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John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?

Will Fly 21 Feb 15 - 11:30 AM
GUEST,Ellen Vannin 23 Feb 15 - 04:08 AM
GUEST,Dave the Gnome 23 Feb 15 - 04:24 AM
Will Fly 23 Feb 15 - 04:37 AM
Backwoodsman 24 Feb 15 - 02:54 AM
GUEST,Dave the Gnome 24 Feb 15 - 04:35 PM
GUEST,Dave the Gnome 25 Feb 15 - 09:18 AM
Backwoodsman 25 Feb 15 - 09:33 AM
Harmonium Hero 25 Feb 15 - 10:00 AM
Will Fly 25 Feb 15 - 10:37 AM
vectis 25 Feb 15 - 11:59 PM
Backwoodsman 26 Feb 15 - 01:58 AM
TheSnail 26 Feb 15 - 11:06 AM
Big Al Whittle 26 Feb 15 - 02:40 PM
Big Al Whittle 26 Feb 15 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,Will Fly, on the wing 27 Feb 15 - 03:52 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 27 Feb 15 - 11:52 AM
GUEST,Dave the Gnome 27 Feb 15 - 02:27 PM
Harmonium Hero 02 Mar 15 - 01:49 PM
Big Al Whittle 02 Mar 15 - 02:58 PM
Harmonium Hero 02 Mar 15 - 03:57 PM
The Sandman 02 Mar 15 - 04:03 PM
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Subject: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Will Fly
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 11:30 AM

Haven't heard from John for some time and was reminded of him while playing his "Come All You Wild Young Men" CD this afternoon. (Lovely stuff, by the way).

I know he's not been doing his usual wanderings round the clubs for some time - just hope all is well.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Ellen Vannin
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 04:08 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 04:24 AM

I'm in contact with some of his Morris Dancing friends - I'll ask round.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Will Fly
Date: 23 Feb 15 - 04:37 AM

Thanks Dave - appreciated. I know he was having difficulty in financing his gig-getting, promotional tours around the country in recent years - which may be a reason for not seeing him for some time.

Just hope he's well - lovely man!


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Feb 15 - 02:54 AM

He certainly is, Will. And a damn fine and unique performer, IMHO. Like you, I hope everything's good with John.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Feb 15 - 04:35 PM

No response to my emails yet - If I don't hear by weekend, I'll ring someone.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Feb 15 - 09:18 AM

Just back from one of my Morris dancing mates -

"Hi Dave

Noting wrong with John kelly – I see him at practices every Thursday so I'll tell him you've been asking about him when I see him tomorrow night."

If you want to get in touch, Will, let me know.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 25 Feb 15 - 09:33 AM

Good news. Thanks Dave. 👍


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 25 Feb 15 - 10:00 AM

Hello. It is I!
My attention was drawn to this thread the other day. I haven't got a computer, so I don't see these things regularly. Nice to know I haven't been forgotten completely! I'm out of circulation, simply because there's no work for the likes of me (and quite a few others - we could probably make out a long list between us). There are about a couple of dozen 'usual suspects' whose names crop up with momotonous regularity on club and festival guest lists, radio shows (can you have a 'show' on radio?), and in magazines. It seems to be all about the Stars' latest Projects these days. The rest of us mere folk singers can sod off. Do I sound bitter and twisted?
I'm only insured as 'retired' at the moment, until I can find some way to get back on the road. I've never intended to retire. There is nothing stopping me from singing or playing. I'm still dancing. Why no work? You'd need to ask the club organisers that. As Will Fly says above, I can't afford to get about doing the promo stuff that was getting me dates. There are whole areas of the country that I haven't been to, so they don't know what I do. They could always visit my website: harmoniumhero.com
Enough moaning. I'm interested in getting together with one or two other musicians within reasonable travelling distance of Merseyside. I'd like to work with a harpist and cellist, ideally people who can also sing - enough to do harmonies at least, and are able to play one or two other instruments. Anybody interested?
Watch tis space, and thanks for the concern.
John Kelly.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Will Fly
Date: 25 Feb 15 - 10:37 AM

Hi John - nice to hear from you - and glad that you're still extant, as they say!

I'm sorry that my theory about getting about has turned out to be true - I always looked forward to the possibility of getting to see you at some point in your peregrinations around England in the van. It's shame that you're "housebound", so to speak at the moment.

Well, I hope things look up for you. And if there are any club organisers out there with some spare dates...


