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John Kelly Permathread

03 Sep 08 - 06:51 PM (#2430323)
Subject: John kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

John has just sent me a new page for his website - all about his history as a folksinger.

His site is to be found here:-

http://www.bigalwhittle.co.uk/johnkellyharmoniumhero/index.html
      This is an edited PermaThread® for folk musician John Kelly, intended to provide performance schedules and other information about his work and performances. This thread will be edited by weelittledrummer. Feel free to post to this thread, but remember that all messages posted here are subject to editing or deletion.
      -Joe Offer-


03 Sep 08 - 08:37 PM (#2430413)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Acorn4

John dropped into the club at the Scrag End, Oakthorpe, Leicestershire recently.

It was rather comical because the organiser mistook him for the guest, John Conolly, who had been held up and arrived late. He won't live it down for a long time.

In fact, John did an excellent support slot which went down very well. I don't run a club myself but think,from what I heard, that he is well worth a booking.


04 Sep 08 - 03:49 AM (#2430589)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

I saw John a while back this year. He dropped in to clubs at Arundel and Chiddingly in Sussex, while on his way back from a festival. He's an excellent musician and plays and sings some beautiful songs on his portable preacher's harmonium. (It is a portable preacher's harmonium, isn't it, John? Correct me if I'm wrong). Highly recommended!


04 Sep 08 - 04:57 AM (#2430621)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Les in Chorlton

That John Kelly, he is a good man and an excellent musician.All those who run clubs should book him now.

Cheers

Les


04 Sep 08 - 05:14 AM (#2430626)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

That John Kelly is going on the road in England, in winter, in a tent - to be a folksinger.

Watch this space - it could be an eventful thread!


04 Sep 08 - 06:02 PM (#2431315)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: BusyBee Paul

Catch him at Gainsborough Folk Festival 24th - 26th October.

I'll start a Festival thread soon..............

Deirdre


05 Sep 08 - 06:59 AM (#2431672)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

You heard it here first - Gainsborough in Linolnshire in October, where the east wind from Russia sweeps across the Northern Tundra, and only his beard to keep him warm!

6th October. Skipton Acoustic Folk Club. The Narrow Boat, Victoria St.
24/25th October. Gainsborough Folk Festival.
21st November. The Pack Horse. Loughborough.


13 Sep 08 - 12:21 PM (#2439227)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Just catching up here!
Acorn: That mix-up was partly my fault. When I phoned Dave to ask about a floor spot, he did mention that John Connolly was on, but I'd forgotten. So when he met me and asked "are you John?", I, naturally, said "yes"... There are worse people I could be mistaken for. I hadn't seen John Connolly before, but enjoyed his performance - very entertaining, and a nice bloke too. Dave has been in touch since, to book me for 2010. I'm in the area before that though; at the Pack Horse in Loughborough on 21st November this year.
Will: I don't think I've heard the collapsible armonium I play described as a 'preacher's harmonium', but they were - maybe still are - used by the Army for field services, and on ships; some people call them 'ship's organs'. And I think the Salvation Army used them for street hymn-singing. Somebody told me they were used by travelling medicine shows. And now folksingers... The hand-pumped Indian harmonium is said to have been developed from instruments introduced by missionaries, but I think that may have been the harmoniflute, otherwise known as a lap-organ.
As Al says, I will be on the road soon, living in a tent. I will be travelling all over mainland Britain for the next year or so, doing promotional floor spots at as many clubs as I can, so there'll be no escape! I'll be posting plans and news here. I should be around North Yorkshire next month, and Midlands in November.
See Yiz. JK


13 Sep 08 - 12:39 PM (#2439244)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

So post here or PM me or John if you want John at your club doing a floorspot. John is anxious to claim his birthright as a legend of the folkscene ASAP.

You can help, hear some good folkmusic, and help keep the main arteries of the folk revival uncongested and away from people who couldn't spot the difference between a load of ballads and a load of bollocks.

This man may yet save folk music!

John Kelly - a new face that's not Sarah Palin!


13 Sep 08 - 12:50 PM (#2439257)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Al: my face is falling to bits. It's time I got a new one. JK


14 Sep 08 - 06:42 AM (#2439852)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

John - get us one while you're at it, will you? I've had this one for 64 years...


14 Sep 08 - 07:58 AM (#2439881)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Zany Mouse

Visit the Body Shop then!

Seriously, I missed JK at Kiveton but hope to see him on one of his visits.

As to the harmonium ... there is an original folding harmonium from the First World War at Talbot House in Flanders. Rev Tubby Clayton used it in the trenches around Wipers. If you want further information PM me.

