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About Don Airey

Don Airey is one of the most productive men on keyboard. With more than 280 albums and recordings with the industry’s finest he boosts quantity with quality all the way.

Donald Smith “Don” Airey from the United Kingdom has had a long and productive career. He started out early on at the age of just three where he began training in classical piaono. Airey comes from a musical family with father Norman Airey who was a great inspiration. He did not loose his passion for music and earned a degree at the University of Nottingham and a diploma at the royal Northern College of Music.

In 2001 Airey got an amazing opportunity to fill in for Jon Lord on keyboard in Deep Purple. When Jon announced his retirement not long after Airey accepted a full time commitment to the band beginning in March 2002. Deep purple is an English rock band formed back in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock. Over the years their musical approach has changed some but they still rock hard. Airey has done hundreds of shows with Deep Purple and three studio albums, most recent the album “Now What” which went gold all over Europe.

Through his career Aiery has worked with great musicians such as Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Steve Val and Andrew Lloyd Webber just to name a few. His keryboard work can be heard on over two hundred and eighty albums making Airey a well-recorded man. Though he has a big quantity of output the quality has not failed to be outstanding on every single one.

Don Airey has been doing more than working with top-notch people. He has also released three incredible solo albums “K2”, “Light in the Sky” and “All Out” followed up by 2014 release “Keyed Up” and a tour with his own band.

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