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Sun 13 Jul 2014, 7:00pm–11:15pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Listed by: joselyn2

Luke's 30th Anniversary Concert tour.

Celebrating the memory of a true Irish musical legend in Australia.

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 and his music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

Dublin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Kavanagh was born and 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 of Luke Kelly's music led him to learn to play the 5-string long neck banjo in 2001.

Over the past twelve 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 the Kelly family.

Chris bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, while his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man. He is joined on stage by very accomplished musicians Joe Finn & Michael Howard who all consider it an honour to bring Luke's memory to the stage in this ultimate tribute to the King of Balladeers.

In November 2011 Chris 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.

'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)
After a five year hiatus, Paddy Casey returned last year with his fourth album The Secret Life Of. It was recorded, produced and mixed at home in Paddy’s kitchen by Paddy and Pat Donne. Pat worked on the first album Amen (So Be It), as well as on the demos for all the other albums.

“Pat is responsible for me not throwing away a lot of songs, ‘Saints and Sinners’ included. This will be my first completely independent record, it’s called The Secret Life Of because it’s a throwback to a recording style I used to have before I signed a record deal”.

Paddy finished touring his third album Addicted To Company in mid 2009 and decided then that it was time to make an album on his own, without a label. He wanted to let the songs come naturally, but found that, almost immediately, they came along in droves. So he began recording them all over the next few years, and in the last 6 months he chose the 11 tracks that make up the new album The Secret Life Of.

“The best thing about this album is that I veered off in any direction the wind carried me. I let my mind wander around and had fun, I suppose I had no one looking over my shoulder or watching the clock. In some ways it was like going back to the start, when I used to experiment lots on a four track making any kind of music I felt like on the day. If there is a theme it’s definitely something to do with freedom…

…as for all the other tracks that didn’t make the album... I might take them down to O' Connell Bridge and sell them to passing boybands….