Galway City, County Galway
Roscommon born ALAN KELLY is widely regarded as the finest exponent of the piano accordion in traditional Irish music and is credited with single handedly reviving the piano accordion as a traditional instrument. Alan grew up in a house steeped in traditional music and dance.
In his early music years, Alan won All-Ireland titles on piano accordion and piano, determined to become a full time musician Alan moved to Galway, where he quickly became part of the thriving traditional music scene, forging an excellent reputation for himself.
Alan has recorded three solo albums 'Out of the Blue' (1996), 'Mosaic' (2000) and 'After the Morning' (2009) as well as an album with his brother John 'Fourmilehouse' (2002) .
Alan's other recording credits include appearances with Eddi Reader, Cathy Ryan, Niamh Parsons, Michael McGoldrick, Cathal Hayden, Seán Keane and Boo Hewerdine.
He has firmly established himself as one of Ireland’s top musicians touring with artists such as De Dannan, Arty McGlynn, Eddi Reader, Lúnasa, and Michael McGoldrick and has also contributed to a number of theatre productions from Boston to Edinburgh to Sydney working with prestigious award winning theatre companies such as Galway’s Druid Theatre Co., The Lyric in Belfast and Mabou Mines in New York.
"After the Morning" is an unqualified triumph…superb” Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, NY
“…a pristine polished gem” ***** 5 stars Irish Times
" The arrangements are world class.. Each of the dozen tracks here is a work of art” Irish Music Magazine