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Dan Kelly

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Daniel ‘Dan’ Kelly is the second oldest of six children, the nephew of Paul Kelly. He grew up in Queensland and learnt the guitar at thirteen, studying Environmental Science at University, in Brisbane, in 1990. He formed his first band, Nord, in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne in 1996, where in 2000 he started playing solo shows, under the name Dank Alley, not wanting to trade on his famous uncle’s name. In May, 2003 he released his first solo EP, Man O Mercy, which spawned the radio hit “Countermeal Kim”.

The next year he formed a new band, Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males, comprising Kelly, with Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Christian Strybosch (The Drones) and Tom Carlyon (The Devestations). They were best known for the falsetto vocal stylings of Kelly, touring alongside Dallas Crane, Dan Brodie and The Broken Arrows, Even, as well as at The Falls Festival in Melbourne and Tasmania and selected Big Day Outs. In March 2004 they released their debut album, Sing the Tabloid Blues, on In-Fidelity Recordings. Kelly was nominated for ‘Best Male Artist’, with the band receiving two nominations, ‘Best Independent Release’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist’ for the album at the 2004 ARIA Awards. At the same time Kelly also joined his uncle’s band, Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions, performing on his 2004 album, Ways & Means.

In 2005 Liddiard and Carlyon traveled to Europe with their respective other projects, with Aaron Cupples, Dan Luscombe and Lewis Boyes joining the Alpha Males. The band then released an EP, Pirate Radio in October, 2005.

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