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Powerful moments & melodies combine throughout the sound & themes in Pete's Folk-based tunes.”

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The atmosphere of the music created by this artist is very fascinating, the thing that makes it unique and magical is Pete’s voice. An artist of sure talent who has a uniquely original style. In some moments the chord progression and harmonic intuitions reminded me of Radiohead.” - Chris

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Pete Kavanagh

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All songs written, arranged & performed by Pete Kavanagh. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Arthouse Studio by Hally. Produced by Hally.

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"Mercy" - Latest Single

The Americana-infused track tackles one of the countries most stigmatised issues, supporting victims of clerical and state abuse.”

Hot Press

This is a powerful film for a powerful song and an important message. Musicians find immovable objects inside people's pain and this is an important work.”

Holly Csiga

“We didn’t want to face up to it… You cannot say people didn’t understand what was going on. There was a colluding silence. And that colluding silence supported a state that didn’t want to intervene and assisted this institutional regime.”   
- President Michael D Higgins
Taken from the Book The Best Catholics in the World by Derek Scally. Published 2021. 

Previous events

Songwriters in the Round

The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

3 Voices 3 Guitars, 1 Intimate venue Gillian Tuite, Pete Kavanagh and Elena Duff come together for night of original music performed ‘in the round’ in The Vintage Room within the Workman’s Club on Friday the 5th of November at 8pm. The music starts 8pm - feel free to come earlier and enjoy a drink in the bar area!

Tickets €10


The Moat Theatre, Naas

The Arts (including all these musicians) have been battered and bruised but not broken

Join us for an unforgettable night on September 20th. Extremely limited tickets so book now on

The Acoustic Freeway Pete Kavanagh Saoirse Casey and special guest PADDY CASEY

€25 per person Table of 4 for €90 €10 to STREAM LIVE ON THE NIGHT!


You can purchase a ticket for out LIVE STREAM here! Just buy a ticket for €10 and you will receive a link to the stream on the night Table Service Caberet Style Adhering to all guideline

STREAM LIVE ON THE NIGHT! Once booked watch your email for live stream code.

Featured Artist @ Darkey Kelly's Tuesday Singer-Songwriter Night

Darkey Kelly's, 19 Fishamble Street, Christchurch Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

A weekly session in the legendary Darkey Kelly's in Fishamble St Dublin (near Christ Church Cathedral). It runs every Tuesday from 7.15 to 10.30 and features some of the very best singer-songwriters on the Dublin circuit as well as many visiting performers from further afield. It's hosted by Tommy Keyes with PJ Maher on sound and coordination - guest hosts also take the reins from time to time.


pete kavanagh performing in Tommy Fletchers Naas. [Photo by Paul O'Rourke]
I've always been drawn to ‘story’ songs with vivid imagery and characters I can relate to.”

Pete Kavanagh

About Pete Kavanagh

Pete Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter, a musician and storyteller from Co. Kildare, Ireland. His style is best described as Americana-infused folk. His sound invokes the vintage quality of his musical influences (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Tom Waits), but a contemporary feel that is unique to him surges through it. 

He weaves dark themes in his songwriting, exploring psyche and despair of human nature while wryly holding onto hope for something better.

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Link to purchase Pete Kavanagh's single Mercy


To Hold the Red Rose

To Hold the Red Rose


My new single 'Mercy' was released on Friday 15th October. This song is accompanied by a very powerful video that premiered on 16th October on Facebook and YouTube.

"The video - directed by Mary Duffin and shot in black and white - tells the story of a man journeying to confront the priest who abused him in his youth. Pete Kavanagh himself plays the protagonist, while his son portrays the younger version of the character. Ominous close-up shots and heavy use of Christian iconography hint at the dark underbelly of the story without having to spell it out." - HOT PRESS

“This is a powerful film for a powerful song and an important message. Musicians find immovable objects inside people's pain and this is an important work.” – Holly Csiga


Mercy was originally inspired by ‘Dear Daughter’, the Christine Buckley documentary which moved me to tears. Her voice was strong and her convictions unwavering. She bravely spoke about her horrific experience of life at St. Vincent’s Institutional School in Dublin (Goldenbridge). She had the courage to speak out and worked tirelessly, campaigning on behalf of the survivors of clerical and state abuse and was instrumental in opening a door to enable other victims/survivors to be heard. The struggle continues to this day as the survivors relentlessly continue their fight for justice. 

This has been a huge team effort. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity work with some amazing people on this single - Hallymusic, Graham Hopkins, William McCormack, Pam Kavanagh, Mj Smyth, Mary Duffin, Mary Power-Cooney, Brian McCabe and my son. 

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