Blessings
Rhiannon


28 Sep 08 - 12:33 PM (#2452176)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Next club date is Skipton - the Narrow Boat, Victoria St. - Monday 6th October. I will be in the North Yorks/North East area for a week beforehand doing some promotional spots, as follows:
Monday, 29th Sept: Brecon Folk Club, Smiths Arms, Castle Dene, Nr Chester-le-Street.
Tuesday 30th: The Foggy Furze, Hartlepool. This may be at its regular venue, The Travellers Rest, on A689, south of Hartlepool, or, if it's shut, at The Railway, Seaton Carew, just a little further south.
Wednesday 1st Oct: Filey Folk Club, Station Hotel, Queen St.
Thursday 2nd: The Topic, Irish Club, Bradford.
Friday 3rd: Bayfolk, ye Dolphin, Robin Hood's Bay.
Saturday 4th: The White Hart, Mickleby, north of Whitby.
Sunday 5th: Grimsby Folk Club, atthe Spider's Web, Carr Lane, Old Clee, south of Grimsby.
Then over to Skipton. Hope to see some of you somewhere amongst that lot. Details of next tour to follow soon.
Ta-ta. John.


28 Sep 08 - 12:43 PM (#2452184)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Oh, and before the snipers get started, Grimsby isn't in North Yorkshire - and neither is Bradford for that matter.
JK


22 Oct 08 - 09:42 AM (#2472697)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Well, that's it; I am now on the road. I am currently in Beverley - in the library to be precise (they're marked on the A-Z maps; another reason to use maps rather than the dreaded satnav....).
I didn't get time to post this before I left, but here's my current itinerary of promotional spots/bookings:
Started on Monday 21st October at Beverley. Tonight,(Wed. 23rd, I'm in Cottingham. tomorrow, Thurs. 23rd, The Cutty Wren, Skelton.
Then I'm appearing at Gainsborough Festival, 24th/25th. There's a half-hour spot on Friday night and one on Saturday afternoon. Then I have to dash over to Manchester for a wedding reception with Flaxmere Band.
Sunday 26th: back up North, loaded with cash (ha-ha-ha!), and a floor spot on Sunday at Guisborough (Rugby Club). Monday 27th is The Forrester's Folk Club (Coatham Mundeville). Tuesday 28th, Croxdale, and Wednesday 29th Birtley.
I haven't organised any more, but might be doing some more spots in the Durham/Teesside area before heading back across country. I've ended up with a load of stuff in the van which I wasn't intending to have with me; It just ended up that way in the chaos. So I need to sort that out. apart from anything else, there's always the chance that, at this time of the year, I'll need to sleep in the back of the van (or The Tour Bus, as I like to call it). I can't get in there at the moment without taking half the stuff out. On Monday, having had numerous hold-ups during the day, I got here so late that I ended up sleeping in the front, which was not what you might call comfortable. (I could call it a few things, but it would probably get the thread closed and me banished from Mudcat). Not sure what's happening during the first week or so in November, but I'm at the Pack Horse in Loughborough on 21st, so I'll be doing promo stuff in the Midlands during the week before.
See you roud the houses, as Sean Cannon once said.
John Kelly.


22 Oct 08 - 10:24 AM (#2472744)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Sorry you could only manage a flying visit to Manchester! Hope we get to see you again before long.


22 Oct 08 - 02:59 PM (#2473007)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: BusyBee Paul

See you Friday at Gainsborough John!

Deirdre


10 Nov 08 - 04:16 PM (#2490193)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Back in South Yorks/Midlands in a couple of days. Itinerary so far:
Wed. Nov 12th: floor spot at Rivelin Folk Club, Holly Bush, Hollins Lane, Fivelin, Sheffield.
Thurs. 13th: Floor Spot: Raise the Roof, Reds Deer, Pitt St. Sheffield.
Sat. 15th: Floor Spot; Wortley Folk Club, Black Bull, Church St. Ecclesfield.
Sun. 16th: floor spot: Swanfolk; Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough.
Mon. 17th: floor spot; Woodlark Folk Club; the Woodlark, Church St, Lambley, Nottingham.
Thurs. 20th: floor spot; Brewood Folk Club; Cricket Club, Four Ashes Rd, Brewood.
Fri. 21st: Booking (Feature Spot); Pack Horse Folk Club; the Old Pack Horse, Woodgate, Loughborough.
Sat. 22nd: Ceilidh band booking with Flaxmere Band at Bickerton, Cheshire.
Mon. 24th: floor spot at Willenhall Fol;k Club; Brown Jug, Sandbeds Rd. Willenhall.
Wed. 26th: floor spot at Bedworth Folk Club, Bedaorth Conservative Club, Coventry Rd.
Still waiting to hear from other people I've emailed, so ther should be other floor spots in the gaps. Watch this space.
JK.


