John Kelly

John, of Roscommon town, was born in 1973 and he started learning music at a young age, from both his father Frank, and from renowned musician and teacher, Paddy Ryan. Soon he began competing at Fleadhanna Cheoil, and he won All- Ireland titles at all under-age grades on flute and whistle. Since the mid-nineties, John has lived in Ennis, Co Clare, and he has played with Siobhan Peoples, Pat Marsh, Tola Custy and many of the great players from that area. John has played and toured with his brother Alan on piano accordion. In recent years, they released an outstanding debut CD titled “Fourmilehouse”, the townland where their musical father was reared. Both John and Alan continue to tour all over the world. John says that he was heavily influenced by and continues to be inspired by the great Roscommon flautists Patsy Hanly, John Carlos, Tommy Guihan, and of course Matt Molloy. John plays a Mike Grinter flute.

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