Des Kelly

Andy pays tribute to Des Kelly

Well-known showband star Des Kelly has passed away after battling illness for the last number of years.

The Turloughmore native is best known as a founding member of the Capitol Showband but also worked as a music promoter and manager.
Tributes from across the Irish music industry are pouring in this morning for Des, described as a music visionary and a gentleman.
Prior to his illness Des Kelly worked as a music presenter on Galway Bay fm for twenty years, joining the radio station when it opened in 1989.
His warm style of presenting and knowledge of music won him many listeners.

Andy had this to say about the good man:

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Fellow folkie Mick Hanly added his fond memories of Des to Andy’s post:

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Read more on the life of Des Kelly here: CELEBRATING DES KELLY

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Celebrating Des Kelly – the quiet legend of Irish music

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He founded The Capitol Showband that scored a number of firsts for Irish bands at home and abroad. He discovered songwriting legend Phil Coulter, he set visionary trad band Planxty on the road to success, he is Des Kelly.

Des Kelly is a legend in the Irish music industry, and among musicians is extremely highly regarded, so much so that an event in his honour is taking place in Galway next month.

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