My Kildare Life interview with Naas musican Pete Kavanagh

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My Kildare Life interview with Naas musican Pete Kavanagh

Pete Kavanagh

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

I was blessed with an idyllic childhood, full of love, joy, wonder and fun. I remember long summer days full of adventure, rounders and kick the can and cosy winter nights with board games and imaginative play. There was music, books, toys and games and occasions were celebrated with friends and relations — Easter eggs, Christmas toys, Halloween treats and birthday parties.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE?

Kildare is a wonderful place to bring up a young family. My son attends Naas Community school and absolutely loves it. He has been fortunate with good teachers and has made some friends. He also has good social outlets such as Naas Athletic Club and Theatrics with Mary Power Cooney and my daughter loves her preschool with Sandra Daly in Naas and she’s recently joined Tara’s Dance Class in Monread. We are close to extended family . Having lived in Scotland for 14 years, we really appreciate that.

IDEAL DAY SPENT IN THE COUNTY?

A long lazy morning spent at home with my tribe, a good breakfast and the sounds on, then off for a long nature walk, somewhere such as Donadea Forest, Castletown House or down the canal in Naas, then a nice feed in a wide choice of fine establishments in Kildare and then after we settle the kids to bed, a glass or two of Red with my wife Pam and toast in the coming night.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

I’d choose Butt Mullins in Naas. It holds a sentimental edge for me as I used to play a regular gig there every Saturday night for around six months (with tips and a feed thrown in, it was a nice gig for a twenty year old) and of course, the food is divine. My parents also first met there when it was a part of Lawlor’s Hotel (Many moons ago)

WHAT GIVES KILDARE ITS UNIQUENESS?

You enjoy all the benefits of town or country life, yet can be in Dublin in under an hour. I adore the local feel and the choice of places to visit.

HOW IS THE MUSIC BUSINESS GOING?

I am currently recording my album 9 Chapters at Arthouse Studio in Naas with Hally and a cackle of local musicians helping me out. It’s due for release in the Autumn. Instagram and Facebook: Pete Kavanagh Music