Welcome to the site of writer and singer/songwriter, Kevin O'Regan, folk duo The Kevins, comic duo Holler n Duck and The Kevin O'Regan Band.

"A heady cocktail of folk with a hint of blues a dash of country a splash of rock washed down with a large measure of his characteristic exuberance."

"Exuberant, varied, entertaining - that's Kevin."

"...if talent is enough to get you where you want to be, then Kevin has a very good chance of getting there."
                                                                                       
John Sear, Four Shires

You never know what's lurking in the bushes!

You never know what's lurking in the bushes!

2021 The phoenix rises 

Huge thanks to all those who joined me on my Facebook Live concerts in March. The Comic songs for Relief concert had 700 views and may get some more so thank you to all those who tuned in. I've got one more to do on 5th May for Great Knight Folk Club. If you ask to join the group, someone will approve you and you'll be able to join us. It will be at the slightly later time than the previous ones: the support act starts at 8.00 pm and I should start at 8.30 pm. I'll play for about an hour.

Meanwhile, I am starting to get enquiries about real live gigs as organisers start sorting dates. Please keep an eye on the gigs page to see if I/ we are performing near you.

Trilogy for Young Adults 

Kevin has just completed his trilogy for Young Adults called the Famous McKinley Worksheets. Kevin has always wanted to write fiction and indeed wrote his first book when he was about ten! This was an unashamed copy of the Biggles books; fortunately, the manuscript has not survived!

Go to the Writing page to find out more.

 

Kevin is currently seeking an agent to represent the trilogy to publishers.

Kevin stampedes Calgary 

Kevin played a solo gig at Calgary Stampede in July 2019. Billed as "the greatest outdoor show on earth", Calgary Stampede attracted 1.37 million visitors over the ten days of the show this year - over 100,000 per day. needless to say, they were not all watching when Kevin played but...

There may be a video of one song to add in a bit but, in the meantime, here's a photo.

 

Irish Night with the KORB and dancers 

This is what you've been waiting for I know. On 17th March we did a gig at Croughton Village Hall which was filmed by Paul Duffy and his associates. Paul recently sent me the four songs that were edited from the three cameras. This is Every Dog Will Have Its Day with our lovely dancers Jess and Nicola. You can get lots more videos of The KORB performing live on You Tube. Put kevinoregansings into the search box and then click on it to go to the profile. Look out for Wester Skeam, Angels Sometimes Fall and The Dresden Tango too which were all filmed at Croughton and edited.

Chris plays sax with The KORB 

One of the highlights of our year was playing at the wedding of our good friends Chris and Jill Arthur in his wedding. September. Unknown to Jill, Chris started to learn the saxophone and asked me if he could play on one song at his own wedding. He practised and practised when Jill was out of the house, had sax lessons and came over to rehearse with me a few times. The he did it! he played sax on Play All Night. And here's the video to prove it. Only troyble is that he can't stand this song any more!

Mini tour to Scotland 

Wonderful trip north of the border for 3 gigs at Benderloch (nr Oban) on the West Coast, Dunblane FC and Dunfermline FC. The hills were stunning in their aurumn colour and the people were so lovely, welcoming and appreciative. definitely want to return in the future. Hopefully I'll have a video to add soon. In the meantime, here's a pic from the gig at Benderloch. 

Katie at Newbury 

Rather belatedly, we have some footage on You Tube of Katie Smith dancing with us at Newbury Waterways Festival in July 2016. We now have another dancer working with us as well, the lovely Jessica Hutton. You can catch us with both of them on 15th March at Banbury FC and on 17th March at The Albion Brewerey Bar in Northampton doing our Irish Night. Check the Gigs page for the details.

Pete Zorn RIP 

I am so sad to hear of the death of Pete Zorn, one of the finest musicians playing on the folk circuit. He played for many years with Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson and latterly Steeleye Span as well of course as other combinations and bands. I had the enormous privilege of working with Pete when he played on my two albums and subsequently played with the band live when we did the album launch gig in September 2010. He was an extremely talented and versatile musician, playing sax (3 types), flute, piccolo, mandolin, guitar, bass and occasional percussion as far as I know. In the short time I spent with him, I learnt a massive amount. Play on Pete through eternity. You can hear Pete's brilliant sax playing on the Store page: listen to Your Aching Heart from the Never Look Back album and Crystals of Ice from the Mean Little River album. There is also a beautiful bit of sax at the end of the Mean Little River track on the same album.

Pete playing mandolin at the album launch gig in September 2010

Songwriting Success 

The results of the UK Songwriting Contest 2015 have just been announced and I am delighted to say that my song, 'A tune I'd never heard before' was one of only 15 finalists in the Folk and Acoustic category. The Contest attracts thousands of entries each year from across the World so this is a tremendous boost and re-assures me that I can write songs! You can hear the song on the site-wide player below and you can download it from the Music page. The song was written just after the London bombings in 2005 when everything looked depressing. I was singing at a folk club and a young girl got up and played violin beautifully and I though that is the power of music: it restores your faith and lifts your soul.

I entered two other songs in the contest. 'Doing DIY' reached the semi-finals in the Open Category and 'The fragrance of your perfume' was highly commended in the Love Songs category. 

It was really difficult deciding which songs to enter as I have so many and I think I have lots that are as good. Perhaps I'll have to enter a couple next year too!
 

UK Songwriting Contest success 

Really pleased to announce that the three songs I entered in the UK Songwriting Contest 2015 have had success. The comic song 'Doing DIY' which was entered in the Open Category has been selected as a semi-finalist in the competition as has 'A tune I'd never heard before' entered in the Folk/ Acoustic category. The Fragrance of your Perfume (Love Songs category) is pending a decision on  whether to be specially commended.

This is a fantastic achievement and I am hopeful that I will have more success as the competition progresses. The UK Songwriting Contest is open to anyone in the World and attracts thousands of entries every year. It is organised and supported by several music industry bodies and is judged by very impressive people from the business. You can find out more here: http://www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/  .

So here's a link to the You Tube video of Doing DIY performed by Holler n Duck. Please share it with all your friends - why should they miss out on a good laugh? 

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Upcoming Shows

Hampshire Country and Food Festival

Netley Marsh Showground, Netley Marsh, Hampshire

Kevin will be performing solo at this superb show. There's lots to see and do and great things to eat and drink. best of all is th4e music of course! Kevin will play at least two sets, maybe three, during the day.

Adults £15, seniors £14, children £4 but cheaper if you book online in advance.

Hampshire Country and Food Festival

Netley Marsh Showground, Netley Marsh, Hampshire

This is a brilliant show with lots to see, do eat and drink. And best of all of course is the music! Kevin will play at least two, maybe three, sets during the day. Come and join us.

Adults £15, seniors £14, children £4 but cheaper if you book online in advance.

Brackley Football Club Open Day

St James' Park, Churchill Way, Brackley, Northants

This is an open day so that people can come and see the facilities available at Brackley Town Football Club's brand new clubhouse. The KORB will be providing some nice atmospheric music while people browse or sit and have some refreshment in the main function room. We will play two sets, one at about 11.15 am ish and the second at about 12.30 pm. Come and say hello - entry is free!