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Willie Kelly

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Willie Kelly is an experienced freelance music professional –Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer, Festival Producer and Live Booking Agent.

Co-producer and lead programmer at Sligo Live Festival, he has worked with artists such as Robert Plant, Jools Holland,Imelda May, Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats, Indigo Girls, The Coronas, John Bishop, Dara O Briain, Willie Watson, Rhiannon Giddens and many more. Also, a live booking agent at Midnight Mango UK, Willie represents several international touring artists in the Country, Folk and Americana sphere, including Thomas Gabriel, IV and The Strange Band, Julian Taylor and Josh Okeefe.

Willie, is also a recording and touring artist, most recently and notably with Irish band Rackhouse Pilfer. When has toured Ireland, UK and Europe extensively, performing at Glastonbury, C2C London, Body & Soul Ireland, Country Piknik Poland, La Roche Bluegrass France.

Rackhouse Pilfer were awarded Hot Press Magazine ‘Best Trad/Folk Band’ 2015 and Hot Press Magazine ‘Live Band Of The Year’ 2014. They were invited to perform for Irish President, Michael D Higgins, during a private party at the President’s residence Aras An Uachtarain in 2014. They independently sold 20,000+ Albums and have 500,000+ streams combined across platforms such as YouTube and Spotify, where Willie had 11 songwriting credits across 2 original Rackhouse Pilfer albums. With Rackhouse, Willie has worked alongside world renowned producers Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Erasure, Grizzly Bear), Brad Jones (Steve Earle, Josh Rouse, Bobby Bare Jr.) and with Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Paul McCartney, Ryan Adams) on Sir. Tom Jones 2015 album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’, where Rackhouse Pilfer were invited to be the session band on two tracks,including ‘Honey, Honey’ the lead single and duet with Imelda May.

Most recently, Willie has Co-Produced Sandy Kelly’s forthcoming album ‘Leaving It All Behind’ with five time Grammy winning producer John Carter Cash (Loretta Lynn, Chris Cornell, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, John Prine, and his mother and father June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash), working at The Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Where Willie also worked on his 2007 solo album ‘In The Unlikely Event Of Fire, produced by John Cater Cash and Jim Reilley.

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