The Legend of Luke Kelly returns

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The Legend of Luke Kelly returns
By arts reporter ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The Legend of Luke Kelly returns to Kavanaghs in Portlaoise this weekend, in arguably the best tribute act to the great Dublin singer.

Kelly 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 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 five-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.

He has amazed audiences with powerful performances in prominent Irish venues such as Vicar Street ajnd 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, at Kavanaghs at 9.30pm this Friday January 19.