photo-Michael G. Stewart

Michael Kelly





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Michael Kelly - guitar, lead vocal, songwriter
Rob Benzing - banjo
Danny Knicely - mandolin
Mark Schatz - bass
Rickie Simpkins - fiddle, harmony vocals
Jay Summerour - harmonica
Tom Mindte - harmony vocal


Kingfisher – Inspired by an often loud and raucous kingfisher on a river I fish.
California Sky - Isn’t beauty eternal?
28 – 28 years old on May 28, would see him as I drove up the Simpkins’ driveway.
Daffodils - Nothing prettier than a daffodil after a long winter.
Blue Mountain - The wind was rattling windows and memories came a’ knocking …
Keeping Tomorrow Away – Anybody seen my smile?
Cornbread - Does anyone else count hawks on long drives?
Chocktaw Road – A road sign in the country got me daydreaming one day.
Maryland Avenue - The bulldozers finally came but summer memories live on.
Painting & a Pony, a Whale & You & Me - A song for my niece Elle.
Cracker Jack Ring – A song for my wife Ali.
Prosperity - Written in Prosperity, S.C. on the occasion of the total solar eclipse. 


Michael Kelly is a songwriter, a singer and a multi-instrumentalist. He got his start in D.C., first by frequenting the now infamous Gallagher's Pub open mics Uptown where Mary Chapin was a bartender and later opening for national acts such as NRBQ. He took a brief hiatus to spend more time with family, re-emerged and currently performs regularly throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Drawing from both traditional and modern bluegrass, folk, blues and jazz, his music will draw you in and get your foot tapping. He has won numerous songwriting awards, placed in the Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention vocal competition and has recently released his third recording, Kingfisher, on the Patuxent Music label.