The Legend of Luke Kelly:
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Luke Kelly. He has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century.
In October 2001 'A Tribute to Luke Kelly' was launched in Dublin's Hotpress HQ before an audience which included Luke's siblings and relations. As a result of the show's success, MCD booked the band for a three month residency at the Olympia theatre which led to a
memorable appearance on RTE's Open House. They were also the only band to receive an invitation to perform on Eamon Dunphy's radio show 'The Last Word'..
Over the past ten years they have amazed audiences following powerful sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues with the regular attendance of the Kelly family. Popularity has seen the band touring abroad in England, Switzerland and even as far away as Australia. Lead singer, Chris Kavanagh, bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man. He is joined on stage by accomplished
musicians who all consider it an honour to bring Luke's memory to the stage in the 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"
to celebrate his life. An album of original songs is available from www.chriskavanagh.com
In November 2011 Chris stood in with folk legends The Dubliners on their German tour and made a guest appearance at their Christmas concerts in Vicar Street.
'A beautiful blast from our beautiful past'
'You might find that you have to pinch yourself' ..RTE's Open House'A Must !'
..The Irish Times
Band Members :
Chris Kavanagh - Lead vocals / Long neck 5-string banjo (Dublin)
Joe Finn - Uilleann pipes / Whistles / Fiddle (Offaly)
Gavin Doyle - Bass / Backing vocals (Dublin)
Graham Doyle - Guitar / Backing vocals (Dublin)
Website - Legend of Luke Kelly
Website - Chris Kavanagh
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Dublin man Chris Kavanagh was born and reared on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. He learned by ear to play piano, and played different styles of music in various bands as a teenager.
His passion for Irish music inspired him to form the successful
band "Legend of Luke Kelly", a tribute to the late great singer of "The Dubliners".Multi instrumentalist Chris began writing original material six years ago, and has recently finished his first original album. His first single release, entitled "Paddy's Day" (co-written
by Hilary Kavanagh) is available on iTunes and has been causing quite a stir on Youtube! The song was written to reflect the current political climate in Ireland, and it's Dublin wit and lively tune are sure to get your feet tapping no matter where you are from. The
album is now also available and is a perfect blend of good old fashioned Irish folk, but with a new and original flavour, the likes
of which hasn't been heard in an original Irish album for decades.
NOTE: All pictures on this page are by photographer Pearl Phelan