The Legend of Luke Kelly celebrates the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk
The Legend of Luke Kelly celebrates the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend who has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and his music is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s cultural treasures.
Dubliner and multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh has been singing and playing music since he was three years old. His grandmother instilled a love of folk music in him from this tender age, with bands such as The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers played regularly in his childhood home. As well as his work on “The Legend of Luke Kelly,” he is also an extremely skilled songwriter and composer. His 2011 album, Voice of the People, showcases his skills to perfection, and his musical arrangements around the songs, coupled with his exceptional singing talents bring a long-awaited freshness to the folk music scene.
In 2011, Chris was asked by the late Al O’Donnell to perform at one of his shows remembering Luke Kelly, and it was there that he met The Dubliners for the first time. On hearing Chris’s album, John Sheahan asked him to perform with The Dubliners on their German tour. Chris received rave reviews in Germany, with the audience on their feet from the moment he sang his first song. He was then invited to perform with The Dubliners again at their 50th anniversary concert in Dublin’s Vicar Street.
Chris performs a yearly concert to mark Luke Kelly’s anniversary in Vicar Street with the regular attendance of John Sheahan and Luke’s family, as well as past special guests such as Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke, Shay Healy and Christy Dignam. The January 2019 concert was particularly memorable, as President Michael D.Higgins and his wife Sabina attended.
Chris and his band have performed all over Ireland as well as abroad, in countries such as the UK, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia.
Band Members :
Chris Kavanagh – Lead vocals / 5-string banjo / Guitar / Piano
Joe Finn – Uilleann pipes / Whistles / Fiddle / Flute
Michael Howard – Guitar / Vocals
Hilary Kavanagh – Bass / Vocals
(Saturday) 6:00 pm
Thomas Street, Dublin 8