Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh / Press

“Folk duo Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh blend genre’s past with its present Deb Cavanaugh and Dick Kavanaugh get passionate when the subject of traditional music arises. And in a conversation with the folk duo — billed as Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh — that subject will inevitably come up. Over coffee and tea at a cafe near their Albany home, the couple, both life and musical partners, get into the importance of folk music, the need to keep traditions alive and how it’s all tied to our understanding of American culture and history. Managing to avoid a self-righteous tone, both Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh talk about their mission (though they don’t expressly use that word) to help pass along the traditions of folk through their workshops and performances. And by singing old songs alongside their originals, they seem to relish being part of a kind of folksong dialogue that stretches back through history, but still touches the present.”

Philip Schwartz - Schenectady Gazette

“The long-running folk duo of Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh head up to the legendary Caffe Lena coffeehouse in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night to celebrate the release of their new disc, "Returning." Not only are Deb Cavanaugh and Dick Kavanaugh are both multitalented instrumentalists, but they both sing and contribute some heartfelt original songs to the album, which was recorded and mixed at MoonDog East in Poestenkill and the Red Sun Soundroom in Niskayuna. After kicking off with the rousing "Barn Dance" — sure to set toes to tapping — the album features a version of the traditional "Deep Elem Blues" (which has been recorded by such diverse artists as Johnny Cash and the Grateful Dead) and 10 more original tunes in the folk and country tradition. The best of the bunch are a pair of Kavanaugh-penned instrumentals, the Celtic flavored "Young Timothy" and the uptempo banjo number "Gypsy Dog Dance."”

Greg Haymes - Times Union