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: vectis
Date: 25 Feb 15 - 11:59 PM

I booked him, twice! He must have been good or he wouldn't have been asked back. Book the bloke someone, he is far too good to waste.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 01:58 AM

Everything Will and Vectis said - this guy is unique and a fine musician and singer.
FFS book him, somebody!


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: TheSnail
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 11:06 AM

John Kelly
Why no work? You'd need to ask the club organisers that.

Simple enough. There are only fifty two weeks in the year and a lot of artists wanting gigs. We have to make choices.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 02:40 PM

never mind John...you gave it your best shot and produced some of the very best versions of traditional folksongs that i ever heard...

their loss! be very proud of what you achieved!


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 02:44 PM

even though my wife went crazy when you emptied out your van on my drive.... i'll never forget finding the baby mice. i put them in tupperware and released them out in the country somewhere near Jacksdale....


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Will Fly, on the wing
Date: 27 Feb 15 - 03:52 AM

Well - now wonder he can't get out to play - you released the mice into the wild. Now who's going to work the harmonium bellows...?


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 27 Feb 15 - 11:52 AM

Thanks mudcat mates...

I love harmonium.. one of my favourite instruments..

Don't think I previously knew about John Kelly (Harmonium Hero),
but now I've just checked the videos - He's the best 'folkie' singer I've heard for ages...


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Feb 15 - 02:27 PM

Here's a sample of this brilliant and unique performer.

(Send the the fiver later, John :-P )


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 01:49 PM

Thanks for all the comments and support. This is what's made me persist with this for as long as I have. - plenty of others have lost the will.
Hi Mary. How's things 'Dahnander'?
Al: No, No! ees Hamster Mister Fawlty!
Dave: thanks for the link.

Bryan: I'm not complaining about the clubs - like yours - who have booked me, in some cases repeatedly (I've just been offered a return date at a club I've done five times before, for instance, and my last date - last May - was at a club which I've done about ten times). The problem is the ones that just aren't interested. I sing Folk Songs, which is what Folk Clubs used to be about; in fact a lot of them used to be called Folk Song Clubs. It was about the SONGS, not 'personalities' or stand-up comedy or awards. I respect and believe in the songs, ang try to do them the bast way I can. I know from the comments I've had in person and on Mudcat and elsewhere, that people like what I'm doing. I've gone out of my way to do promo spots in clubs so that organisers can see what I do at first hand and unenhanced by technology, and can see how their club reacts. Can I do fairer than that? I think it's the best way, and some club hosts have said so too. A lot of other people won't do that. I've lost money doing it. And my experiences overall (it varies from region to region) are that two thirds of club organisers are simply not interested. What do they want? That was the reason for my comment about asking them why I don't get booked. Perhaps they just think I'm a crap folk singer. Fair enough, but experience tells me that others don't agree; otherwise I'd have given up, as other singers have done. Incidentally, I don't think the Folk Clubs owe me a living. They don't owe anybody else a living, for that mater.
I was driven out of this once before by disillusionment and frustration, and I have been determined not to let that happen this time. But I can't afford it any more.

Still trying to carry on somehow, and singing to myself - 'cos I like the stuff I sing.
John Kelly.

By the way, any offers re: potential harpist or cellist mentioned in my previous post?


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 02:58 PM

i think its sad - because of all the expertise that is in you.

i'm not sure about your contention that folk clubs used to be be more traddy tolerant, there were just more clubs. there were very few traddy singers with your level of skill.

even the very good ones like MacColl, Tony Rose, Nic Jones didn't shy away from being boring in a way that you never would.

You are one of the most exceptional performers of traditional material i have ever seen.. Your ability to vary your approach with your mastery of all those instruments and devotion to the craft of performing is quite stunning.
Brian Peters is somewhat similar in his approach, but i notice he has to do a fair amount of globe trotting to keep the show on the road. its a trade off.

because of my personal circumstances (a disabled wife) i have never travelled much. but i think maybe because of your great focus on traditional music, to make a living you will have to consider this if you want music making as a principle source of revenue.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 03:57 PM

