Evans & Keane
Evans and Keane is the collaborative effort of two artists who have managed to find the elusive magic where one person's words and one person's sounds comes together as music with a life of it's own. Vocalist Laura Evans writes songs of life and living which are magically interwoven with Pat Keane's incredible guitar work. Together they have created their soon to be released self-titled album. Pat Keane, a native of Portland Maine, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts and Contemporary Music from the University of Maine in Augusta. Since earning his degree, he has worked professionally as both a performer and an educator in Southern Maine. His teaching credits include his instruction with the much respected National Music Workshop from 1992 to 2003, and Portland Arts and Technology High School from 2000 to 2001. At present, Pat works as a guitar instructor at Buckdancer's Choice Music Company. As a performer, Pat has contributed his artistry to many notable bands including: The Tom Snow Band, The Bob Charrest Band, Sound Decision, as well as many others. In 1997, he began touring with Pine Point Recording artist Rick Charette's Bubble Gum Band with whom he continues to perform. Pat also performed with, and was the leader of his own group The 3D Horns which earned a strong reputation for phenomenal entertainment. As a person Pat has donated a significant amount of time to non-profit productions including: the Barbara Bush Make a Wish Foundation's 'The Best of Broadway', and the Maine Cancer Foundation's 'The Songs of the Silver Screen'. He has also donated his time to non-profit organizations such as: The Spurwink Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the St. Joseph's College Toys for Tots Christmas Show to name a few. Laura Evans, originally from California, relocated to the Portland area in 1998. Laura's musical education began in JJ's Blues Club where she had the good fortune to learn from many great blues artists and listen to the legends perform on a small stage for an intimate crowd. It was during this time that she joined the Tobias Henderson Project which opened for John Lee Hooker and an all woman showcase including Etta James. While singing in the blues club at night Laura worked towards a degree in Literature at San Jose State University, gaining strength as a songwriter. After several years on the blues scene Laura joined an original music alternative rock group Soul Burning Flashes with whom she released her first single 'I Carry St. Jude' which earned airplay on college radio in the San Francisco area. After Soul Burning Flashes, Laura joined another original group, Boogyman who played 70's style west coast funk in large clubs around San Francisco. Laura has also contributed vocals to many recording projects and has written lyrics for many songwriting projects with various artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.