The Illegals Nov Portaferry live music gigs 2021
Fri 26 Nov

MusicThe Illegals

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute: The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

Let us take you back to 1980: you had your Rubik’s Cube for Christmas, Mount Saint Helen’s erupts, The Undertones are demonising their Perfect Cousin and… The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac served-up two of the best live double-albums of all time.
Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at with their ever-popular classic-rock revival show replicating the sound of the world’s two greatest rock bands. Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerising voice and mischievious spirit! The Illegals will take you on a journey of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two bands in one night!


Hotel California
Go You Own Way
Life In The Fast Lane
Don't Stop
Take It Easy
Say That You Love Me
Love Will Keep Us Alive
The Chain
New Kid In Town


Niamh is outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock


Simply Stunning


About the band

The Illegals are a band of experienced musicians, putting on a formidable show and giving thousands of fans an experience they won’t forget.

Niamh Kavangh            vocals
Paul Dean                     vocals, guitars
Paul Megahey               vocals, guitars
Jim Sisk                         vocals, keyboards, saxophone
Alyn Watson                   bass
Joe Hanratty                  drums
Peter Cochrane             lead guitars
Quick Band Biog
The Illegals started on the back of the Hell Freezes Over album/video and tour of 1994. The band was founded by music producer Mud Wallace along with Torry McGahey (of The Freshmen fame) and Joe Hanratty. Jim Sisk and Paul Megahey joined the band in 1996/97. 
Mud sadly died in 2016 – a much lamented loss to the music scene in the north.
Niamh joined the band in 1998 – at first as a guest vocalist and later on a permanent basis. It was then that the band decided to expand its repertoire to include Fleetwood Mac – and put Niamh’s exceptional voice to the fore. Lead guitarist Peter Cochrane came on board in 1999 and Belfast-based singer Paul Dean brought his skills to the band in 2005.
Torry eventually stepped back from the gigging world and Alyn Watson stepped in on bass guitar in 2013 – though Torry still occasionally gets his bass guitar out of the loft for a spin. Drummer Joe Hanratty is the band’s longest-serving member having been behind the kit from the very start.
The band has been playing as a seven-piece for over 13 years and is renowned for its blend of soulful harmonies, instrumental acrobatics and plain, simple craic. More popular than ever, the Illegals are now playing to packed theatres both north and south of the border and with many appearances on TV and radio as well as being a popular shout for festivals.

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Event Details

Fri 26 Nov
19:30 to 22:15



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Fiddler's Green
  • The Cuan
  • Deli-licious
  • The Slip Inn
  • The Lep

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.