RICHIE KAVANAGH AND THE ‘AON FOCAL EILE’ SONG
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 effortlessly and people flock to him
naturally. He has plugged straight into that part of Ireland that begins where
the Naas carriageway ends.
Now Ireland's 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 became 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.
Fourteen 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”, etc. To date he has written and recorded 14 CD Albums and filmed 8 DVDs.
Now Ireland’s No.1 Comedy Songwriter, he is one of the friendliest entertainers on tour today - entertaining crowds of all ages.
-Biography by Shay Healy