The piano man and the Irish songstress…musical magic

From Irish music to American boogie-woogie – millions of people are, by now, aware of the great talents of Irish pianist Brendan Kavanagh. He can play anything instantly.

The musician has created multiple videos that show him joining in with other piano players who are playing on public pianos as they pass the time at London’s St Pancras train station.

The videos are a huge hit and usually involve him surprising somebody who is sat at the piano by joining in behind them before starting to jam with the original musician and creating something very special.

One this occasion, it is Kavanagh at the piano, and he has taken the supporting role as singer Kezia Gill showcases her own musical talents.

Gill is a Nottingham singer of Irish descent who performs several genres including Irish folk, blues, country and rock.

In this video, the multi-talented musician stands beside the piano with her guitar and tin whistle as Kavanagh plays.

Gill starts playing a melody with her tin whistle before starting to play guitar and when she starts to sing, she has the voice of an angel.

The duo perform the classic Scottish/Irish song Will Ye Go Lassie Go followed by I Can’t Stop Loving You which was written by country star Don Gibson and made famous by Ray Charles.

It was much to the delight to commuters at the London station and they built up quite a crowd as their performance went on, with plenty of people clearly thinking that work could wait a few minutes.

There was a big cheer at the end of their performance and Kavanagh and Gill had a chat.

Kavanagh is used to being the one whose talent takes another unsuspecting musician by surprise, but on this occasion, he was blown away by Gill’s performance.

He told her: “I think I need to lie down and have a cup of coffee after that. I’m shocked by the level of talent at the end of the piano.”

They had a chat about the sad decline of great Irish pubs in the UK, as well as Gill’s range of styles and hectic touring schedule.

Take a look at the video below.

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.