10 Nov 08 - 04:58 PM (#2490221)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

good to hear you're still alive and the heroic enterprise is still underway! I'll try and see you at one or two of these places.


11 Nov 08 - 09:40 AM (#2490748)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

One more date to add to the list: Fri. 14th; floor spot at Chesterfield Folk Club, Club Chesterfield, Chester St, Ashgate Rd.
JK.


12 Nov 08 - 07:24 AM (#2491570)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Three more floor spots: Ilkeston Folk & Blues Club, Wed. 19th; Styvechale, (Coventry) Sun. 23rd, and the Tump (Coventry) Thurs. 27th.
JK.


12 Nov 08 - 07:37 AM (#2491580)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

John - you're a veritable workhorse! If these are indeed floor spots, and not paid gigs, then I hope the hard work and travelling pays off and you get gigs by the score.

Any chance of making it "down south" in the dim and distant future? I loved your spots at Arundel and Chiddingly earlier this year.


12 Nov 08 - 08:26 AM (#2491623)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Or indeed oop north[west a bit]? I know I'm not the only Chorltonite who'd like the club to have you back.


12 Nov 08 - 08:34 AM (#2491631)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Les in Chorlton

It's true, that man John Kelly, he's a good man and a fine musicianer

Les In Chorlton still


12 Nov 08 - 08:54 AM (#2491644)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Someone ought to book him now...


13 Nov 08 - 06:44 AM (#2492613)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

okay I think that's up to date, John
Contact me if I got it wrong.
can't get the blue clicky thing to work!
http://www.bigalwhittle.co.uk/johnkellyharmoniumhero/id11.html


13 Nov 08 - 08:26 AM (#2492673)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: GUEST,Working Radish

Here, let me:

News of the Harmonium Hero and his Doings

I don't think that's a very respectful way to refer to John's American organ, though.


13 Nov 08 - 10:01 AM (#2492751)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Al: There's also the Chesterfield spot this Friday, 14th, as I menrioned a couple of posts back. I thought I'd sent you that one.
Sill waiting to hear from three others, who shall remain nameless until they email me!
JK at Alvaston Library, Derby.


18 Nov 08 - 08:47 AM (#2496632)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

One more to add: floor spot at the Unicorn folk club, at Wheaton Aston, 28th Nov.
JK Alvaston Library.


18 Nov 08 - 09:21 AM (#2496662)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

You gonna be at The Vernon in Spondon tonight John?


25 Nov 08 - 09:03 AM (#2501122)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Al: Yes, I was... as you saw!. I hadn't heard from them, so it wasn't listed. I've only just seen your message.
This just in, as they say on the news: tonight (Tuesday 25th): floor spot at the Brown Cow, Mansfield.
JK.


02 Dec 08 - 08:13 PM (#2506412)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Big Al Whittle

Just got this e-mail from John

Willenhall Folk & Acoustic Club, The Brown Jug, Willenhall, Staffs. Monday 11th May.
I'll have to see if I can get a couple more to tie in during that week. JK.

Can anyone help him out with the other nights?

al


24 Jan 09 - 10:57 AM (#2547837)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Happy New Year to Al, my reader (see what I did there?.....)
Some dates coming in at the moment.
Sunday 1st February - Grimsby Folk Club, The Spider's Web, Carr Lane,
Grimsby.
August 14th-16th, (subject to confirmation when I've got the contract!): Saltburn Folk Festival.
I'll post more when I've got the actual dates sorted out.
JK.


24 Jan 09 - 11:55 AM (#2547877)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Hi John - good to hear from you again. Hope to catch you in deepest Sussex again sometime!

Will


24 Jan 09 - 12:21 PM (#2547896)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Hit the North, John! I don't know how the Chorlton FC gig last year worked out for you, but I'm sure a return engagement could be arranged.


24 Jan 09 - 12:52 PM (#2547931)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Nay, nay, Pip lad - poor owd'un'll be pulled any which way...


25 Jan 09 - 08:19 AM (#2548648)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Will. Here's one for you...
Another date came in yesterday: December 6th at Horsham Folk Club, The Normandy Centre, Denne Rd. Horsham, West Sussex.
I'm aiming to be back in the South East soon, for more promo spots.
Pip: I'll be giving Jozeph a nudge some time soon. Last year, he was talking about my next date being around May or June...
More to follow (I hope).JK.


