James and Duke set for Kavanaghs

BELFAST born singer Duke Special will be making a welcome return to Kavanaghs in Portlaoise this August for a special once off gig. The singer has played in Portlaoise a number of times over the years and those who have seen him will testify that his unique shows and energetic performances are not to be missed.

BELFAST born singer Duke Special will be making a welcome return to Kavanaghs in Portlaoise this August for a special once off gig. The singer has played in Portlaoise a number of times over the years and those who have seen him will testify that his unique shows and energetic performances are not to be missed.

Duke Special may be best known for the melodic ‘Freewheel’ and ‘Sweet Sweet Kisses’, but those who have Saturday August 18 free should bag themselves a ticket for his show to catch his magic in the intimate surrounds of Kavanaghs. Releasing his first music in 2005, Duke Speical now has ten albums under his belt with ‘Oh Pioneer’ released earlier this year.

Some tickets are still available for this gig but fans are advised to get them early before they sell out. For more information or to book tickets for the gig, visit www.kavanaghsportlaoise.com or contact the venue at 057 86 21744.

In the meantime, Kavanaghs have just announced a new resident music night with one of the county’s top local musicians - James O’Connor (who incidentally will be providing support for Duke Special). From now until the college days start back James will be performing downstairs in Kavanaghs Bar every Thursday night, playing a variety of top covers and original material.

James has had two top ten singles in the Irish Charts over the past year and to have this level of musician playing for the next few weeks will be something special for all music lovers.

There is no cover charge for these gigs and music fans will be in for some musical treats from James and maybe even a few guests from 9.30pm every Thursday evening. Check out Kavanaghs page on Facebook for updates and listings of events taking place in the pub.