The Scene: Pure acoustic sounds from Keir Daly

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A young guitarist will play a hometown gig to promote his latest solo album.

Keir Daly is set to play an acoustic set at Hole in the Wall in Cheyne Lane, Stamford, at 9pm tonight (Friday).

Keir, 18, grew up in Market Deeping but now lives in Stamford. He has been playing the guitar for years and his sixth solo album, Lightning Strikes Twice, went on sale on Monday last week.

He said: “I guess you would think of my style as in a folk-rock tradition like Neil Young. Like him, I alternate between electric and acoustic guitar.

“But for every album on which I sing I have also released an instrumental album, and on this album I have gone even further.

“It’s a double CD and one of the CDs is entirely acoustic, while the other is entirely electric.”

Keir has been playing live for a number of years. He spent two years at school in China and played to large audiences in Shanghai, where he recorded his third album Made In China.

He writes all his own songs and lyrics and has a growing back catalogue of more than 100 compositions.

Keir also plays all the instruments heard on his records. While guitar is the lead sound, he also plays bass, drums, organ and piano.

But guitar is his main focus and his fifth album, A Long Time Ago, consisted entirely of vocals and acoustic guitar.

Keir said: “The acoustic guitar seems to me to be a guarantee of real live music.

“Electric guitars can be enhanced with effects pedals. Electronic keyboards can be programmed.

“And with a lot of music these days no-one is playing anything but simply mixing audio samples on a computer or auto-tuning poor vocals.

“I think audiences who like music want real voices and real instruments.”

Keir’s gig tonight begins at 9pm. Admission is free.

For more of his music, including the new album Lightning Strikes Twice, visit

The Scene is open to any band, artist or performer wanting to promote a show. To be in it contact reporter Alex Moore on 01780 750441, e-mail or tweet @Mercury_Alex.