Old Man Kelly in Concert

Old Man Kelly in ConcertFriday, October 13, Trent River Coffee Company

Saturday, October14, Joslyn Hall

The sound of Old Man Kelly comes broadly from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons: when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night; when being an American troubadour was a trade. Since the 20013 release of Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans, Old Man Kelly has gigged relentlessly, bringing his vintage sound to over 300 swing dances, festivals and honky-tonks throughout the central Appalachian mountains.

The 2016 release of Off My Lawn is the recorded product of brazenly original and yet familiar-sounding tunes. Check out “Exitville” and “Milk Cow Blues” to get the feel of Old Man Kelly. As a one-man-band, expect a couple of guitars, a banjo or two and an arsenal of harmonicas and a whole lotta sound.

For more information, call 252-646-4657 or visit Down East Folk Arts Festival’s website.

Submitted by: Evelyn Richards, Down East Folk Arts Festival