Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly


Versatile guitarist/bassist with a university degree in Classical Guitar and numerous major label and independent recording credits. Currently recording Classical Guitar Album for OPENING DAY ENTERTAINMENT / UNIVERSAL MUSIC.


Sean Kelly has the pleasure of making music on the guitar in a number of capacities; as teacher, performer, session guitarist, recording artist and producer.

Under the tutelage of masters Professor Eli Kassner from the University of Toronto, and Dr. Michael Strutt from the University of British Columbia, Sean earned his Honors Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar. In addition, Sean took a year to study at Nippissing University in order to earn his Bachelor of Education.

Sean puts both degrees to great use as a Music Teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board and as a private guitar teacher with Lippert Music Centre, where he instructs advanced players in Classical, Rock and Jazz styles and has recently his first "Rock Camp". Sean has also been a featured contributor on Music Education in Canadian Musician Magazine.

As a performer, Sean acquired a degree of notoriety within the Rock Guitar community with his selection as one of Guitar Player Magazine's GUITAR HERO 2005 - Top 10 finalists. This was quite an honour, as Sean was selected from thousands of entrants to perform at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on June 10th, 2005 in front of celebrity judges Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather amongst others. His performance was lauded for its showmanship, technical accomplishment and musical maturity.

Sean is an extremely versatile guitarist and over the past 10 years has worked with a number of Canada's top artists including Carole Pope, Chad Richardson (Broadway musical star of RENT), Dale Martindale (Images In Vogue), Jeff Pearce (Moist / David Usher), Maria Del Mar (National Velvet), Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik / Revolver), The Show, Wild Strawberries, Classic Albums Live performances, and many others.

All of Sean’s experiences culminated in the writing and recording of PENNY PILLS in 2003, which featured Sean as lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter with the popular Toronto band CRASH KELLY. PENNY PILLS has been released in Canada, the US, UK and Japan to great acclaim. CRASH KELLY has toured Europe three times and completed a 5 week US tour during the summer of 2005 with Sweden's Backyard Babies.

CRASH KELLY’s second album, ELECTRIC SATISFACTION, was recorded in Los Angeles with producer and Guns N Roses/ Rockstar Supernova guitarist GILBY CLARKE. ELECTRIC SATISFACTION was released in Canada on May 2, 2006 through Bhurr Records / Fontana North / Universal Music. CRASH KELLY completed a 14 date / 3 week Canadian Tour sponsored by BC Rich Guitars / Jägermeister that included 3 dates supporting Shock Rock Legend ALICE COOPER in May.

Electric Satisfaction was released in the US on July 25, 2006 and CRASH KELLY supported the US release with tour dates including the 68th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally with ALICE COOPER, and a week in Southern California with shows at The Cat Club with Gilby Clarke, The Vine Street Lounge with LA Guns, Stanton Summerfest as part of the International Pop Overthrow Festival and The Key Club with Metal Skool. CRASH KELLY followed this up with another 10 date tour with ALICE COOPER in October and a week of shows on the West Coast in January 2007.

Most recently, Sean signed a recording contract with OPENING DAY ENTERTAINMENT ( to record an album of Classical Guitar Pieces that will be distributed through Universal Music as part of the “ #1 “ Classical Music Series. The project is currently underway with a release date scheduled for mid-2007.

Sean's guitar playing has earned him endorsements from such companies as HHI Music/BC Rich Guitars and Kustom Amplification, Aria Guitars, SIT strings, and In Tune Guitar Picks.


Sean Kelly - The # 1 Classical Guitar Album (Opening Day Entertainment / Universal Music). Produced by Trey Mills. Street date - mid-2007. Currently in the studio.

Crash Kelly - Electric Satisfaction (Liquor and Poker Music/Century Media). Produced by Gilby Clarke with Sean Kelly

Crash Kelly - Penny Pills (Liquor and Poker Music/Century Media). Co-produced with Ky Anto

Shannon Lee Briggs - Like A Country Rose. (Independent)

Revoler - Turbulence/I Want You To Want Me (single) - (Sextant/EMI)

Revolver - Turbulence (Drakkar/Sony/BMG)

The Show - Debt, Sweat, and Tears (EMI)

Rye - Wolves (Vibrahive/MapleMusic/Universal)

Chad Richardson - Legends of Brud (Aquarius/EMI)

Dale Martindale/69 Duster - Ride (Bhurr/RCD Music)

Dale Martindale/69 Duster - Mania! (Independant)

Chad Richardson - No.1 Fan (Independent)

Wild Strawberries - Quiver (Nettwerk/EMI)

Heater - EP (Independent)

Neil Leyton - Brighter Side Of Her Midnight Sun (Fading Ways Music)

Neil Leyton - My New Soul EP (Fading Ways Music)

Set List

Not Applicable