Date: Sunday, 11th February, 2018
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The Legend of Luke Kelly
The Legend of Luke Kelly featuring Chris Kavanagh celebrates the memory and music of one of Ireland’s cultural treasures and greatest folk artists of the 20th Century. Dubliner Chris Kavanagh’s passion for Luke Kelly’s music led him to learn to play the five-string long neck banjo and over the past 14 years, he has toured this show across Ireland, England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia, with regular attendance by Luke Kelly’s family. Chris not only bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man.
“A beautiful blast from our beautiful past” – Eamon Dunphy
“You might find that you have to pinch yourself” – RTE’s Open House
“A Must!” – The Irish Times
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend
Luke Kelly. He 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.
Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was born and raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned to play the piano by ear when he was five and his love and passion for Luke Kelly’s music led him to learn to play the five-string long neck banjo in 2001.
Over the past twelve years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly’s family. He has also toured this show abroad in England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia. Chris bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man. At this anniversary show, Chris is joined on stage by other accomplished musicians and very special guests who all consider it an honour to bring Luke’s memory to the stage in this ultimate tribute to the King of Balladeers.
In 2009 to mark Luke’s 25th anniversary, Chris and co-writer (Hilary Kavanagh) composed a song
entitled Voice of the People. There have been countless songs written about Luke but this song is different in the sense that it was written from Luke’s perspective and portrays the way he felt about his own life. The song is the title track of Chris’s first album of original songs.
In November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and also
made a guest appearance on their 50th anniversary concert DVD recorded in Vicar Street.
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