25 Jan 09 - 10:01 AM (#2548706)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Great stuff, John - I'll be there - its' now in the diary.


10 Feb 09 - 03:06 PM (#2563029)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Another date to tie in with Horsham: Dec 4th: Seaford Folk Club, The Beachcomber, Sea Front, Seaford. E.Sussex.
Also, November 29th: Guisborough Folk Club, The Rugby Club, Belmangate, Guisborough, North Yorks.
Sooner than those: June 16th, Longridge Folk Club, Royal British Legion, Longridge, Nr.Preston, Lancs.
At least one more to confirm. Watch this space.
JK


16 Feb 09 - 03:41 PM (#2568493)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

And another.....
November 27th: Bayfolk, The Dolphin, Robin Hood's Bay, N. Yorks.
JK


18 Nov 09 - 05:43 PM (#2768761)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: terrier

Just refreshing this thread as I've not seen the man for over twelve months now. Any gig updates? Cheshire, North Shropsire, North Wales?
Worried in case HH has been enticed out of the country by his long conversation with Billy Bracken :)


19 Nov 09 - 05:16 AM (#2769022)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby

John - have been trying to make contact. Emails getting through? Ignoring me?! Southport date? hm,mm tempting I hear you say.


24 Nov 09 - 01:23 PM (#2772764)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Cough, cough.....(blowing clouds of dust off computer...)
Sorry I've not been keeping up; life has got in the way these last few months. I haven't been inactive, but haven't got around to putting my activities on here. I didn't see this thread popping up last week. Hello Tom and Clive. No, I haven't left the country (yet!), and haven't had any emails from Clive. That's got me wondering if I've missed emails from other people. Mike Linden told me a couple of years ago that he'd just received an amail sent out six months previously, so I suppose it's early days.... I'll PM you.
Anyway. Some imminent dates. Actually, I've just done the Frodsham club last Friday. That one was hush-hush, as it was Roger Bond's surprise 80th birthday party, so it couldn't be advertised as a guest night.
This Friday, 27th November: Bayfolk (The Dolphin), Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire.
Sunday, 29th November: Guisborough Folk Club (Rugby Club), Cleveland.
Friday, 4th Decamber: Seaford Folk Club (I need to check the venue).
Sunday, 6th December: Horsham Folk Club (Normandy Centre), West Sussex.
Thursday, 10th December: Raise The Roof (Red Deer), Sheffield.
Thursday, 14th January: Fleetwood Folk Club (The Steamer), Lancashire.
I'll be doing some promo floor spots in between, but am only just thinking about where!
I'll just go and check the Seaford venue......JK


24 Nov 09 - 01:30 PM (#2772773)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

The Seaford Club usually meets at the Constitutional Club, but for that night, they've had to re-locate to the British Legion, as the Con Club is otherwise engaged. (Seaford is E. Sussex, by the way.
John.


24 Nov 09 - 01:32 PM (#2772775)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Sorry, Clive - can't PM you, as you're not a member. I've got your phone number somewhere. JK.


24 Nov 09 - 02:53 PM (#2772833)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Hi John - good to see that you'll be in my neck of the woods in early December. See you at either Seaford or Horsham...


24 Nov 09 - 05:49 PM (#2772957)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Will. I should be invading one or two more clubs while I'm down there. Not sure which ones yet. See you soon. John.


24 Nov 09 - 06:31 PM (#2772990)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Spleen Cringe

Are you planning to come back to Manchester or Salford, John? Hope so...


25 Nov 09 - 06:45 AM (#2773240)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Sailor Ron

"Are you planning to come back to Manchester....". Manchester to Fleetwood is one hour by car & JK's there 14yh Jan.


25 Nov 09 - 01:41 PM (#2773547)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby

The system works! Made contact and thanks for agreeing to the Bothy gig John.


26 Nov 09 - 02:49 PM (#2774330)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Nothing lined up for Manchester area at present; I was trying to get in touch with Jozeph Roberts a few weeks ago to sort out a date, but his phone seems to be permanently switched off. I tried to pass messages on via a couple of Mudcatters, but still haven't made contact. I'll have another go over the next few weeks, or else I'll turn up at the club one night and do a floor spot. The club (Chorlton) holds the record for CD sales - 10 on one night (there being about 30 people in the room), which is not bad for an obscure singer of old somgs...
Thanks for the date Clive (19th June 2011; I'll post details nearer the time!).
Hi Ron. 14th Jan is on the list a couple of posts back. See you there!
See Yiz. JK.


