Templemore native Dermot Kelly has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Christy Hennessy Song Contest, which this year is being held in Tralee on Saturday Nov 17th.
Dermot’s song is about the sad life of a friend Patrick Tierney, poet, singer and playwright. Pat wrote a harrowing account of his life in a book “The Moon On My Back” and Dermot decided to honour Pat with a song titled “The Moon On His Back”, which he recorded and submitted to IMRO.
One of the most accomplished guitarists, Dermot has been involved in the music business his entire life. Having grown up and played with his band, Manna South in Templemore, he then ventured further afield and spent many years touring America, Germany and Scandinavia working independently and for Scandinavia’s most established music agency, Blackwater Music.
His dream was to one day open a great traditional music venue where quality musicians and bands could display their talent. He turned his dream into a reality in recent years in the Canary Islands with his traditional Irish bar, Macgowans. Performing here nightly, he perfected his humorous interaction with audiences, while accompanying many great musicians who visited, including Matt Molloy from the chieftains on several occasions.
Now back in Ireland, Dermot performs regularly and is well known as a fantastic guitarist and singer, and by also incorporating comedy into his act is making quite a name for himself. With 25 years experience in entertainment, from playing at small private parties to performing on stage at major festivals, Dermot is well able to keep any type of audience more than satisfied.