Pete Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter, a musician and storyteller from Co. Kildare,Ireland. His style is best described as folk/Americana. His sound invokes the vintage quality of his musical influences (Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, David Bowie), but a contemporary feel that is unique to him surges through it. n 1996, Pete met vocalist Pamela Halpin at a songwriters’ session in Newbridge,Co. Kildare. The duo moved to Galway in 1997 and collaborated under the moniker ‘Tongue’. Tongue was featured on two compilation albums released by Galway label Origin Records, produced by Jon Richards of Galway Bay FM, which featured artists including Ultan Conlon, Kirsten Hersh, Dean Friedman and The Devlins. Tongue performed numerous live shows in Galway and Kildare before moving to Edinburgh, supporting acts such as Juliet Turner, Scullion, Martin Stephenson and Luka Bloom. In the Spring of 2019, Pete began recording his debut album, Join up the Dots, at Arthouse Studios in Naas. The album is set to be released on November 18th 2020. Hold On is a follow up to the first single from the forthcoming album, To Hold The Red Rose.
Ready to provide comfort & catharsis by confronting anxiety & authority with the creative freedom, courage, and artistic integrity required to make a resounding impact on the hearts & minds of those who listen, Pete Kavanagh dives deep into an emotional trauma and encourages us all to " Hold On". Not an easy task these days when we are facing lockdown, manipulated by the media whose intention is to scare the people, there's massive government oppression, it's no wonder mental health issues are rising and people are feeling increasingly depressed and hopeless. Hold On intends to fight all this, searches the light in the dark.
Kavanagh's vocal is fragile, transmitting all the emotions and everything many of us can't find the words for. If you listen carefully, you'll find the title of his forthcoming album, Join up the Dots, among those lines.The more you listen to the track, the more the light of positivity creeps in and the final line "I'm trying to hold on", repeated several times, gets into your head and becomes the mantra that will ease your mind and you finally start believing in the good outcome and brighter future.