THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC


Pat Kelly - Irish born singer, songwriter & guitarist began his career early, writing his first song at the age of 11, picking up his first guitar the same year, with early influences from artists like Springsteen, Dylan and Dan Fogelberg. Growing up in Waterford city, most nights as a teenager were spent listening to WLR local radio, learning new chords on the guitar and of course writing those really odd lyrics that only a teenager can.


Pat sang and played guitar and bass in several local bands in Ireland for a few years before he decided it was time to spread his wings a little further. He moved to Konstanz, Germany in 1993 and began playing the Irish bar circut in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He would meet many fellow musicians on the road during this period. "They have all been inspirational in one way or another, the learning curve with these guys has been more like a roller coaster ride!".


In 1997 he recorded his first album "Now And Then" in Germany, consisting of 10 self-penned songs. Pat himself describes the album as almost an "open book" on his life up to that point. Songs like "Secrets" - his personal favourite on the album - just tell it like it is. The album was well received by fans in Germany. A low key acoustic album - it utilizes the essence of what makes the Pat Kelly sound - just voice and guitar. In June 2001, Pat began a four month stint as resident musician on the Greek island of Kos. During this summer season at "Club Hamam", Pat met up with other musicians, music agents and bar/pub owners from Holland to Denmark, and there began a new and fruitful chapter in Pat's music career - a move to The Netherlands.


Recorded in Holland, March 2003 saw the release of Kelly's second album, the electric "Bittersweet". The Beatles/Billy Joel influenced album, again like the first, contains 10 original songs. In 2005, Pat recorded a live album of originals and covers at Flatley's Irish Pub, Geleen, Netherlands. November 2008, Pat relocates to Copenhagen, Denmark.


A brand new album "Alice Is Not In Wonderland" featuring 10 new songs recorded in New York and Copenhagen, was released worldwide in February 2011. The album features a host of musical friends who joined Pat on several songs, including Julie Corbalis (USA), Thomas Rosenberg (DK) and Stefanie Furst (DE) among others.


In 2016, the stand-alone single "No Illusions" was released. To date, this has been Kelly's most successful release, in terms of digital sales.


Between 2016 and 2021 Pat has written and produced music for other artists, including Bianca Kinane (IRL) and the power ballad "Until The Edge Of Time"


Another stand-alone single "Revolution Of The Heart" was released in May 2021.


In October and November 2021, Pat began recording sessions in Malmo, Sweden, with producer and sound engineer Thomas Larsen (Fabriken Studios), resulting in the completion of "Now And Then" - the original 1996 album re-recorded to a better standard but sticking to the original acoustic style and sound. Preceded by the release of the single "Waiting" in December 2021, the album - 25 years on from its inception - will be released in January 2022.