Hi Al. I wasn't necessarily meaning strictly trad, although my understanding is that the clubs originally started with people wanting to get together and sing the old songs. That seems to have been the starting point both sides of the Atlantic. But it would seem that, at some fairly early stage, people started adding to the repertoire with songs 'in the style of'. Nowt wrong with that, although many of us, including me, think there is currently too much emphasis on singer-songwriters. I think that the present-day singer-songwriters have pretty well lost any real connection with the tradition. But that's another argument.
When I got involved with Folk, it was a pretty healthy mix of Trad, 'Contemporary Folk' and, to a smaller extent, Blues. How much Blues do you hear in the clubs now? A while back, I did a floor spot in a 'Folk and Blues' club. Only about three people did anything you'd call Folk, and there wasn't any Blues. As I was packing up, one of the other singers said: "Wasn't a bad night tonight was it?" Dodging the question, I said: "I was surprised I didn't hear any Blues. I thought there might have been some tonight, but there wasn't any". To which he replied: "No. There isn't any folk some nights either, but at least we had some tonight". Can Folk Clubs be taken to court under the Trades Descriptions Act?
But, whatever your tastes and preferences, it was still about the songs. That, I think, is the essential difference between folk and Pop. With Pop, it's about the singer; with Folk, it's about the song. Which is why it doesn't matter, in Folk, whether the singer is of the same gender as the person speaking in the song. The Folk singer is giving voice to the person in the song, while the Pop singer is pretending it's about them. Hence my earlier comments regarding songs, singers, awards, etc.
I'm just getting behind the settee before the flak starts flying.
Regards to Denise, by the way.
John Kelly


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:03 PM

john, it happens to all of us. an example to me..... here
I received this message on facebook today
Thanks for the add Richard. Eight or nine years ago I saw you in An Teach Beag in Clonakilty and bought one of your cds. It was a great night.
well, that venue has not booked me since, somebody really enjoyed the evening, here i am nine years later and have not had another gig at the venue.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:13 PM

I remember Brimstone starting one gig going.....

I played this place fourteen years ago....must have gone down well.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:18 PM

Big Al - "You are one of the most exceptional performers of traditional material i have ever seen.. Your ability to vary your approach with your mastery of all those instruments and devotion to the craft of performing is quite stunning."

Couldn't agree more, John is not only a superb musician and singer, but he is also a unique performer. It's a travesty that a performer of his calibre is spurned by the clubs, but it seems to be something that happens - Al, you and I know personally at least one other top-notch singer, player and writer who was cold-shouldered by the 'folk-cognoscenti' until he eventually threw in the towel.

It's a shame, a real shame.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:32 PM

i sort of agree, but when someone wrote andrew Rose - did he have in mind it to be sang alongside the border widow's lament. didn't people always mix a new song with old songs.

the idea of doing old songs is very modern - its the folk revival. no wonder the concept is sticky, and people have trouble getting a handle on it.

you get these ringbinder types who acknowledge no duty of performance to the audience, the mere act of being aware of folk music and reading the words gives it some sort of legitimacy - not just traditional music. the other night i had someone solemnly read Crystal Chandeliers to me.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 05:42 PM

Forgive posting as "Guest", but - in an incredible coincidence, have just booked HH (precise date tbc), then stumbled on this thread - don't want to hijack it into an ad for our venue !

Several in our (small) club, on hearing the news , said words to the effect of "Great, one of my all time favourites". Many singers who do the same kind of ballads make them seem every bit as long as they are, and more. With John, the end comes too soon, you're hanging on every word (even if you know fine well what's coming next!). Buy one of his CDs and you're in serious danger of wearing your CD player out

Why not book him earlier ? We're a weekly club, but with a guest once a month. So, with rare exceptions, only a dozen slots per year. Audience need a variety of acts (although even our singer-songwriter guests are what I'd call "in the tradition"), and that includes a mix of newer acts as well as "old favourites" - even a small club like ours has a duty (IMHO) to encourage new acts, otherwise the future for them will be bleak.

That all means that every couple of years is really the minimum interval for inviting someone back. Given that sort of interval, and the number of clubs within a reasonable radius for the performer, the slots just aren't there to the same extent these days.

But on the positive side - I don't think the traditional club is a thing of the past. Having built numbers back up - both on guest, and "singers" nights - from a low base, experience confirms that there's still the demand for good traditional acts. Takes a lot of work, and it doesn't happen overnight, but it's very satisfying to know that, x months from now, I'll be sitting in a (hopefully) full-ish room listening to one of the best traditional singers in the country. And by extension, in the English-speaking world.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 06:44 PM

use the thread ruthlessly as an ad for your club!


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 01:55 PM

I think Mudcat can stand a little Shameless Promotion - and lots of folk love HH - so don't be shy, tell us the club and the date!


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 02:56 PM

I have thoroughly enjoyed HH's video clips and ventured onto his website to find out more.

I make a couple of comments in an effort to be helpful. The last time the site was updated was over 2 years ago. This is a little off-putting to the viewer so perhaps this date could be changed even if no update takes place.

