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by Pete Kavanagh

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Mercy is an alternative rock song harking back to the dark grunge days of the 90s, think Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds…, with a strong melodic, musical delivery underpinning dark lyrics that deal with Clerical and State abuse in Ireland.

The track features Pete on double track lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Graham Hopkins on drums, Hally on lead guitar and backing vocals and William McCormack on bass.

Mercy is the third single to be taken from Pete’s debut album "Join Up the Dots" which is set for release on November 5th. Soulful and captivating, the album combines alt-country, folk and rock with an overriding Americana feel.

Mercy was originally inspired by ‘Dear Daughter’, the Christine Buckley documentary which moved me to tears. Her voice was strong and her convictions unwavering. She bravely spoke about her horrific experience of life at St. Vincent’s Institutional School in Dublin (Goldenbridge). She had the courage to speak out and worked tirelessly, campaigning on behalf of the survivors of clerical and state abuse and was instrumental in opening a door to enable other victims/survivors to be heard. The struggle continues to this day as the survivors relentlessly continue their fight for justice.


released October 15, 2021
Music & Lyrics by Pete Kavanagh © Pete Kavanagh 2021
Musicians: Pete Kavanagh, Hally, William McCormack & Graham Hopkins
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered & Produced by Hally at Arthouse Studios


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Pete Kavanagh

Pete Kavanagh is a contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

His songs explore dark themes with evocative lyrics, wry wit and a well-honed musical delivery.

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