26 Nov 09 - 03:20 PM (#2774357)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Sorry to hear Joe hasn't got back to you, John - I tried to give him your number when I was at the club a while back but got brushed off ("Yeah, I've got his number, I'll give him a call. He wants a spot, that's what it is, yeah, I'll give him a spot...") Joe did also say that he'd been on holiday, so I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. I'll nudge him again next time I'm down.

The trouble with Chorlton these days is that it's too popular - Joe can pack it out week after week, just by letting people get up and do one number, so I guess he doesn't see the need to book many artists. Shall I tell him you'll do your Dylan set?


08 Dec 09 - 04:54 PM (#2784071)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Pip. Joe hasn't got my present number - the one I gave you. Not to worry. I'll catch him somehow. Dunno about Dylan; I odon't know how much of it I can remember!
Will: Where wuz yer?!
JK.


08 Dec 09 - 05:22 PM (#2784091)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Hi John - I got back late from some days away in the Potteries, so missed Friday, and then we had a mild family crisis on the Sunday - which wasn't serious, but awkward enough to stop me getting to Horsham in the evening. Hope you had great gigs there and at Seaford - another time... :-)


08 Dec 09 - 05:31 PM (#2784102)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Will. Never mind. I'll be back in September....JK


16 Sep 10 - 03:21 PM (#2988185)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

I'll be orf dahn the Sarf East in a few days. Here's the itinerary:
Mon 29th Sept: Tonbridge Folk Club, Rose and Crown, High St. (Guest spot)
Tue 21st: Windlesham (Bracknell)Folk Club, The Sun, Chertsey Rd, Windlesham. (Floor Spot).
Thur 23rd: Stortfolk, Stortford British Legion, Windhill. (Floor spot).
Fri 24th: Fo'c'sle Folk Club, Portswood Rd, Southampton. (floor spot).
Sat 25th: Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, White Hill. (Floor spot).
Sun 26th: Readifolk, RISC Centre, London St, Reading. (Floor spot)
Mon 27th: Waltham Abbey Folk Club, British Legion, Booker Rd. (Floor spot).
Tue 28th: Chichester Folk Club, Four Chestnuts, Oving Rd. (Guest spot)
Fri 1st October: Hove Folk Club, Poet's Corner, Montgomery St, (Floor spot)
Sat 2nd: Prestatyn, N.Wales! (Ceilidh band job)
Mon 4th: Brighton Acoustic, Lord Nelson, Trafalgar St. (Floor spot)
Wed 6th: Lymington Folk Club, Thomas Tripp, Near Waitrose (haven't got the actual address yet) (Floor spot)
Thur 7th: Orpington Folk Club, Change of Horses, Farnborough High St, Nr Orpington. (Guest spot)
Sat 9th: The Brindley Arts Centre Runcorn Cheshire, playing for Mind The Step (Appalachian dancers) (Bluegrass weekend)
There might be one or two things in the gaps. Watch this space.....
John Kelly.


16 Sep 10 - 05:55 PM (#2988276)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

John - I see you're at Windlesham on Tuesday 21st September. Excellent! Alan Day and I are the guests there that night and it will be great to see and hear you again! Looking forward to it immensely.


17 Sep 10 - 05:55 AM (#2988545)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Hi John - good to see you on the road again (although if it were me I'd be tempted to cancel that floor spot on the 28th - Hove to Brighton via Prestatyn!)

Come ye back to Chorlton! (Or anywhere in Manchester, really - somebody's got to give you a spot.)


17 Sep 10 - 02:09 PM (#2988827)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

The Thomas Tripp (Lymington) is in Stanford Rd.
Hi Will. Yes, I spotted the guests for Windkesham! See you there.
Pip: Yes, it's nuts isn't it. I'd have thought there'd be a more direct route.... I keep meaning to have another go at Jozeph. I've found his landline number now, so I might have more luck getting hold of him.
John Kelly.


22 Sep 10 - 05:18 AM (#2991303)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

I saw John at Bracknell Folk Club (at the Sun, Windlesham) last night, doing a double floor spot. Excellent as ever.

I really recommend 'Catters near John's floor spot tour venues to get to see him in action. He is one of a kind - captivating singing and wonderful sounds from his harmonium - a preacher's portable pump organ.

John, I hope that all the floor spots flourish and bloom into proper bookings. Good luck.


22 Sep 10 - 06:41 AM (#2991334)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Seconded. What's always struck me about John's singing is that he's got the expression, the variation and the timing of a good unaccompanied singer - the words don't just hang off the tune like washing on a line. And then there's the harmonium, which adds a whole extra dimension. He's a terrific act - hear him if you can!


