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Kellys Heroes is a Nottingham-based band, whose repertoire encompasses fast and furious Celtic tunes and songs, gentle ballads, contemporary numbers as well as some original material, which they play on the accordion, rhythm guitar and bodhran (an Irish frame drum). Formed in 1983, the band has played to audiences as large as 40,000 and in memorable venues such as The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham; The Alexandra Palace, London; Buckingham; Camden Irish Centre, London; Kilburn Irish Centre, London; and The Hammersmith Apollo, London. Kelly’s Heroes have recorded 12 albums, with number 13 currently underway. The line-up for the festival is Tony Dugan (vocals and bodhran), Steve Hall (acoustic guitars), Helen O'Connell (button accordions and melodeons, backing vocals) and Simon Chantler (fiddle and backing vocals). Having frequented and sung in many folk clubs around the Manchester area, Tony returned from University and in 1983 formed Kellys Heroes along with two other musicians. Hailing from a musical family, Helen taught herself to play melodeon at 11. She started playing professionally in bands at 14. Guitarist Steve started playing hard rock and punk (new wave) until he discovered folk music. He went on to play in duos during the early 1980, joining Kellys Heroes in 1987. Simon's first job as a professional musician was as mandolin player and fiddler with The Whiskey Priests, aged 16. Simon has quite a few eclectic influences but celtic music is firmly rooted in his soul.
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Kellys Heroes is a Nottingham-based band, whose repertoire encompasses fast and furious Celtic tunes and songs, gentle ballads, contemporary numbers as well as some original material, which they play on the accordion, rhythm guitar and bodhran (an Irish frame drum).

 

Formed in 1983, the band has played to audiences as large as 40,000 and in memorable venues such as The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham; The Alexandra Palace, London; Buckingham; Camden Irish Centre, London; Kilburn Irish Centre, London; and The Hammersmith Apollo, London. Kelly’s Heroes have recorded 12 albums, with number 13 currently underway.

 

The line-up for the festival is Tony Dugan (vocals and bodhran), Steve Hall (acoustic guitars), Helen O’Connell (button accordions and melodeons, backing vocals) and Simon Chantler (fiddle and backing vocals).

 

Having frequented and sung in many folk clubs around the Manchester area, Tony returned from University and in 1983 formed Kellys Heroes along with two other musicians. Hailing from a musical family, Helen taught herself to play melodeon at 11. She started playing professionally in bands at 14. Guitarist Steve started playing hard rock and punk (new wave) until he discovered folk music.

 

He went on to play in duos during the early 1980, joining Kellys Heroes in 1987. Simon’s first job as a professional musician was as mandolin player and fiddler with The Whiskey Priests, aged 16. Simon has quite a few eclectic influences but celtic music is firmly rooted in his soul.

Kellys Heroes, grupp mużikali bbażat f’Nottingham, għandu repertorju li jvarja minn melodiji u kanzunetti Keltiċi mgħaġġlin għal ballati ġentili, kanzunetti kontemporanji kif ukoll xogħol oriġinali – li jindaqqu fuq il-kunċertina, kitarra ritmika u bodhran (tanbur Irlandiż).

 

Il-grupp ingħaqad fl-1983 u minn dak iż-żmien ’l hawn ta kunċerti quddiem udjenzi li saħansitra jesgħu 40,000 f’postijiet memorabbli bħal The Royal Concert Hall f’Nottingham, The Alexandra Palace f’Londra, Buckingham, Camden Irish Centre f’Londra, Kilburn Irish Centre f’Londra u The Hammersmith Apollo f’Londra. Kellys Heroes irrekordjaw 12-il album u bħalissa qegħdin jaħdmu fuq it-13-il wieħed.

 

L-artisti li se jdoqqu waqt il-festival huma Tony Dugan (kant u bodhran), Steve Hall (kitarri akustiċi), Helen O’Connell (button accordion u melodeons, backing vocals) u Simon Chantler (vjolin u backing vocals).

 

Wara li żar u kanta f’ħafna klabbs tal-folk fl-inħawi ta’ Manchester, Tony irritorna mill-università fl-1983 għaqqad il-grupp Kellys Heroes ma’ żewġ mużiċisti oħra. Helen ġejja minn familja mużikali u għallmet lilha nnifisha ddoqq il-melodeon ta’ 11-il sena u bdiet iddoqq b’mod professjonali ma’ gruppi mużikali meta kellha 14-il sena. Steve l-kitarrist beda jdoqq il-hard rock u punk (new wave) sakemm skopra l-mużika folk. Ingħaqad ma’ Kellys Hereos fl-1987. Qabel kien idoqq fi dwetti. L-ewwel xogħol mużikali għal Simon kien daqq tal-mandolina u l-vjollin ma’ The Whiskey Priests meta kellu 16-il sena. Simon hu influwenzat minn diversi ġeneri imma l-mużika keltika tibqa’ l-iktar waħda għal qalbu.