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  • Born

    16 March 1960 (age 58)

  • Born In

    New York, New York, United States

There are several artists with the name Brian Kelly:

BRIAN KELLY (artist website: is an award-winning, top-charting composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released two critically acclaimed contemporary piano instrumental CDs. Brian resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brian Kelly - New York-based rock musician. 2 albums: Each Day Blues, Receding Choir. Official site:

Brian Kelly is a London-based tenor banjo player who took lessons from the influential Brendan Mulkere and went on to win All-Ireland titles on both the banjo and mandolin.

Born in New York City, Brian grew up in Palo Alto, California. He began piano at age 8. His experience as a stage actor and performer in numerous plays and musical theatre productions (at Theatreworks and the Palo Alto Children's Theatre), as well as his four years of singing madrigals in an a cappella group, continue to inform his creative work. He studied music composition at Hampshire College and studied jazz piano with Art Lande.

Brian Kelly is winner of the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Award for his original composition "Todd Pond". In 2005 he released his debut album of piano instrumentals, Pools of Light, on the Skylight Music label. The album charted #1 for two months on modern instrumental radio in North America. Brian was nominated for the NAR (New Age Reporter) Lifestyle Music Artist of the Year award. In 2006 he published Pools of Light: the Solo Piano Songbook, a collection of solo piano arrangements of 11 tracks from his Pools of Light CD. In 2008 Brian released Afterplay, his second CD of piano-based instrumental music. The album includes the world-renowned talents of Eric Crystal on sax, David Rokeach on drums, Viviana Guzman on flute, and James Robinson on guitar. His music receives national and international airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world. Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College, and a voting member of the Recording Academy. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brian Kelly has been a familiar face on London's Irish circuit for some time now, thanks in part to a four-year residency with guitarist Paddy Gallagher at The Stag's Head in Camden, and his shock of ginger hair. His debut album was launched at the Return to Camden Town festival 2001. Accompanied by Paddy Gallagher and with additional assistance from Brian's sister Martina on fiddle and John Blake on flute and piano, Brian's banjo ripples through a series of eleven tracks with disarming ease. There's none of the excessive elaboration to which some banjo-mongers are prone, for this man knows an ornament when he sees one and, more importantly, when and where to play it.

Brian joined The Popes in December 2003 and has spent the last couple of years touring with Shane MacGowan. He now plays with, among others, Jamie Smith and Colette O’Leary in various residencies around north London. Brian’s new album, "The Plain of Jars", was released in October 2006 at the Return to Camden Town Festival. It features many musical friends, including Jamie Smith on fiddle, Colette O’Leary on accordion, Paddy Gallagher on guitar and Tad Sargent on bodhran.

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