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John Joe Kelly is one of the most sought-after bodhrán players on the folk music scene today. A member of Flook and Mike McGoldrick bands among others, John Joe’s playing has become legendary throughout the traditional scene and he is constantly expanding the boundaries of what beats and sounds you can get from one simple drum. He has been involved in many world music collaborative projects with musicians varying from Tim O’Brien, Kate Rusby and Dan Tyminski to Zakir Hussain.


" say John Joe Kelly plays the bodhran, is like saying Mount Everest is a bit of a climb"

- Paul Saunders,

Music Festival, March '99

"…John Joe Kelly is everyones' choice for best bodhran player"

- Chicago Irish American News

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