22 Sep 10 - 03:49 PM (#2991653)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Leadfingers

Thirded ! Thouroughly enjoyed John at Windlesham !


26 Sep 10 - 01:52 PM (#2994030)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: GUEST,Steve at Bracknell Folk

It was a treat to have John along to the club. Thanks for the music John and we look forward to seeing you in Windlesham in the future.


27 Sep 10 - 05:06 AM (#2994332)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Alan Day

I too enjoyed John's performance.
Lovely singing and harmonium backing.
Highly recommended
Al


30 Sep 10 - 08:05 AM (#2996744)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Thanks boys! ....'ere, 'boys'? ...where are all the girls? Or am I just a 'blokes' folk singer'?
Stop press: tonight (Wed. 30th Sept) Maidenhead Folk Club, Seven Stars, Bath St, Knowl Hill (A4, West of Maidenhead).
Tues. 5th Oct: Ringwood Folk Club, ...er, haven't got the address on me! I'll get back to you.
JK.


30 Sep 10 - 08:53 AM (#2996766)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: terrier

Wed. 30th Sept ??? What year is that HH ? Today is THURSDAY 30th Sept 2010.


05 Oct 10 - 11:00 AM (#3000167)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Ringwood FC is at the Elm House, Hightown, jut east of Ringwood.
Tom: Yeah, probably was....bit dazed...

JK


09 Oct 10 - 01:20 PM (#3003282)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Well, I survived that lot, and am now back home. The tour was successful.....played almost all the right notes, and sang almost all the right words. Sold a few CDs. Plenty of interest from organisers, and some potential times suggested for bookings - March, June and September. Now I've got to start sorting out the possibilities, and see if I can actually make more money than it costs me next time! There was already an email from one club waiting for me when I got back, asking me to contact them to arrange a date, which is a good start. I think I've now floor-spotted about three quarters of the clubs in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey, and some in Berkshire and Herts. Had some awful problems travelling, though; every time I went out to a club, I seemed to join the back of a queue after about two miles. (Although I managed to arrive at the venue in Prestatyn - some 360 or so miles away, at precisely the time I intended). My tent is now falling to bits. They don't make stuff like they used to. Anybody know a folk song about how much better the old ones were?
Tarra well! JK


09 Oct 10 - 01:53 PM (#3003307)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Well done, John! I look forward to seeing you down here for a full evening in the new year.


10 Nov 10 - 06:21 PM (#3028760)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Just a quick note.
Support spot at Bromley Cross Folk Club, Bradshaw Cricket Club, The Rigbies, Bradshaw, Bolton. Friday - 19th November. Rare appearance in the North West. Just hope it leads to a proper date next year!
Will: next S/E tour is September next year, including Lewes (Saturday), Reading, Bishop's Stortford, Windleasham and Ringwood. details nearer the time.
Two more 'rare' N/W dates (is this a trend?)next June (Southport) and July (Fleetwood). Details later.
JK


11 Nov 10 - 04:01 AM (#3029062)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Thanks for the heads-up, John. Have a good Christmas!


09 Feb 11 - 12:38 PM (#3091856)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

This just in, as they say on the telly.....
Me and Jozeph finally made contact - thanks Les. We'd both moved house a couple of years ago, and have been trying to contact each other with out of date phone numbers. So....
26th May: Chorlton Folk Club, South Manchester Cricket Club (as part of Chorlton Arts Festival).I'll have to look up the address.

Sailor Ron: (if you're reasding this) I'm sending a PM - on another matter entirely.)

TTFN


08 Mar 11 - 10:10 AM (#3109618)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

And another one...
Friday 29th April: Baccapipes folk club, Ukrainian Club, Keighley, Yorks. I'll post the address anon.
Speaking of this august institution (oo-er missis), they've just secured Ewan MacLennan (sp?) for July 8th.
JK


08 Mar 11 - 10:30 AM (#3109636)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Wa-hey John - Ukrainian Club? They'll be wanting you to have a crack at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvD21OntHgI

:-)


15 Mar 11 - 05:25 PM (#3114457)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Will. I tried that link, but it didn't work. JK.


15 Mar 11 - 05:43 PM (#3114470)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Odd, John - just tried it and it worked OK.

Try the clickie: Ukrainian dance


16 Mar 11 - 07:17 PM (#3115282)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Oh, yeah, that stuff. Actually, that's one of the teams I dance with, Thought you would've recognised me...I'm the one in the red boots ...huh...like! I know how it's done, of course; just can't be arsed these days. You know how it is.
See yiz JK.


