Laurence O'Keefe (rock musician)

Laurence O'Keefe (born 2 January 1965 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English bassist, best known as a member of Dark Star and Levitation.

Laurence O'Keefe
Born (1965-01-02) 2 January 1965 (age 55)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
OriginIpswich, Suffolk, England[1]
GenresAlternative rock, psychedelic rock
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years activelate 1980s–present
Associated actsLevitation, Dark Star, The Jazz Butcher, Dead Can Dance, Heidi Berry, Martina Topley-Bird, The Hope Blister

Prior to joining Levitation in 1990, O'Keefe had played with several artists including The Jazz Butcher. Levitation released several EPs and single plus one album, and split in 1994. He reunited with former Levitation bandmates Christian Hayes and David Francolini in 1996 to form Dark Star, who released Twenty Twenty Sound in 1999 before splitting in 2001. He also formed The Hope Blister with Ivo Watts-Russell in 1997.[2][3][4]

Following the demise of Dark Star, O'Keefe has continued work as a session musician and toured with the likes of Sophia, Dead Can Dance and Martina Topley-Bird.


  1. ^ "Top Of The Pops Live Webchat - FULL TRANSCRIPT". Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate. pp. 381, 835. ISBN 978-1-841-95335-9.
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy (undated). "Dark Star Biography" Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason (undated). "The Hope Blister Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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