Alan Kelly – piano accordion
Steph Geremia – flute, vocals, sop sax & whistle
Ian Carr – guitar & harmony vocals
Eddi Reader – vocals & guitar
John Douglas – ukulele, guitar & harmony vocals
The Alan Kelly Gang team up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, of Fairground Attraction fame and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas. The result is sheer musical synergy in its most natural form. Once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound; Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.
Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers, with an MBE, a number 1 single and 7 acclaimed solo albums behind her, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song.
Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums. His friendship with Eddi resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album, After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a ‘humdinger of a collection’. In 2010 Alan, Eddi and the gang joined forces for three major Irish arts festivals, each a resounding success driving the collaboration to new heights. In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang again teamed up with Eddi and John for the evocative, ‘Connemara‘, released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. The song was playlisted on Ireland’s national radio station, RTE Radio 1 and followed by a sell out nationwide tour of Ireland. The project has since evolved into a global headlining act.
Alan Kelly Gang w/ Eddi Reader & John Douglas Video Links:
Charlie Is My Darling – Festival des Traversees – France 2012
I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows – Festival des Traversees – France 2012
Leezie Lindsay – Festival des Traversees – France 2012
Aye Walkin O’ – Kilkenny – Ireland 2011
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose – Alan Kelly & Eddi Reader – Geantraí TG4 TV Program