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Previous Recent Dates

– Tredegar House Folk Festival, Newport, Wales. Ticket info here.
– Tredegar Folk Festival Xtra, Newport, Wales. Ticket info here.
– Cecil Sharp House, London. Ticket info here.
– Private Gig, Frome, Somerset.
– CR, Borough of Culture Festival, Wandle Park. More info soon.
– St Patricks Day @Sixpence, Den Haag, Holland. March 2023
– The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London. February 2023
– Metronome Cafe, Morden, London, November 2022
– Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, Sept 2022
– More Music, Morecambe, Sept 2022
– Online Heroes Fest, Ontario, Canada, August 22
– Convergence, Antwerp Belgium, May 22
– Tredegar House Folk Festival, Wales, May 22
– Manchester Folk Festival w/ Lunatraktors + O’Hooley & Tidow
– ParalympicsGB Homecoming celebration @ Wembley Arena w/ Madness, Jamie Cullum, James Arthur and Evelyn Glennie.

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Notable moments, highlights and events.

Every gig I have played is a privelege and opportunity I have learnt from. Then there was all these exciting times….

  • Drawn twice in private eye magazine
  • A chosen track for a castaway on Desert Island Discs
  • Mr Dorrit on radio 4 xmas broadcast of Little Dorrit
  • Featured in Christmas edition of Radio Times 2019
  • Performed at 2012 opening ceremony singing live to global audience
  • Received key to the city of Memphis, Shelby, Tupelo and Nashville
  • Played The National Anthem on The Kellycaster at Wembley 2021
  • Guest vocal for The Blockheads multiple times including at Ronnie Scotts where they played Spasticus Autisticus with John live for the 1st time since Ian Dury passed away.
  • Recorded at Air Studios, London and Sun Studios, Memphis and Crown Lane Studios, Morden.
  • 9 UK tours.
  • Performed in Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Germany, France, Estonia, Poland, Russia (On Red Square), Scotland, Wales & of course at home all over Ireland.
  • Sang at Professor Michael Olivers Memorial Celebration
  • A Co-founder of WSNBR
  • 1st programme Coordinator for Richard Stilgoes Orpheus Centre (appeared on This Is Your Life)
  • Published chapters in youth work, informal Education, Money Management and Music Education and Inclusion
  • Lectured about music tec at Global tec events – NIME keynote and at Stamford University
  • Sniffed the Queens Cushion.
  • Wrote degree level foundation in Disability Equality Education (Training The Trainer)
  • Enrolled in NDACA archive
  • Unlimited commissions for R&D
  • ACE & Unlimited funding for Debut Album
  • Guest lecture on Kellycaster at stamford
  • 1st class degree with honours in Education – from ‘speciial school with 6 cse’s lol!

Other Appearances & Tours
Reasons To Be Cheerful UK Tour x 4
Weighting UK Tour
Threepenny opera UK Tour
What Am I worth UK Tour
Human UK Tour
What they see in me
Wembley Para Homecoming (Live TV recording)
Folk expo showcase
Manchester folk festival
Glastonbury x 2
Tv appearances include BBC, ITV, Channel 4, RTE

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John Kelly is an Ernie Ball Endorsed Artist.