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Singer songwriter Bill Kelly hails from Placentia Bay and has been performing Irish music for more than 35 years. From a musical family, he now boasts a huge repertoire of traditional material heavily influenced by Paddy Reilly, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Maken and the Dubliners with a sprinkle of 60’s folk ballads and Irish rebel songs thrown into the mix. He was an original member of Stogger Tight from 1978 to 1992, a trailblazing Irish Newfoundland band often credited with being an inspiration for the next generation of musicians.
Aside from charity and private engagements, Bill Kelly now performs exclusively at O’Reilly’s. He remains the only solo artist to receive a standing ovation at O’Reilly’s.
Brenda’s favourite song? “I love Bill’s delivery of the great rebel song, but the song that epitomizes Bill for me is the song he wrote for his father, The Hardest of Men. Every time Bill sings that song you can feel the love for his father – it also makes me think of my father, so that’s very special.”
Bill Kelly performs regularly at O’Reilly’s – check our entertainment schedule for listing!