Andy pays tribute to Des Kelly

Well-known showband star Des Kelly has passed away after battling illness for the last number of years.

The Turloughmore native is best known as a founding member of the Capitol Showband but also worked as a music promoter and manager.
Tributes from across the Irish music industry are pouring in this morning for Des, described as a music visionary and a gentleman.
Prior to his illness Des Kelly worked as a music presenter on Galway Bay fm for twenty years, joining the radio station when it opened in 1989.
His warm style of presenting and knowledge of music won him many listeners.

Andy had this to say about the good man:


Fellow folkie Mick Hanly added his fond memories of Des to Andy’s post:


Read more on the life of Des Kelly here: CELEBRATING DES KELLY



MusicTown 2017: Brady & Irvine: A Tribute



C8ApUwsXwAEkIU0Forty years ago, following the decline of Planxty, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine went into the studio to explore a fresh new collaboration. What came next was one of the most influential and iconic albums of folk song ever recorded on the island of Ireland. As a testament to the album’s lasting influence, MusicTown sees Dublin’s young, up and coming folk singers perform songs from the timeless record forty years after the fact.


Modern tribute to Irish Folk singer duo Brady and Irvine

In celebration of the 40-year existence of one of Ireland’s most iconic albums, Andy Irvine/Paul Brady, a tribute will be held at the Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin as part of MusicTown 2017, which runs from April 7 till April 17.

The Paul Brady/Andy Irvine duo brought forth some of the most influential albums ever recorded by Irish artists and, to mark 40th anniversary of Andy Irvine/Paul Brady, a special concert will be held.

The Dublin’s new generation folk singers and trad musicians will perform songs from the old Brady/Irvine record. The line-up will include Radie Peat and Ian Lynch of Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill, Landless, John Flynn, Paddy Cummins and Macdara Yeates of Skipper’s Alley, Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds, Mórga), Hajime Takahashi (Liam O’Brien, The Friel Sisters), and Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.


Tickets can be bought for 24 euros at

For more details about MusicTown 2017, go to: MusicTown2017