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The Kelly Family Band

The Kelly Family band are both Irish and Australian born and play family folk music with Celtic and American influences. They are regulars on the Australian festival circuit and  have also played in Europe where they took on Prague, Liepzig, Berlin, Poland, Paris, Alsace, Milan, Provence, and Ireland to name a few, phew !

Family bands are one of life’s super special creations and the Kelly family band are such an organism. Three kids and two adults all with happy demeanours make their Irish sound with joy, love, tensions and all the ups and downs that come with family life.



























The youngest is 16 years old and Rory plays the  bodhran, and drums with such energy that he often burns himself out and has to leave the stage half way through the show for a breather. He also enjoys the saxophone, guitar, and cello.

Mocara (Irish for my friend) is 17 years old and a keen dancer, drummer, and fiddler and is the mischievous one while Sofia at 20 is the more experienced and fiery fiddler of the children.

Mum (Kristin), and Dad (Alan) are founder members of the Irish band the Barleyshakes and consider this time of the family life to be pure gold. The Kelly Family Band are a joy to behold and their music is infectious, upbeat and for all the family to be sure to be sure. 


In 2017 the toured Europe and performed at the Interceltique festvial in Lorient France to huge crowds as well as perfroming extensively in france the y played in Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland 

Regular festival appearances include Woodford, Wintermoon, National Celtic, National Folk Fest, Maleny Music Weekend, and Glen Innes .In 2019 they performed a specially composed piece for Woodford folk festivals Welcoming ceremony and then toured New Zealand's South Island.

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Staying Alive - Kelly Family band
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The Last Orangutan - Kelly Family band
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I Will Wait - Kelly Family Band
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Click Below for a compilation      slideshow of our latest CD.

Live At Lorient Interceltique '17