DECLAN KELLY

Saturday | Village Vanguard | 3.30pm
Sunday | Courthouse | 12.00pm

Declan kelly was born in Sydney Australia to an Irish Father and a Maori mother.Having 2 strong ancestral ties made it no wonder that creativity and Music was running through his blood. His Mother ‘Salley’ a singer also exposed Declan to the life of a musician and Instruments from an early age where he took to the drums and Guitar,singing to come later in his life.

During his high school years he grew up in Sydney’s Balmain were live music was abundant and a thriving scene made this village alive and a great place to grow up for a budding musician. Here he met Alex Lloyd and other musicians to form his 1st band “The Beefs” which went on to play in bars under age and also win a number of Band competion’s as they had a uniqueness in that they played Rhythm and Blues which most teenagers were unfamiliar with and performing music’s that were current.

It was when Kelly finished school that he was headhunted by one of the hardest working Rhythm and Blues bands ‘The Bond Cigars ‘ and immediately began touring rigorously and really honing his craft as a musician and then to be songwriter. He recorded an album with them before parting 4 years later in his early 20’s to form other bands and eventually write and pen his own tunes.

Having been the drummer for a number of great artists,Kelly learnt the craft of good song writing,recording authentically and the mastery of studio production, and the delivery of a rockin live show fronted by himself. This leads us to his very own debut album “Tales from the Neighbourhood” back in 2005.

Andy Glitre - A well known JJJ disc jockey saw great potential in Declan and helped him fund “Tales...” and through his label saw him receive solid Airplay through a changing format of radio. His live show was picked up by many festivals throughout Australia as Kelly provided a Authentic Roots flavor that was blossoming in Australia at this time. His love of roots reggae and polynesian Harmony won the respect of many of his peers.

His 2nd album “Adrift” saw Declan’s songwriting mature to become deeply moving and personal. Also his production skills move up a few gears to produce an Authentic quality Album of well crafted songs. 2 songs from this album ,”Far and away” and “Hold the light” where featured in the BBC series ‘Top of the lake’ Directed by Jane Campion.

The latest production from Kelly is a collaborative effort and an awareness and fundraising album called ‘Diesel n Dub’ with a collection of Reggae and Dub versions of Midnight Oil songs featuring a stellar cast (Katie Noonan,Alex Lloyd,Emma Donovan and Radical Son) to name a few. Proceeds go to the Indigenous Literacy foundation.

Kelly continues to write and is in the process of pre-production of his next album.



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