D'Arcy's Music

D'Arcy has been playing music professionally since 1998. That year, he helped organize the Celtic band Glencoulee, working with a variety of people but mainly with Ian Hepher and Richard Burke; D'Arcy played guitar and bodhran while providing lead vocals.  Before it disbanded in 2011, Glencoulee performed hundreds of gigs in Alberta and British Columbia, and produced three CDs: Rare Old Stuff, Meeting of the Waters and Glencoulee Live at the Empress.

D'Arcy had always played as a solo musician and he continued that more aggressively after Glencoulee folded and after he retired from the world of journalism. In 2013, D’Arcy and Ian Hepher reconnected as band members and began performing as Kavanagh & Hepher to significant acclaim. They continue to play their robust mix of Maritime-Irish-Scottish tunes at a variety of venues around Alberta.  

D'Arcy remains active with solo work, playing at corporate events, pubs and on special occasions. In addition, he still plays music at seniors' lodges and hospitals around the greater Lethbridge area, something he has done for more than 35 years.

Here are more details and video about D'Arcy's music as a solo or duo performer. For bookings, call D'Arcy at 403 380 0319 or send him anThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Solo Performer:

If you are looking for a solo singer and musician for weddings, receptions, background cocktail entertainment or outdoor BBQs, you may want to consider D'Arcy. He sings, plays the guitar and the bodhran (pictured here in his Kavanagh Tartan).

Bookings for D'Arcy as a solo call 403-380-0319

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Duo Performers:
Kavanagh & Hepher:

D'Arcy works often with fellow musician Ian Hepher. Ian plays a multitude of instruments. This duo has performed at events, lounges, pubs, outdoor BBQs, outdoor celebrations, lobsterfests, ceilidh house parties. BTW, they both wear Kilts.

Bookings for Ian as a duo call 403-715-6189

 

 

Below is a video of clips from a three-hour pub night. Pour yourself a Guinness, relax and watch this 15-minute demo (normal three-hour event there would be 45 - 50 songs - we've just given you a few to allow you to get your toes tapping). This is a heavy video so we recommend you close all other browser windows and have a high-speed connection.

(The pub was dark so we've lightened the video, but
the sound is what you will enjoy.)
 

 


St. Patrick's Day at Bobby's Place Old World Tavern, Calgary 

 

 

Danny Boy playing at a Folk Club 

 County Down at Honkers Pub

Singing the Bluenose

Memories of Dieppe (original work) at a Folk Club

D'Arcy at a rooftop party 

At an outdoor wedding

 


 

 

 

 

 Review by LA Beat of Kavanagh & Hepner

"The Owl Acoustic Lounge featured Celtic music courtesy of  D’Arcy Kavanagh and Ian Hepher. I caught them at  the end of a set break. They kicked off their next set with D’Arcy Kavanagh singing an excellent version of Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage while Hepher added harmonies and played bouzouki. Hepher took on lead vocals as Kavanagh exchanged his guitar for a bodhran to bang on, which had the crowd clapping along for the next song. They played a varied set ranging from the “ridiculous to the sublime,” according to Kavanagh, including Celtic classics like the “Night Paddy Murphy Died” and more popular numbers like the Proclaimers’ “I Would Walk 500 Miles, which had the crowd singing along."

 

D'Arcy's Books

 

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D'Arcy's Books have been purchased in * Canada * United States * Ireland * Australia * England * Scotland.

 

Ebooks are available at all ebook retailers, hardcopies are available from this website or in:

D'Arcy Kavanagh worked for years as a journalist for newspapers in Alberta and British Columbia before turning to freelance writing. Later, he took to the classroom as a journalism instructor. In 2012, he retired after nearly 40 years working in journalism and decided to combine his love of traveling, cycling and writing to produce mystery novels and travel books.

His first effort was The Bastard is Dead which was followed by A Vintage End, Deception on the Danube and Corsica Born and Dead.The novels feature blogger-columnist and ex-pro cyclist Paul Burke, and are set in Europe, primarily France. Besides plots involving murder, the books have been praised by readers for providing a colourful, realistic portrayal of southern France and the Austrian Danube, and for providing insight into some serious social issues. The national magazine Canadian Cycling even called The Bastard is Dead the "perfect summer read." Pleased with such response, D'Arcy is working on his fourth novel in the series called Corsica Born and Dead.

