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Sunday 27th July
Damien Kelly (guitar)
Tickets €10 available at door

Dublin based guitarist Damien Kelly began his guitar studies with Marion Hyland at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from a very young age. He completed a BA in Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2009 and an MMus in performance in 2010 under Dr. John Feeley at the DIT Conservatory of Music. In September 2014 he will begin post masters studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Mark Delpriora after being awarded a scholarship by the college.

He has won numerous awards at festivals including all the major competitions at the Feis Ceoil. He has also won numerous awards and scholarships from the Royal Irish
Academy of Music in both guitar and piano. Damien has given solo recitals around the country and has also performed regularly as a chamber musician. In 2005 he performed in Emmanuel College, Cambridge and recently performed as part of an Irish showcase at the Irish Embassy in London in 2014. He has also performed at master classes given by Fabio Zanon, Manuel Barruecco, David Russell, Berta Rojas and the LA Guitar Quartet. In 2008 he played support to James Galway in the National Concert Hall as part of the RIAM’s platform series. Damien currently teaches at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Kilternan School of Music, Newpark Music Centre and also on the Community Music Diploma at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His debut EP ‘Jolt’ in collaboration with Irish composer Ciaran Farrell, went to number one on the iTunes classical charts in 2011. In 2012 he released a full album ‘New Frontiers’ under the same collaboration which frequently gets played on radio.

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