Patrick Kelly (fiddler)

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Patrick Kelly
Born 1905
Origin Cree, County Clare, Ireland
Died 1976
Genres Traditional Irish
Instruments fiddle

Patrick Kelly (1905–1976) was an Irish fiddle-player and -teacher.

Kelly was born in Cree, County Clare, and learned to play when he was young. His youth were the heyday of the American Wakes and the house dances. His style was influenced by the Kerry fiddler George Whelan (also the mentor of his father) and Danny Mescal. Both acted as his teachers and mentors.[1][2]

Style[edit]

Patrick Kelly specialized in music set in 12/8 pieces. While teaching in Cree and surroundings, he also passed on the Foxhunters Reel.[3]

Characteristic of Kelly was the tuning of his fiddle in AEAE, so he could use droning and double stopping.[4]

Personal[edit]

Patrick Kelly was the only child of Tim Kelly and Maria Killeen (1863–1951).[5]

Around 1930, Kelly married Margaret "Dilly" Golden from Cree. They had seven children.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • Ceol an Clair, Vol. I (CCÉ CL 17) - along with Junior Crehan, Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan and John Kelly which was recorded by Seamus Mac Mathuna.
  • Pat Kelly (Custy Music) - recorded in the 1960s and restored by his son.[7]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vallely, Fintan (1999). The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press. p. 207. 
  2. ^ audio recording made by Seamus Mac Mathuna, a copy of which is held in the Irish Traditional Music Archive
  3. ^ Vallely, Fintan (1999). The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press. p. 207. 
  4. ^ Vallely, Fintan (1999). The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press. p. 207. 
  5. ^ Taaffe, Brendan (2005). Aeroplanes out of Scrapheaps: Patrick Kelly from Cree. p. 5. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Taaffe, Brendan (2005). Aeroplanes out of Scrapheaps: Patrick Kelly from Cree. p. 7. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Long, Siobhán (6-8-2004). "Traditional". The Irish Times.  Check date values in: |date= (help);