“Balm for the Soul” ****
Matt Snow, Q Magazine
Introducing Glovebox Records ….
This new label is launching with a Special Edition 2CD digipak release, ‘NOT SLEEPING’ bringing to the wider music pubic both of Niall Kelly’s self-released band albums (‘Not Sleeping’ and ‘Hand In Fire’) comprising 24 self- penned songs revealing this affable Northern Irishman to be a songwriter of focus and expression, channelling Celtic warmth wrapped in melodic dexterity and lyrical perception.
Niall surrounded himself with the finest musicians from London’s blues and roots scene and kept takes to a minimum, catching the lightning in the bottle that is the perfect live-in-the-studio performance.
Guesting on three tracks is legendary pedal-steel player, BJ Cole (acclaimed for his work with REM and Sir Elton John among others). Collaborating in recent times with Niall are the talents of Matt Holland (Van Morrison band) and Martin Winning (Roger Daltrey band).
Niall moved to London in 2002, specifically to follow his dreams of making music as a living, and immersion in the city’s Blues scene helped him establish a valued reputation in the industry.
His music is a Celtic/Country/Folk/Blues fusion, offering huge cross-over appeal and securing bookings at 2018 festivals, ranging from Colne Great British R&B Festival to the Stroud Folk Festival.
In 2017, Niall and his band supported The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on a sold out national Irish tour, something of a homecoming for this son of Derry who had moved across the water.
As a ‘Jam Host’ at ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues’ Niall has associated with many talented musicians, including Ian Siegal, Geraint Watkins and Carmen Vanderberg.
Says Niall of the experience: “I kinda met everyone at the blues jams – Oliver Darling, Imelda May’s guitarist was there and, through Geraint I also got to play with sax player, Martin Winning, who’s played with everyone from Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey to BB King, Dana Gillespie and Chris Farlowe. Joe Glossop, the keyboard player, a great soul and blues player and part of the jam scene, doing Dr.John songs brilliantly; he now works for Sir Tom Jones!”