The Legend Of Luke Kelly – 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. Chris bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while 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.
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
‘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
Band Members :
Chris Kavanagh – Lead vocals / Long neck 5-string banjo / Guitar / Piano (Dublin)
Joe Finn – Uilleann pipes / Whistles / Fiddle (Offaly)
Michael Howard – Guitar / Vocals (Dublin)
Tickets available now from:
Celtic Gold, Peel
Peter Norris Music, Douglas
Thompson Travel, Port Erin
Shakti Man, Ramsey