A MUSICIAN described by Disability Arts Cymru as ‘a legend’ will be one of the stars of this weekend’s Tredegar House Folk Festival.
John Kelly, who limited the use of his hands and co-created a guitar to help those with limited hand use, will perform on the main stage at the Newport Festival on Friday evening May 6.
“When the audience sees me on stage with the band, they don’t know what to expect,” Mr. Kelly said.
“My job is just to put on a great show and sometimes I change a few disability myths as well.”
Mr Kelly performed on the international stage and wowed millions when he performed at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
his guitar, the ‘Kellycaster‘, was developed with computer coder Charles Matthews of Drake Music – an organization focused on accessible music technology – and is hooked up to a keyboard and a computer.
This allows him to strum the strings with one hand, using the other to press keys on the keyboard and change chords.
A Disability Arts Cymru spokesperson said:
“John Kelly is an inspiring and delighting disability arts legend, a superb performer who really should not be missed.
“He broke down barriers to an astonishing level of excellence and his humor, grit and determination shine through every performance.”
Mr Kelly will perform songs from his forthcoming album at the Tredegar House Folk Festival, appearing on the same program as Welsh indie juggernauts Calan, The Trials of Cato and Texas Americana star Rebecca Loebe.
The Tredegar House folk festival has been suspended – due to closures in Wales – after its 30th anniversary in 2019.
He will be back in full force, taking over Tredegar House, Newport, from Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8.
Other artists will include Show Of Hands, Rusty Shackle, Fara, Boo Hewerdine and many more – find out more about the lineup here.
The festivities of this family event will include dancing, live music, workshops, masterclasses and more.
For more information and tickets, visit www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk