It gives me great pleasure to highlight the local talent that we are blessed to have here on the South Costa Blanca.
This month I'd like to feature a very talented vocalist / keyboard player.
Kevin Round (a.k.a "Keyboard Kev") who hails from Birmingham, came to Villamartin, Spain initially in 1991.
He was a key member of "Al Mathews Blues Experience", a 5 piece blues & soul band. The band consisted of Kev, an American and three Spanish musicians. After 2 enjoyable years, Kev returned to England.
Kevin Round started playing at 13 years of age, with a basic organ his parents bought from Woolworths using Green Shield stamps (I think most of us are old enough to remember them).
The following year, Kev bought a professional organ with money he had saved from his paper round.
At 15 years of age he started entertaining in local clubs and two years later he formed his first band.
In 1984, Kev began working in Jersey, backing Karl Denver.
He has performed at countless venues over the years, including pubs, clubs, care homes and dementia centres.
In 2007, the lure of the Spanish climate beckoned and Kevin returned to live in Spain.
Within a short time he formed "Rockturno's" - a 4 piece rock covers band, along with two Bulgarian and a Finnish musician. Sadly, after 9 years, the band had run its course and broke up.
This led him to returning to performing solo again, and he's currently appearing on the local circuit, in bars and restaurants around the Costa Blanca.
At this moment in time, Kevin Round is developing a web site and recording a studio album of his own songs, using local musicians.
One song already completed is called "Thanx". It's a beautiful number that I enjoyed listening to, and later discovered that it’s a tribute to his parents.
This song can be found on his website and downloaded from: kroundmusic.com.
If you haven't already heard "Keyboard Kev", check out the local press for up and coming dates.