Emmett Kelly (musician)
|Origin||Van Nuys, California|
|Genres||Folk, Rock, Experimental|
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Labels||Narnack Records, Disneyland Reform Party, Polyvinyl Record Co., Empty Cellar, Drag City, Tin Angel, The Blackest Rainbow|
|Associated acts||Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, Ty Segall & The Muggers, The Cairo Gang, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, The Surf, The Sundried, Psychojail|
Emmett Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist from Van Nuys, California. He is the primary songwriter and recording artist of The Cairo Gang, and has contributed vocal and instrumental work to a variety of international musical projects, appearing on recordings by the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Azita, Joan of Arc, Angel Olsen, Edith Frost, Women and Children, John Webster Johns, Jeff Harms, Chicago poet/singer Marvin Tate, Matteah Baim, Japanese musician Takuma Watanabe, and Joshua Abrams. Kelly has toured in several of the aforementioned acts in addition to with Sonny Smith, Baby Dee, Beth Orton, and Terry Reid; and in other instances, performed live with Scott Tuma, Joan of Arc, and Pillars and Tongues. He is also one half of the band The Surf, The Sundried, and a founding member of Chicago's Psychojail.
In 2016, Kelly was a member of garage rock musician Ty Segall's backing band The Muggers, formed following the release of the studio album, Emotional Mugger. Continuing to work with Segall, Kelly contributed to the recording of his ninth studio album, Ty Segall (2017), and is currently a member of his backing band, The Freedom Band.
Emmett’s primary focus is his band, The Cairo Gang, which released its self-titled debut album on Narnack Records in 2006. The Disneyland Reform Party, a label started by Kelly and New York artist, Stasiu Tokarski, released 2008’s Twyxt Wyrd, which was subsequently released as a limited edition LP by Sheffield, UK’s The Blackest Rainbow. Following Twyxt Wyrd, Kelly released the home recorded Holy Clover EP on San Francisco’s Empty Cellar Records and Coventry, UK’s Tin Angel.
Kelly has been a frequent collaborator of Will Oldham (A.K.A. Bonnie “Prince” Billy), and has lent his vocals and guitar to his recordings and performances since Oldham’s 2006 album, The Letting Go. In 2010 Drag City released the critically acclaimed album, The Wonder Show of the World, which featured compositional work by Kelly as The Cairo Gang, along with the single, Midday/You Win, and the 10’’, Island Brothers/New Wonder.
The Cairo Gang
- The Cairo Gang (Narnack Records, 2006)
- Twyxt Wyrd (The Disneyland Reform Party, 2008/The Blackest Rainbow, 2010)
- Holy Clover EP (Empty Cellar/Tin Angel, 2010)
- The Corner Man (Empty Cellar, 2012)
- Mixtape No. 1 (Teen River, 2013)
- Tiny Rebels (Empty Cellar / Burger Records, 2013)
- Live at The Owl (Parliament Tapes, 2013)
- Live at Burger Records Vol. 3 (Burger Records, 2014)
- Goes Missing (Gurger and God?, 2015)
- The Wonder Show of the World - Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang (Drag City, 2010)
- Midday/You Win 7" - Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang (Drag City, 2010)
- Island Brothers/New Wonder 10" - Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang (Drag City, 2011)
- We Love Our Hole/I'll Be Alright 7" - Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang (Empty Cellar, 2014)
- Alien Flower Sutra - Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly (International Anthem, 2016)
- Presence Under The Tree (Attack Nine, 2006)
- 13 Weeks of Summer (Attack 9, 2007)
- Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control (Polyvinyl Record Co., 2010)
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