Luke Kelly Festival kicks off this August

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Dublin City Council’s Luke Kelly Festival will kick off in Smithfield Square, as a nod to the singer’s inner-city roots, this August 13.

Taking place from 12pm until 6pm, this free festival promises to be a huge celebration of Dublin music legend Luke Kelly.

The event will include a variety of live music performances, interesting discussion sessions and family friendly arts and crafts.

“When you mention Dublin and music in the same sentence, Luke Kelly is one of the first names that springs to mind,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste.

“He is a legend in this city and beyond. So, I am absolutely delighted that we are honouring him in this way, by holding a festival dedicated to both himself and his music. There’s only one Luke Kelly.”

Put together by artist MacDara Yeates and author Leagues O’Toole, in liaison with Paula McCann representing the Luke Kelly family, each aspect of the day has been included to give attendees a real insight into the life and loves of Luke Kelly.   

Live music will be provided by performers such as Damien Dempsey, who will sing songs from Luke’s repertoire, and former Dubliners member Sean Cannon. E

Along with a host of familiar faces, UK folk music legend Martin Carthy will be on hand to discuss the UK folk scene in the early 60s, where Luke trained with Ewan MacColl and plied his trade before returning to Ireland to join The Dubliners.

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