21 Apr 11 - 09:28 AM (#3139652)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

The Baccapipes club (next Friday, 29th) is in Henry St, off Cavendish St, which is off the A629. 8.30 start.


21 Apr 11 - 09:53 AM (#3139663)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

Have a good one, John - do a dance for me... :-)


16 May 11 - 10:04 AM (#3155098)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

The S.W. Manchester Cricket club (Chorlton Folk Club) is in Elllesmere Rd., Chorlton. M21 05G. THat's 26th May, 9pm start.


27 May 11 - 10:06 AM (#3161282)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

And it was. (Well, it wasn't a 9 pm start, but that's Chorlton for you.) John played two terrific sets, singing with harmonium, cittern and something else that he told me the name of but I can't remember, and unaccompanied. Best Peggy Gordon you're likely to hear. Book him now - you won't regret it.


07 Jun 11 - 09:58 AM (#3166501)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Thanks for the comments Pip. Peggy Gordon is an old favourite of mine, which I usd to accompany on guitar, but in it's most recent incarnation, I use the Waldzither - a small German cittern, similar to the 18thC 'English Guitar'. They crop up regularly on Ebay.

Next date is the Bothy, Southport, on Sunday 19th June. It's at the Park Golf Club, Park Lane West. It's where the Prom turns inland at the north end.
John.


07 Jun 11 - 12:49 PM (#3166570)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: LesB

Bothy Folk Club
Cheers
Les


20 Jul 11 - 01:29 PM (#3191476)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Next date is Thursday 28th July at Fleetwood Folk Club, The Steamer Hotel, 8.30pm.
JK


20 Jul 11 - 10:18 PM (#3191760)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Ross Campbell

Fleetwood Folk Club has moved to the Strawberry Gardens pub in Poulton Road, Fleetwood (FY76TF). Excellent beers from local Fuzzy Duck brewery, discounts for Camra members!

I'm nearly certain they have your name on the wall for this week, John, but Ron Baxter reckoned 28th was the right date. Hope to see you then.

Ross


22 Jul 11 - 09:26 AM (#3192629)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Thanks Ross. I thought it had gone back to the Steamer, but wasn't too sure. They've never actually told me!
JK


02 Sep 11 - 02:11 PM (#3217189)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Forthcoming south east dates:
Saturday, Sept. 10th: Lewes. Elephant & Castle, White Hill.
Tuesday 13th: Windlesham. The Sun, Chertsey Rd.
Thursday 15th: Bishop's Stortford. British Legion, Windhill.
Sunday 20th: Reading. RISC Centre, London St.
Tuesday, 20th: Ringwood. The Elm Tree, Hightown.
Copies of the new CD 'For Honour and Promotion' will be on sale. And copies of the first CD t00.
I was hoping to fill in the gaps with promo spots, but this is proving problematical. It always takes a bit of organising, with a high proportion of clubs these days being twice- or once- a month, so that whenever you are in an area, it's the wrong week for half the clubs. This time it's worse than usual, unless I add considerable mileage to the tour by taking in another county or two. I did email one club about a floor spot, but they haven't replied. Not the first time that's happened, either. It used to be a lot easier in the old days, but we couldn't possibly go back to that, could we? Shouldn't there be a folk song about how much better things were back then?
It's a hard life on the road. JK


02 Sep 11 - 02:17 PM (#3217194)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

John - as ever, good gigs. Wish I could be at the Elephant in Lewes on the 10th - alas, I'm going to a party that night. Might even do "The Lakes of Ponchartrain" in your honour, and raise a glass to you... :-)


13 Feb 12 - 06:16 AM (#3307326)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Forthcoming date: Friday March 9th. Dog and Partridge, Bollington, Cheshire. This is, I think, my fifth date here, although Arthur thinks it's the fourth.
David Kidman's review of my recent CD 'For Honour and Promotion' is now on the Folk and Roots website. I'll try and get a link to it.....or you can just google it! BUT PLEASE HAVE A LOOK....
JK


13 Feb 12 - 06:26 AM (#3307328)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Some of you, of course, will already have seen Sean Bredin's review of same in the Autumn edition of Stirrings, but that isn't on t'internet. JK


26 May 12 - 04:12 PM (#3355965)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Two upcoming dates: Thursday June 7th; Orpington Folk Club, Change of Horses,
                                  Farnborough High St. BR6 7BB. 8.15pm   
                                  Friday June 8th: Seaford Folk Club, British Legion Hall, Claremont Rd
                                  BN25 2BJ. 7.45pm
                                                               
