In September, music promoter Keiron Campbell Black was named as the Guaranteed Irish Music Hero. The Dublin-based promoter, musician and venue proprietor was selected for the accolade following a public nomination process.
On awarding Mr. Black, CEO of Guaranteed Irish Brid O’Connell said: “Keiron Campbell Black is a true champion of Ireland’s music scene, so it is with great pleasure we name him as the very first Guaranteed Irish Music Hero. For the best part of two decades, he has supported the creation and promotion of new music in Ireland.
"Keiron not only promotes rock bands and singer/songwriters, but pushes boundaries, searching out unusual acts and curating specialist subculture events. These festivals and themed nights have brought unexpected styles of music to the masses, broadening perceptions of what can be expected from music in Ireland. It is because of his tireless commitment to the Irish music scene that he has been awarded this accolade.”
Mr. Black is a well-known and much-loved figure on the Irish music scene, having introduced acts ranging from The Hot Sprockets to Gavin James. As a songwriter and musician, he played in The Amazing Few and Sack; organised and promoted gigs with Whelan’s, Electric Picnic and many more. Most recently, Keiron began running the East Side Tavern bar and music venue on Dublin’s Leeson Street.
On receiving the Guaranteed Irish Hero Award for Music, Keiron Campbell Black said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be the Guaranteed Irish Music Hero. As the music scene in Ireland continues to grow from strength to strength, it is amazing that the industry is being recognised in this way.
"I’m passionate about music in Ireland and this award would not have been possible without the thousands of people across the country that I have worked with and collaborated with along the way. They make up the fabric that is Ireland’s music scene and I’d like to accept this award on behalf of them also.”