On January 30th, 1984, Ireland mourned the passing of arguably the greatest folk performer of the 20th century. In a country which has produced countless great ballad singers, Luke Kelly is widely recognised as being the finest ballad voice Ireland has ever heard. He boasted a booming and expressive delivery, layered with a depth of emotion and feeling that left a lasting impression on all who those who were lucky enough to heard it live.
As the lead singer with the internationally renowned Dubliners, the power and passion of the voice of Luke Kelly gave us the definitive versions of numerous all time classics. Raglan Road, The Town I Love So Well and A Song for Ireland will forever be associated with the legendary Luke Kelly.
In 2001, the show 'The Legend of Luke Kelly', featuring Chris Kavanagh & The Patriots, was launched at the Hot press HQ in Dublin. In attendance were many of Luke's family, friends and former musical colleagues. The show proved to be an overwhelming success and the band were booked for what was to become a 'Sell Out' three month residency at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
This success placed the show among the most highly acclaimed box office hits in Ireland. The group have continued to amaze audiences following powerful performances in many prominent Irish venues. They have also made memorable appearances on RTE television and a fantastic 'live' session on popular national radio show - The Last Word.
Lead singer, Chris Kavanagh, bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke while his singing talent captures the depth and the passion of the great man. Chris's natural voice has been described by critics as the closest comparison to the voice of Luke Kelly, and that is some claim by anyone's standards.
Uilleann pipes, whistles, banjo and guitars, all performed by nationally renowned musicians, provide the backdrop to arguably the greatest tribute show in Ireland today. The group consider it an honour to bring Luke's memory back to the stage, and to be the first to do so. School Days Over, The Town I Love So Well, Joe Hill, A Song for Ireland, Raglan Road....all the hits are present in this show plus many more. The band has played to sell out crowds all over Ireland and are in great demand.
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