In 2006 Bill teamed up with Lincoln Schleifer to record his current cd Bread On The Waters, to increasing critical acclaim. Buddy Miller says “It’s a beautiful record of great songs that won’t let go” Others say “Not only Sraphima a great song, it’s a great record and real Amreicana music” Robert K Oermann “Yelling at you in My Head is the most original idea for a song to along in a decade. It’s the obverse to “It Never Entered My Mind” John Beebe. “Bill Kelly has the voice and pen of a true artist with a great sense of melody” Larry Campbell. “the songs simply sparkle and radiate with warmth, and the performances and arrangements are the epitome of tastefulness throughout. “ John Hinshelwood Americana-UK
Born in a small town in northern N.J.1959, Bill Kelly, one of six, began his training on the stage at the age of 9. Cast as “Boy” in Stop the World I Want to Get Off, then working the following year with Broadway actress / director Billie Burr as Cecario in Fannie. By 12 Bill was playing guitar and singing with Tom Gimbel (Jon Butcher, Aerosmith, Foreigner) in their first independent music project, Cyrus McCormick.
As a kid, Bill cleaned dog kennel’s, washed dishes and cleaned toilets at St. Mary’s Abbey until his escape to San Francisco via Houston, Texas.
In 1978 Bill began the study of Yoga with the Master Walt Baptiste, spending the next 7 years working at the Baptiste Health and Spiritual Centers in San Francisco and El Salvador, Central America. His many duties there included washing dishes and cleaning toilets, waiter and chef at the famed Hungry Mouth restaurant, Bass player in Magaña Baptiste Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, yoga teacher, personal trainer and carpenter.
In 1984 Bill was invited to join The National Theater of the Deranged, where he provided music for storied comedy improv group.
In 86, Bill moved to New Jersey and started the band House of Cards with Niles Terrat. Working every dump there was within 100 miles. It was an amazing band that only a relatively few people got see, which rotated members like Howie Wyeth, John Ginty, George Receli, Mike Esposito. They recorded the indepenadant Luck of the Irish with Bill posing behind bars. Songs from the record were featured in CBS’s Northern Exposure, Ken Russell’s film, Whore and an AT&T promo for something called the internet.
In 1991, Bill created and hosted the cutting edge “Radio Free Yoga for two years. Teaching yoga classes live on the air, and hosting spiritual teachers from around the world.
In 1997 Bill recorded the record Jumbo, and began raising his son with his wife Ellen.
It’s a great sounding record.
In 2000, Bill began playing mandola with Michael Parrish and formed the duo Folkfoot which was described as a cross between the Louvin Brothers and The Glimmer Twins. There cd Dos Hombres featured the song It Must Stink which was placed in the documentary Super Size Me, which is deliciously juxtaposed to the Euro dance track version of Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman he sang for a Cipriani cd compilation produced by Greg Cohen and DJ Yacine.
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