Please note: this profile is now part of an archived conference and information may be outdated.

John Kelly

Graeae Theatre Company


John Kelly

“I have been singing since I was 8, brought up with Irish music loving parents, and vinyl and cassettes all over the house, music has been my life. Musically, I am self taught. I started a band in my teens (Another Dead Rabbit) writing and gigging whenever and wherever I could. I took on the guitar, bass and keyboards and I’m pleased to say I’m still dodgy on them all”.

John Kelly is a warm, funny, passionate musician with over 30 years’ live experience. He is a lover and a (non-violent) fighter for equality, inclusion and human rights. His songwriting sits alongside that of his heroes and peers; containing all the compassion & conviction of Woody Guthrie, the fiery passion of Billy Bragg and the imaginative storytelling of Ian Dury & The Blockheads. As a solo artist and lead member of the band Rockinpaddy he has wowed crowds at gigs ranging from backroom pubs to sold-out stadiums. John has toured extensively both in the UK & Internationally John’s music is informed by his broad musical tastes encompassing Irish, folk and traditional music alongside rockabilly, punk, ska and blues. John is also a Disability & Human Rights Campaigner and has been on tv, radio and national press with his music and most recently fighting for Disabled Peoples rights to Independent Living. John continues working hard in Lockdown writing for his new EP & performing online and campaigning for our rights & inclusion.