Alan Kelly Gang featuring Eddi Reader

Alan Kelly Gang featuring Eddi Reader

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Hailed by international critics for their consummate musicianship and powerful, emotive performance, they deliver a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire, amalgamating a musical dialogue that spans the Celtic countries. Joined here by the stunning Scottish vocalist, Eddi Reader.

Biography

The Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as “in league with the best piano accordionists in the world”, and with three of Ireland’s finest musicians in tow, all critically acclaimed masters of their own craft, the gang have been taking global audiences by storm impressing both music lover and critic alike. Hailed by international critics for their consummate musicianship and powerful, emotive performance, they deliver a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire, amalgamating a musical dialogue that spans the Celtic countries, all the while with Ireland sternly at its helm. “The arrangements are world class, as are the musicians, and Ireland is always somewhere in the mix” Irish Music Magazine

With powerful instrumentals and beautifully arranged songs, skillfully executed and soulfully delivered, their live performances are a living, breathing thing. Mixing strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies, they unite old with new and breathe new life into what has been handed down from generations before. As Alan and his Gang visit festival stages across the globe, critics praise them for their power, energy and ability to make audiences fall in love, leaving the listener with an ache and yearning that comes from hearing great music and witnessing exquisite musicians at work. In short, their music will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion they put into the music they play, infecting the listener with a sense of musical delight – magical, joyous and uplifting!

The gang have made festival appearances worldwide including: WOMADelaide (Australia), National Folk Festival (Australia), Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia), Blue Mountains Music Festival (Australia), Celtic Connections (Scotland), Celtic Colours (Canada), Festival de Cornouaille (France), Festival des Traversées (France), Festival des Irlandays (Paris), Guinness Irish Festival (Switzerland), Festival of World Cultures (Ireland), Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Ballyshannon Folk Festival (Ireland) and Cork Folk Festival (Ireland).

This summer will see the band return to Canada for performances at prestigious festivals including Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals before returning to the studio to finish their second album due for release in Sept 2013.

About The Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader:
The Alan Kelly Gang team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, of Fairground Attraction fame and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas. The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form. Once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound; Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.

Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers, with an MBE, a number 1 single and 7 acclaimed solo albums behind her, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song.

Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums. His friendship with Eddi resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album, After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a ‘humdinger of a collection’. In 2010 Alan, Eddi and the gang joined forces for three major Irish arts festivals, each a resounding success driving the collaboration to new heights. In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang again teamed up with Eddi and John for the evocative, ‘Connemara‘, released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. The song was playlisted on Ireland’s national radio station, RTE Radio 1 and followed by a sell out nationwide tour of Ireland. The project has since evolved into a global headlining act.

Discography

2011 - Alan Kelly Gang - 'Small Towns and Famous Nights'
2009 - Alan Kelly - 'After The Morning'
2002 - Alan & John Kelly - 'Fourmilehouse'
2000 - Alan Kelly - 'Mosaic'
1997 - Alan Kelly - 'Out of the Blue'