That's all there is. Nothing else lined up. I'm still not known in many areas, but I can't afford to do the promotional tours, so the future isn't looking good. In fact, if I can't get bookings some other way, or get some free money from somewhere, I may have to get rid of the van next February when the MOT and insurance become due. And that means I won't be going anywhere. I'm setting up a website, so maybe that might get me some work. Everybody these days seems to think that's the way to do it; I'm not convinced, but we'll see.
There are still CDs available. Further to my comments a couple of posts back, David Kidman's review is also on the Living Tradition website. I WILL sort out a link, just as soon as I can button-hole a computer-literate person...
JK


27 May 12 - 11:55 AM (#3356159)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Will Fly

John - the Seaford gig's in my diary - looking forward to seeing you there!

Good luck with the website, John - it can certainly be a way of getting work. You can put sound samples on it, video clips (or links to YouTube), CD details with payment by PayPal, email address, telephone number(s), gig details, etc. Well worth it in my opinion.

If you'd like some video shot for YouTube and/or other purposes at Seaford, do let me know. I've done quite a few over the last two years - the Boat Band, Mike Nicholson, Ben Paley - and meself of course. In fact, if you're down in the area for a day or two, we could even arrange a daylight video session.

PM me if you're interested.


30 May 12 - 10:23 AM (#3357245)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Here's David Kidman's review. This is the last paragraph:

John really is an excellent singer, whom we don't see often enough around the folk clubs; he has an appealing tone, a natural command of phrasing and an unerring sense of line and gentle dynamics. And it's evident from listening to these wholly satisfying renditions that for every single item on this magnificent 70-minute disc, John has lived extensively with these songs and thought long and hard about their interpretation and the optimum performing versions. His scholarship is exemplary too, as can be seen from the meticulous care with which he credits and acknowledges sources in his booklet notes.

Speaking for myself, it's one of my albums of 2011; good songs, well-arranged and in renditions as good as you'll hear from anyone. If you haven't heard John's "As I was a-wandering", in particular, you're missing out.

It's available from John, who may also have the odd copy of his first (equally good) album - mail him at harmoniumhero [at] hotmail [dot] com.


03 Aug 13 - 04:12 PM (#3545203)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Blimey - it's well over a year since I last posted on this thread. Nothing's changed since my last post. Still nothing much happening, and I'm more skint than I was last year. The ceilidh band work, which was keeping the van on the road, has dried up completely in the last 12 months. I've got some offers of dates in the south east for next year, but can't take them on unless I can get some more to tie in. I need enough to cover next year's insurance or I won't be able to do anything.
In the meantime, I am at the White Lion, Manchester Rd, Swinton next Monday, Aug. 12th.
JK


09 Aug 13 - 04:17 PM (#3547355)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Phil Edwards

Can't usually do Mondays, but this should be OK - with any luck I'll be there!


09 Aug 13 - 08:28 PM (#3547420)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Hi Phil. Just spotted the thread on the list, and when I saw your post, I thought you were a week out, until I looked at my last post, and realised it was me! I was there last Monday - 5th. Sorry about that, and apologies to anyone else who saw it, and was hoping to see me there next week. It's got me worried. I think I had the 12th in my mind for some other reason, and am now wondering what it was. There have been so many dates bandied about this summer with the dance teams - most of which haven't come to anything, that it's all becoming a blur. Actually, I've just picked up an unexpected date for Geoff Bibby's club in Warrington. Jerry Epstein, from the US, was supposed to be there, but he's recently had a stroke, and though he's OK, he's decided to cancel this tour. So Geoff asked me to do the date.
Sunday, September 29th: The Bull's Head, Church Rd. Warrington. (Just off A49.) 8.30pm.
Next date after that is Skipton Folk Club, The Narrow Bout, Victoria St. Monday October 7th.
Skipton's a bit far, but Warrington's not too bad - just down the M62, or the M56!

See Ya. JK


28 Sep 13 - 04:11 PM (#3562302)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: Harmonium Hero

Busy day tomorrow - Sept 29th. Mind The Step (Appalachian stepping) perform outside the Riverside Tea Garden on the Groves, Chester, with Raise The Dust (Appalachian). The Tea Garden is just under the footbridge over the Dee. Staring time 11am.
Then in the evening, I have a solo date at Warrington Folk Club, The Bull's Head, Church Rd - just off A49. 8.30 start.
John K


29 Sep 13 - 04:08 PM (#3562577)
Subject: RE: John Kelly Permathread
From: GUEST,big al whittle

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