20th July – Kelly’s Heroes

Returning to play at Irvine Folk Club after an absence of a good number of years, Kellys Heroes will top the bill on Wednesday 20th July. They were a very popular band and so expectations are high this time round.
Kellys Heroes first played in Irvine when The Redburn Hotel was the Club’s home – an indication of the quick passage of time! They went down well and subsequently appeared at Marymass Folk Festivals. Then due to family circumstances, the band was off the road for a while. But now they’re back.
The rich strength of Kellys Heroes is Helen O’Connell’s fine playing of the Button Accordion and Melodeon plus the powerful rhythmic Guitar and Bodhran playing of Steve Hall and Tony Duggan respectively. And all three do vocals too. As might be expected, the fast and furious Celtic songs and tunes are in their set list as well as gentle ballads and contemporary material from the likes of Eric Bogle, Ewan MacColl and Christy Moore.
It will be good to have this East Midlands based Band back in Irvine. Hear them for yourself, whether it’s the second or the first time, at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 20th July at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Finally, look out in your local Library for The 49th Marymass Folk Festival programme giving full details of the five day bash. The dates are Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August and the programme will also be available at www.irvinefolkclub.org or else phone Joyce on 01294 551047.