HH could certainly make purchasing CDs easier and this would, I'm sure, increase sales. Many people will just click a Buy Now button and pay through PayPal (or whatever) with little hesitation. Having to make contact first via e-mail and then perhaps (I don't know for sure) sending a cheque is just too much bother for some (myself included).

If I were a club organiser I would certainly book John without hesitation.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 03:14 PM

" Having to make contact first via e-mail and then perhaps (I don't know for sure) sending a cheque
is just too much bother for some (myself included).
"

The one and only time I did this was about 10 years ago
when I'd exhausted all leads to every known online shop
looking for a long deleted CD by one of my favourite older and retired 'folkies'.
[a CD that was otherwise only available from an amazon seller for a stupidly outrageous price]

Then by chance I discovered the artists unpublicised page on an educational website,
and a note that that one or two CDs still remained in personal stock for sale at normal original retail price.

The CD arrived covered in scratches and finger smudges.

Oh well, it was still playable..

But more importantly, when I phoned to check availability
I was very pleasantly surprised [and at first tongue tied] to realise I was speaking directly to the artist in person;
who was quite happy to chat for a good 10 minutes....


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: TheSnail
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 03:00 PM

Harmonium Hero
Bryan: I'm not complaining about the clubs - like yours - who have booked me

And I'm not getting at you John. It's just a grumble I hear rather a lot. What some people fail to realise is that there are more, far more, people looking for gigs than than there are gigs available. If some one hasn't booked artist A, it's because they've booked artist B. They haven' booked artists C, D, E, F, G.... either.

While you are good, I don't think it's doing you any favours to imagine, as some would have you believe, that you are head and shoulders above the competion. Some of them are pretty good as well.

It might be useful to look at this thread -
thread.cfm?threadid=156523&messages=78


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 03:21 PM

the two things aren't really compatible.

alanabit is a songwriter and he really does need to make his fine product known. there is work to be done.

John Kelly is very different. its all there for you. he interprets traditional folksong really well. very professionally. he plays every folk instrument very very well. so he can vary and surprise his audience.

alanabit and blokes like me - well people aren't comfortable with us describing what we do as folk music. what John Kelly does is indisputably traditional folk music. like the two Alans - its not something he does in between drag racing and ski-ing to the north pole and a career as a brain surgeon - its what we did with our lives. that's why we sound good.

if you can't afford Martin Wyndham Reid or Brian Peters or Martin Carthy - try booking John Kelly. he is very very good.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 04:55 PM

here is another story, I played a gig a couple of years ago, and the organiser said to me, hey dick, do you know how long ago it was that you were last here, i said it was a few years, he laughed yeah it was 25 years, he said give us a ring again but dont leave it 25 yaers next time, cos we will al be playing harps on cold marble slabs. i had mistakenly got it in to my head that these guys didnt like me, so i never rang them. the truth was that like most organisers, they were inundated with calls from good people looking for gigs.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 06 Mar 15 - 06:54 PM

Re: Guest about 8 posts back who's booking me next January/February, and hesitating to use Mudcat to publicise the club: don't worry - we all do it. We know no shame! It's the Bollington Folk Club. It's the club I mentioned in an earlier post where I've performed five times before. (the club, that is, not the post...).
Looking forward to it - as always. As Pete says, two years is about as often as most clubs can re-book these days. Gone are the days when you could get five dates in two years at some clubs. Which is why you need a fair number of clubs to book you. Trouble is, with the number of clubs there are at present, a success rate of one in three isn't great. As I said before, the folk scene doesn't owe any of us a living, but we need more clubs. The clubs used to be run mostly by singers. I think more of us should be doing it now. I'm interested in doing it, nut don't want to go it alone, for a couple of reasons. I've asked others about it, and no-one wants to do it. So - money/mouth, mouth/money: are there any singers in the North west (of England, that is!) who are interested in helping to run a folk club along 'traditional' club lines? That is, proper resident(s), floor spots, regular guests, and not just established names. I would hope to be able to give somebody their first date once in a not-too-long while.

Regarding my website: I do bring it up to date with bookings and dance-outs. Obviously, I remove the details once the dates have passed. The dance season is about to kick off, so there will be some details of dance events up there soon. But there aren't any singing dates lined up at present. There is one in the pipeline, as already mentioned. I'll be putting the details on the site nearer the time. But I can't invent bookings to make me sound busy. I could, but the danger would be that people would turn up, and I would be exposed as a lying bastard, and a desperate one at that. I suppose I could invent a world tour, but I'd have to stay in the house while it was supposed to be happening. As far as PayPal is concerned, I have a problem with them at present. I'll have to see how that pans out.
Dave: thanks for putting the clip up. That's one of my favourite songs to sing at present. And I found it on Mudcat!