D'Arcy admits he's learned a number of lessons in writing his Paul Burke novels. First and foremost, he says he no longer discusses how to murder someone when he's in a public place, say a restaurant or while relaxing on a park bench. Another lesson he learned was to test all the food dishes he discusses in his books (foodies will love the novels for that info alone) because he'll get invitations to duplicate a meal at someone's house. He also decided at the outset not to model any characters after friends or family to avoid any potential conflicts. In fact, the only character in the series who has a real counterpart is Burke's dog Plato, who is based on D'Arcy's and Lynda's pooch Peanut.

And if you're wondering if the novels have to be read in sequence, they don't. Each book stands on its own although there are several recurring characters who undergo a variety of changes from book to book. 

 If you are a book club, a travel club or an organization and would like to have D'Arcy speak to your group about writing or about travel, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through WOW Tours parent company WOW Communications & Training Corp 403-329-0179. 

The Paul Burke series - click below to read about each novel and purchase options (Canadian Funds). In Lethbridge the books can also be purchased at Ascent Cycle and Flowers on 9th. 

 

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- Available in e-book

- Read Chapters 1 - 3

- Read Reviews

 

The Bastard is Dead:

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The Bastard is Dead:

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The Bastard is Dead:

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#1 - The Bastard is Dead:


Paul Burke is an ex-pro cyclist from Montréal, Canada who has settled down to a quiet, unproductive existence on the French Riviera. He’s managing to pay the bills by writing blogs and columns for a small newspaper chain, but spends most of his time just killing time. He knows he should make changes in his life, but can't find the energy to do so. Then the Tour de France comes to town and Burke finds himself caught up in one death and then a second. Curious about what happened, he starts to ask questions. As he tries to sort out what happened, Burke discovers that life will never be the same for him - and those around him.

Book Title Canadian U.S. International

vintage thumbRGB- Hardcopy 384 pages

- Available in e-book

- Read Chapters 1-3

- Read Reviews


A Vintage End:

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A Vintage End:

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A Vintage End:

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#2 - A Vintage End: 

A almost a year has passed since ex-pro cyclist Paul Burke from Montréal, Canada helped solve several murders, two connected to the Tour de France. He’s still enjoying life on the French Riviera as a blogger-columnist and decides to compete in the first of a series of vintage bicycle races celebrating the sport. But near the end of the inaugural event, participants encounter a macabre scene linking a major sponsor to one of the worst periods of recent French history. Once again, Burke finds himself in the middle of a mystery.

 

Book Title Canadian U.S.  International

Deception front- Hardcopy 315 pages

- Available in e-book

- Read the 1st Chapter

- Read Reviews

Deception on the Danube:

$13.95 plus Canadian Shipping $6
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Deception on the Danube:

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Deception on the Danube:

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#3 - Deception on the Danube: See the YouTube Teaser

 

In this novel, Paul Burke is taking a break from his life along the French Riviera to work as a tour guide for a group of 15 high-powered executives who are cycling by the Danube River in Austria as part of a team-building exercise. He’s joined on the trip by his friend Claude who has a gig as a chef aboard the cruise ship accompanying the riders, their families and staffers. The journey is going along well until someone is found dead by some castle ruins overlooking the village of Dürnstein. The police consider what happened to be an accident, but Burke has doubts. Then something worse happens and everyone knows it was murder.

Title Canadian U.S. International

corsica thumb- Hardcopy  200 pages

- Available in ebook

- Read the 1st chapter

 

 

 Corsica Born and Dead:

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Crosica Born and Dead:

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Corsica Born and Dead:

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#4 Corsica Born and Dead - See the YouTube Teaser

Ex-pro cyclist Paul Burke and his partner Hélène Rappaneau are enjoying a working holiday on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. One morning while out on a stroll, Burke sees a group of fishermen huddled on the beach of the village where he’s staying. Curious, he goes over and sees what everyone is looking at – two corpses. But that’s not the only surprise. The bodies are wearing hockey jerseys of the sport’s most famous club, the Montréal Canadiens, Burke’s hometown team. Despite his interest in what happened, Burke leaves the investigating to the local police, and he and Hélène continue onto the port city of Bastia where he will blog about a bicycle trade show – and where they encounter more surprises and more death.

 

 

Book Title Canadian U.S. International

   5th book

 Coming September 2018

     

Silenced in Spain Teaser:

Paul Burke has traveled to Spain to report on that country’s version of the Tour de France. It’s a short gig, but he’s looking forward to it, even if he has to share microphone duties with former rival Colin Bothwick. When the two men go for a reconnaissance ride prior to their TV efforts, all is well until Bothwick goes off on his own. That’s the last time Burke sees his old rival alive. The police think it might be an accident, but Burke has his doubts. Soon, though, he finds himself involved in much more than a road fatality.

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