Singer - Songwriter - Storyteller

This debut album ranks right up there beside the best of new Irish talent over recent decades. ” - Paul McGee

Lonesome Highway

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

Sleeping Bag Studios

"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. 

To Hold the Red Rose - featured on the RTE Radio 1 Playlist


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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Join up the Dots Album

Join up the Dots Album

Hold On

Hold On

Link to purchase Pete Kavanagh's single Mercy


To Hold the Red Rose

To Hold the Red Rose

June Fest 2022 - Pete Kavanagh live at The Riverbank Arts Centre 

Come join us on Saturday, June 18th at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, for a fantastic night of music as part of June Fest 2022

I will be joined on the night by a band of talented musicians, namely Joe Heffernan on Electric Guitar, Barry Mulrennan on Bass, Pam Kavanagh on Backing Vocals, Jonny Warren on Drums and Backing Vocals and Mairead Carroll on Fiddle and Backing Vocals, plus a surprise guest or two. 

Support on the night is from local Newbridge legends Unorthodox Behaviour & Mairead Carroll. 

If Alt-Country, Rock and Americana infused folk is your thing, then this show is not to be missed. Get your tickets early for a great night of music while supporting your local arts scene. We hope to see you there! 

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June Fest 2022 Riverbank Arts Centre Pete Kavanagh Live