John Kelly.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 05:25 AM

where are you John these days. have you moved. give your phone number. i have a lot of folk friends in the northwest, and will put it on facebook.

other blokes to try are mike harding and Ken Nicol both of whoom do folk podcasts. they would anoounce you were looking for a folkclub running partner to throw in with.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 11:13 AM

I am based between Skipton and Keighley now. Both seem to have fine clubs although I have only been to the former. Both seem to book the not so famous as well - Worth trying them? I don't have anything to do with the running of either so not point in me asking but if there is anything I can do help - Just shout.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Mick Tems
Date: 08 Mar 15 - 07:44 AM

I first came across John Kelly when Llantrisant Folk Club booked the Liverpool celtic band Il Danach for the Llantrisant Town Festival. John was a member, and so was Shay Black, brother of the gorgeous Irish singer Mary Black. Needless to say, Il Danach were superb.

Much later, John performed a short spot at our club, and really made a long-lasting impression on me. He stayed the night at my house, which was just as well. I had locked myself out - but John climbed up to his upstairs bedroom widow, which he had conveniently left open, and let me in again!

I must apply some friendly pressure to get John booked as a featured artist down here again, firstly because of his assured performance, secondly for his brilliant knowledge and thirdly for his deep respect concerning the folk tradition.

Mick Tems


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 01:21 PM

Just a few quick responses.
Bryan: you needn't worry about me thinking I'm head and shoulders above the competition. I don't, and wouldn't get away with it if I did. I am my own biggest critic; I think you have to be, or you don't improve.
Dave: I've done Skipton 3 times and Keighley twice!
Al: I'll PM you.
Mick : Nice to hear from you. Thanks for your kind comments. If you can exert any influence thereabouts, I'd be delighted. I haven't had any dates in Wales at all in my present incarnation, but then there aren't a lot of folk clubs in Wales. Any theories as to why not? In fact, I've noticed that there are far more clubs down the east side of mainland Britain than there are on the west side. Am I just living in the wrong place.....?
Cheers all. John.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 01:32 PM

I'll keep my eye open for your next visit, John :-)


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Alan Day
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 02:07 PM

You kindly played at The Sorrel Horse Shottisham one evening for me John ,You cannot get much more remote than that. A campsite within fifty yards of the pub.Even though I have moved from next door it is still going strong.Appreciated your lovely playing.
Take care
Al


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 02:30 PM

Hi Alan. I think you must be mixing me up with somebody else. You did offer me a date at the club a couple of years ago, but I haven't managed to take up the offer as yet. You night be thinking of the floor spot I did at the Bracknell (Windlesham) club when you and Will Fly were the guests. I'll get in touch if/when I next sort out some dates in the South East.
Cheers . John.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Alan Day
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 03:40 PM

Put it down to senility
Al


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 03:50 PM

'Salright. I've had people in the past swearing blind that they had held conversations with me which I knew for a fact had never taken place. On one occasion, I wasn't there, and on another, I didn't know the person, and had never spoken to her at all. And these were all people considerably younger than we are, so couldn't make the seniority excuse. Mind you, they all concluded by saying "Well, we were all a bit drunk". They certainly were.
Cheers. John.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 04 Apr 15 - 09:43 AM

Just seen this thread.

I guess a lot of us have had the experience of hearing a song a couple of times & then having it stick fast, to the point where the only way you can get it out of your head is to learn it, work it up & sing it out (and hopefully pass on the infection!). This has happened to me several times with songs on both John's albums. What's different about John's settings is that it's really hard to do them anywhere near as well as he does. John's delivery isn't at all flashy; you don't sit there thinking "what a range!" or "what amazingly precise pitching!" But if you try singing Craigie Hill yourself, you realise what John brought to it fairly quickly.

John - I hope to see you at Bollington! Is it time to give Jozeph another prod, do you think?


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 05 Apr 15 - 01:33 PM

Hi Phil. nice to hear from you. And thanks for the comments.
I was thinking about getting in touch with Jozeph. It's three or four years since I was there. Perhaps you could casually drop my name into the conversation next time you speak to him...... I'll give him a ring sometime anyway.
Cheers. John.


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Subject: RE: John Kelly (Harmonium Hero) - all OK?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 28 Nov 15 - 05:11 AM

2016
Jan 15   Bollington , Cheshire 

Jul 12    Kiveton Park,    S. Yorkshire 


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