgiving Turkey! Saratoga is the best damned song I've heard in years"
Tom Driscoll
Red Door Coffeehouse - Nods from the Peeps

"Musicians in the Spotlight"

Musicians in the spotlight

By Patrice Brymner/Correspondent
Thursday, October 2, 2003

One of these days you're really going to do it. You're going to load up that guitar and find an open microphone somewhere, in some local coffee house or pub, and you're finally going to let the world hear that song you've been working on.

Thousands of intrepid would-be troubadours and seasoned songsters do just that all across the nation every night of the week.

Around here, they show up at Wide Open Mike Night at the Sit 'n Bull Pub in Maynard every Wednesday.

It's an old and still-thriving tradition. Open mike doesn't always draw many spectators, but it always brings together those who would be heard, in music and in friendship.

The Sit 'n Bull draws about 15 or so regulars on any given Wednesday, to sing, strum, pick and play, and anyone is welcome.

Open mike at the Sit 'n Bull is cozy and casual evening, run for the last couple of years by singer/songwriter Patty Keough.

Keough, whose music has been dubbed "experimental folk," has been around the greater Boston folk music scene for many years. She was named "Best of Folk" in the 2001 Worcester Phoenix music poll, has toured nationally and internationally, since 1999, and she opened for the Boston Pops in Hyannis in 2001. She's been compared to Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge, and Janice Joplin, but, she says, she tailors her performances to fit the club and the audience when she plays.

Even after years on stage, Keough still remembers how nervous she was when she started out. That's why she runs the open mike night - she wants to provide a place for other musicians to try out new material and nibble away at their stage fright.

And that's why Keough's open mike is "wide" open.
It's a place for musicians to come together, try out new songs, learn, and relax while honing their talents. And Keough is a natural for her Wednesday night role.

She's easy-going, highly approachable, and wildly supportive of her flock of performers, encouraging the social aspects of the evening.
"It's great - people usually show up early, hang around, get something to eat, and just have fun," Keough says.

Keough starts the evening's performances at 7 p.m. with a casual open jam. Someone picks a song and all the open mikers play on it, then someone picks another song, and on they go.

"It's mostly original stuff, but we'll do covers in between just for fun," says Keough.

At 8:30, Keough starts to call the players up one by one for a couple of songs each. She'll give each performer as much time as she can, depending on how many want to play.

A featured performer will take the stage at 9:30 for about an hour, and then Keough opens the stage again for any who want to play, and she keeps the stage open until the bar closes, if that's what it takes to give everyone a chance.

"It's rewarding to me. I get a chance to encourage people, the way I was encouraged when I first started out. If I had to pick one shining difference (about the Arts as a business) it's that the community really does love to mentor and encourage each other. I am so blessed to be part of it." - Patrice Brymner

"Fan reviews"

It hits the spot everytime!!
Reviewer: Lisa Ballin
The first time I heard this CD, it never left my player for at least a week. The songs range form quiet and soulful to fast and funny. My favorite song is Just One More. I can't listen to it enough. I can't wait to hear more from Patty in the future!!!

Wonderful voice, great energy!
Reviewer: Erik Balkey
Patty is the real deal. The music and the person. A wonderful voice, thoughtful lyrics and charming songs all convey a truly vibrant and buoyant spirit. I'm glad to know her, and proud to recommend her music.

Fabulous! Funny, irreverrent, touching - a gem!
Reviewer: Tara
Patty's cd is FABULOUS! They lyrics are funny, touching, and oh so real! It's like sitting across the table with a good friend talking about how crazy life can get - but laughing just the same - cause what else is there to do really??? Great songs by an incredibly talented artist!

Patty's music makes me cry (it's a good thing)
Reviewer: Scott
Here is a copy of some correspondence I had with Patty three days after buying "Watching the World"..... "Hey Patty! I think a thank you is in order. Your CD has slapped me across the face, taken me outside a beaten me with raw emotion...I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson that said "If you laugh, think, and cry each day, you have had one heck of a day". I have laughed (a little), cried (a lot), and thought (way too much) while listening to your music over the past few days. I have defective tear ducts...I don't cry, not by choice, but because I can't...your songs have created one of the most wonderful emotions I could ever ask for...the gift of tears! Thank you so much!!! The smiles have been equally as wonderful. You have provoked a lot of memories to come to the forefront of my consciousness. I have always loved your music, but the tracks on your CD are absolutely fabulous. YOU have made me think a little more and about a few more things. Thank You Patty!" A truely wonderful it today!!

ah...Viva la difference\'
Reviewer: C W Holmes
This effort by Ms Keough is a breath of fresh air in this age of the Britney's & Whitney's of Pop culture. Patty's clarity comes though on each track and is sure to draw the listener in immediately. Heartfelt and mature, Ms Keough is sure to resonate for a long time.
- Miscellaneous

"One of my favorite random reviews"

Baggot Inn Review from

Baggot Inn
User Rating: Recommended

Sexy Musical Setting
Posted by metroplasm on 09/02/2002

I love the low lit setting of the music area. The setup of the stage is ideal for playing to a large or small audience. I heard an intimate performace by Patty Keough, a singer/songwriter who kicks someone like Jewel in the @$$...Patty's voice is stunning and her original material shines with charm and wit. She'll be back again on 10/19/02; don't miss it! The acoustics rival other places in and around town and I can understand why musicians love it. The bartending/wait staff is pleasant - but the down side to going here is no food served! Be sure to eat before showing up. They will let you bring in something from outside...but I'd prefer to be able to order something in house!

Pros: Musical, Feels Intimate, Pleasant Staff
Cons: No Food Served!
- Reviewer of Baggot Inn

"WUMB Folk Waves Article" - Esther Friedman


LP: Watching the World
LP: Nothing to Hide



Boston, MA based Patty Keough is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

No matter the type of venue, or the age of audience.

A vocally gifted singer, she has also crafted a superior portfolio of original songs.

Keough has a wonderful, funny, warm presence that pulls the audience in as soon as she hits the stage.

Laughter & tears will be had by all.

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