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Luke Kelly Tribute

A Memoir to Ireland’s greatest folk artist, Luke Kelly.

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The Everyman Theatre in Cork played host to a special tribute to the late great Luke Kelly on Sunday 31st August. The show was opened by Aoife Clancy and was followed by the main act, of which some famous traditional names were included . The group for the night was made up of, Brian Roebuck on vocals and 12 string guitar, Gerry O’Connor on tenor banjo, Pat Kelleher on banjo, Mick O’Brien on whistles and uileann pipes and on fiddle Dezi Donnelly.

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From the opening bars of The Rare Auld Times the crowd were treated to a performance of Luke Kelly’s finest. Brian Roebuck, with his own Dublin brogue in tow, brought songs to life that are rarely heard sung with such feeling anymore. Right through songs like Dirty Old Town, Peggy Gordon The Town I Loved So Well, the audience were made to feel part of the tribute with many joining in the tunes and shouting requests for songs which showed that there were true Kelly fans amongst the audience.

After the interval the crowd were treated to a stirring rendition of Luke’s moving poem Sons of Roisin followed by the beautiful ballad Raglan Road. From this point on the musicians on stage came into their own and once they kicked into God Save Ireland there seemed to be no stopping them , even breaking into an impromptu session of The Masons Apron that could possibly have gone on all night without any objections from the audience.

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The two banjo players Gerry O’Connor and Pat Kelleher playing two different styles of banjo, one more trad based and one more folk based, brought out the notes perfectly in each tune for the audience to hear. That, coupled with Dezi Donnelly’s ability to make the fiddle come alive and Mick O’Briens beautifully flowing whistle and pipe playing, brought together a group so musically talented on stage that one hopes that this was not just a once off, and with the voice of Brian Roebuck, which many people around West Cork will know, what better instrument is there to pay tribute to possibly the greatest ballad singer this country has known.

With the closing notes of The Auld Triangle the band left the stage only to be called back again by an audience that genuinely did want more and as the final two songs were belted out the tribute to Luke Kelly came to an end with a ‘good night to you’ from from the band and a rousing applause from an audience that had got more than what they had come to hear.

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