James Kelly Fiddle Master Class
Venue: Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
James Kelly, a native of Ireland, is one of the greatest Irish traditional fiddlers alive today. He learned his music from his father John Kelly (fiddle and concertina player) from County Clare. James began his recording and touring career at age sixteen. That year he won first place in the prestigious "Fiddler of the Year" competition and recorded his first album, a duet with his brother John. Since that time, James has toured Europe, the US, Canada, and South America, and has been a member of several influential Irish groups including the legendary folk group, Planxty.
He was a presenter of the "Pure Drop" series for Irish TV, has appeared with The Chieftains, and has recorded with the "Bee Gees". In 2006 James received the "Gradam Ceoil TG4 2006 Irish Musician of the Year Award". He has 18 albums to his credit and is currently compiling his over 1500 compositions for publication. He gives workshops in Florida, throughout the U.S. Canada and Europe, and also teaches live one on one lessons via the internet. James continues to play concerts and festivals with some of Irish music's leading accompanists