The richness provided by the accordion, powerful rhythm guitar and bodhran give a fullness of sound that belies the number of people on stage and with a repertoire encompassing fast and furious Celtic songs and tunes, gentle ballads and quality contemporary numbers by the likes of Christy Moore, Eric Bogle and Ewan MacColl as well as some original material, this East Midlands based band are one of the most sought after on the circuit.
The band was formed in 1983 with our vocalist, Tony, being one of the original line-up. Since then, Kellys Heroes have played to audiences including 40,000 people at the Glasgow Mayfest, 25,000 at the Heineken Big Top with The Pogues, a Chateau in France for a very exclusive birthday party and to 6 people in a kitchen for a family celebration as well as just about every other type of event you can imagine in between!
Some of the more memorable venues Kellys Heroes have played include The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, The Alexandra Palace, London, Stowe School, Buckingham, Camden Irish Centre, London, Kilburn Irish Centre, London, Rock City, Nottingham, Celtic Supporters Club, Glasgow, Leicester Tigers Stadium, Leicester, The Hammersmith Apollo, London.
We have also played the end of tour parties for the Threepenny Opera and Reasons To Be Cheerful theatre productions and the end of shoot parties for a couple of ITV series as well as being filmed as part of the story lines!
Kellys Heroes have recorded 12 albums as well as individual band members appearing on many, many more.
Bookings are undertaken with a flexible line-up from a three-piece band up to a five-piece band. Instrumentation includes Vocals, Guitar, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Bodhran, Fiddle, Whistles, Banjo and Mandolin depending on the line-up booked. In addition, when playing for Ceilidhs and Barn Dances, Kellys always bring along a caller who works wonders at getting people involved in fun, easy traditional dances.
Kellys Heroes are available for festivals, folk clubs, pubs and clubs as well as all types of private functions, including weddings!
Karen Kilbride• Feb. 29, 2020
Kelly's hero's were absolutely brilliant, they made our night. Everyone was asking how I had found them, I will definitely book them again. Thank you lads. Fantastic.
Olivia Gunn• Jan. 19, 2019
Amazing! I had about 80 people at my birthday party and the majority had never been to a Ceilidh before. Everyone got involved and loved it! It was a great atmosphere, thank you guys!
Alice Duggan• Aug. 11, 2018
Kelly's Heros were absolutely spot on. Really got the party going and although we were all new to Ceilidh the caller kept us all right! They arrived an hour early to set up and were flexible to any requests, they even played 'one more tune' at the end. I would highly recommend for any event!
Debbie• Oct. 29, 2017
Great night! Great songs by a great band-and love my new cd's!!
Sarah & George• Oct. 1, 2017
I'm just emailing to say thank you to you and all of Kelly's Heros for your fantastic performance at our wedding on Saturday. Everyone loved you guys and had a great time. The Cèilidh dance was incredibly popular (even though most of us weren't that good at it!) and we've had comments from our guests time and time again about how much they loved 'the band'. Thanks again for helping make our day so special.
Zoe & James• Sept. 16, 2017
James and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of Kelly's Heroes for such an amazing evening. Everyone absolutely loved your ceilidh and it was so much fun. We'll definitely be recommending you! Many thanks again, Zoe & James
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Anything and everything! We've been doing this for a long time so if we haven't exactly done your type of event you can pretty much guarantee we've done something similar :)
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Our PA will cover venues with a capacity of up to 250 people and we carry two floor spotlights as standard.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes, we have full Public Liability Insurance and all of our electrical eqipment is PAT tested annually. All certificates can be emailed on confirmation of a booking if required.
How much space do you require?
A minimum of 10ft wide by 7ft deep
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We don't learn specific numbers for specific gigs but it's always worth asking if we can do a request that's not on our current list!
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
For 2x45 mins sets, one break 20-30 mins For ceilidhs of up to 3 hour time slot, usually one break of approx 30 mins.
All For Me Grog
Ballad of Cable Street
Banks Of Red Roses
Banks Of The Roses
Black Velvet Band
Black Is The Colour
Both Sides The Tweed
Clare To Here
Cliffs Of Dooneen
Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
Devil Is Dead
Dirty Old Town
Don't Come Again
Dublin's Fair City
Farewell To The Gold
Fields Of Athenry
Flower Of Scotland
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Follow Me Up To Carlow
Green Fields Of France
Goodbye Muirsheen Dirkin
Home, Boys, Home
I Know My Love
I'll Tell Me Ma
I'm A Rover
Johnny Come Lately
Leaving Of Liverpool
Mull River Shuffle
My Young Man
New York Girls
Nothing To Show For It All
Old Maid In The Garrett
Only Our Rivers Run Free
Raggle Taggle Gypsies
Seven Days Are In The Week
Seven Drunken Nights
Seventeen On Sunday
She Moves Through The Fair
Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
Star Of The County Down
Step It Out Mary
The Town I Love So Well
Whiskey In The Jar
Wild Colonial Boy
Wish I Was Back In Liverpool
Wish I Was In England