Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend.
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Ireland grieved the early death of Dubliner 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 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 5 string long neck banjo in 2001. When Chris performs, his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man he was so heavily influenced by. Over the past sixteen years he has amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street & The Cork Opera House with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly's family. Chris released his own album of original material "Voice Of The People" in 2011 and shortly afterwards 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. He is joined by other accomplished musicians and all consider it a great honour to bring Luke's memory back to the stage.
One of Irelands leading guitarist / composers, Michael Howard has composed the music for many television documentaries including ‘Ironing the Land’, a six part series charting the history and development of the railways in Ireland and the recent documentary, ‘The Inner Human Reality’ on the life of the painter Louis Le Brocquy. As well as being active as a solo performer both here and abroad, he has worked with many of Irelands leading musicians including the Dubliners with whom he has toured Europe as a special guest on a number of occasions. He has released an album of original material with John Sheahan entitled ‘In Our Own Time’.
Offaly man Joe Finn was born in Kilmucklin, Clara, into a house steeped in traditional Irish music.His Father taught him how to play the tin whistle which further progressed to him learning to play the flute. At the age of eighteen, Joe began to play the Uilleann pipes and now also plays the fiddle.He has played with "Legend of Luke Kelly" for the past ten years and in 2008 released his first solo traditional album "The Piper Calls the tune.
Hilary Kavanagh is a singer/songwriter/bass player & Artist from Dublin. She grew up listening to folk music, and has been writing songs and poetry since she was a child. Her hauntingly beautiful song "Magdalene" is on Chris' album "Voice of the people", an album which Hilary and Chris wrote together in 2011. She also wrote a song entitled "Sunflower", which was based on John Sheahan's poem of the same name. She is currently writing new material with Chris, and working on a solo album.
'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