“Craic, Humour and Song”
Celebrating the humour heritage and nostalgia of Ireland in song.
By: Shay Healy
Richie Kavanagh is an IRMA award winning entertainer who writes and performs his own songs. Famous for the number one hit song ‘Aon Focal Eile’, he now has a number of hits to his name. Wherever he goes, humorist, folklorist and songwriter Richie in his bright dungarees and his multi-coloured cap, is regarded as “one of our own” He generates goodwill effortless
ly and people flock to him naturally. He has plugged straight into that part of Ireland that begins where the Naas carriageway ends, Now Irelands favourite entertainer, psoriasis crippled Richie’s hands at the age of 44 but instead of throwing in the towel, Richie harnessed his talents as a singer/songwriter and burst onto the national entertainment scene with the song Aon Focal Eile. Tony Keogh in Southeast Radio was the first man to play the CD and when Gerry Ryan began spinning it on his morning show, the song b
ecame a runaway hit and stayed at No.1 in the Irish charts for 7 weeks. and won Richie an IRMA award for Best Single of the Year in Ireland for 1996.20 years later, Richie, to his surprise and delight, is still packing venues in Ireland, England, America and Monte Carlo.. He is one of only a handful of artists around who is uniquely himself – instantly recognisable when you hear the very first bars of any of his songs. “Aon Focal Eile”, “The Mobile Phone”, “Mickey’s Buckin Ass, “Chicken Talk”, ”Stay Wut Her Johnny” etc.To date he has recorded 18 CD Albums, filmed 10 DVDs and has had 7 Singles in the IRMA Top 30 hits.Now Ireland’s No.1 Comedy Songwriter, he is one of the friendliest entertainers on Tour today – entertaining crowds of all ages.
Richie in battle with Parkinson’s
Richie to continue on in the entertainment business after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.He’ll continue to perform as long as his voice holds up.The performer was diagnosed with the disease on January 6 2011 now on medication he feels he already has more energy and is planning to release a new album in September.
When it comes to songwriters there is none better then Richie Kavanagh. I think he is fantastic.
Daniel O’Donnell Sunday World.