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
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
In 2009 to mark Luke's 25th anniversary, Chris and co-writer
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 latest Christmas
concert DVD in Vicar Street.
'A beautiful blast from our beautiful past'..Eamon
'You might find that you have to pinch yourself'..RTE's
'A Must !' ..The Irish Times
Band Members :
Chris Kavanagh - Lead vocals / Long neck 5-string banjo
Joe Finn - Uilleann pipes / Whistles / Fiddle (Offaly)
Gavin Doyle - Bass / Backing vocals (Dublin)
Graham Doyle - Guitar / Backing vocals (Dublin)