Michael Kelly Cavan is a Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Ireland and raised by his immigrant parents in North Bay, Ontario. It was during his formative years that Michael found a love of music and his own Irish Tenor voice, first as a young choirboy and then as a singer and guitarist in the Irish pub scene. Now, as a mature Canadian songwriter, Michael finds inspiration in his immigrant family experience as well as his life growing up in Northern Ontario. “I’ve always maintained a strong connection to my homeland, through the stories my parents would tell my siblings and me while at the same time drawing great creative energy from the people and geography of Northern Ontario and the country in general. There is something wonderful about arriving at a time in life when the culture of your birth and your adopted culture blend into a way of being that fits like a comfortable old sweater.”
Michael creates his own sound and blend of both Irish and Canadian folk music traditions.
In terms of songwriting Michael has been dabbling at it since he was in elementary school. “I had a long walk to and from school each day and I often filled up the solitary distance by composing little songs. In high school I wrote our school song and also wrote lyrics and music for a successful little production based on the antics at our local city hall. In a review, the local paper noted that they couldn’t publish any of the lyrics because they would incriminate several of the counsellors.”
Michael has played in several rock/pop bands including a stint in Ireland
with an Irish showband. He has performed as a sing-a-long piano player on a tourist train (the Polar Bear Express), has graced the stages of Massey Hall, the El Macombo, the Horseshoe Tavern, Hughs Room and various other venues.He has sung the Irish National Anthem (in gaelic) in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto to kick of the St. Patricks day celebrations and frozen his fingers off while playing on a float in the Toronto St Paddys’ day parade. He has released 4 CD’s to date and is currently working on a Irish traditional one and one of new original material.
He currently performs throughout Soutwestern Ontario and runs
the Cavan Creative School of Songwriting in Kitchener Ontario.
With his singing, playing and storytelling and his melodic tenor voice and gentle wit, Michael continues to provide heartwarming and foot-tapping entertainment wherever he finds a stage.