Michael Kelly


Hard to believe that 2022 is already drawing to a close. I want to thank everyone for your kindness and support this year. I love playing music, I love playing for you and I am blessed to have the chance to. Special thanks to Danny Knicely (dannyknicely.com) and Tom Mindte (pxrec.com) for joining me at shows this year, it is indeed a pleasure to play with such amazing musicians. I am over the moon grateful to the following venues for their support of local music:

Barnhouse Brewery, Leesburg, VA

Black Ankle Vineyards, Mt. Airy, MD

Chincoteague Island Bluegrass Festival, Chincoteague Island, VA

Dirt Farm Brewery, Bluemont, VA

Easton Farm Market, Easton, MD

Elk Run Vineyards, Mt. Airy, MD

Honah Lee Vineyards, Gordonsville, VA

Knights Gambit, Charlottesville, VA

Perigeaux Vineyards, St. Leonard, MD

Two Lions Vineyard, Upper Marlboro, MD

49 West, Annapolis, MD

Please check the website (michaelkellytunes.com) and Facebook (facebook/michaelkellytunes) for upcoming shows and please check out https://michael-kelly.bandcamp.com/ for the new recording Kingfisher featuring Rob Benzing, Danny Knicely, Tom Mindte, Mark Schatz, Rickie Simpkins and Jay Summerour. Peace!

New Recording!

Kingfisher is now out and available on Patuxent Music (pxrec.com) and Bandcamp as well as most if not all of your favorite download/streaming sites. This recording features Rob Benzing on banjo, Danny Knicely on mandolin, Mark Schatz on bass, Rickie Simpkins on fiddle and harmony vocals and old friend Jay Summerour makes an appearance as well. Mixed and engineered by Tom Mindte (who also added harmony vocals on one track), mastered by Mike Monseur and artwork by Michael G. Stewart.

C’mon ’21!

Hope you’re staying safe and life is good! I want to say thanks for supporting the music, for being there, for inspiring me and for trekking out to the shows this year: there aren’t really any words big enough to express my gratitude but let me try – THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

A special thanks to all the venues for their support and especially for their flexibility this past year when we had to reschedule so many shows. I am deeply appreciative of the support for local, live music and look forward to seeing and working with you in 2021.

I have a new recording coming out soon. It’s Christmas Eve as I write this and we start final mixing next week at Tom Mindte’s Patuxent Music studio. I recorded Color Factory there and I love working with Tom. Mark, Danny, Rickie, Robbie and Jay are over the moon talented and it’s been a blast working with them.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Peace!


Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it such a wonderful afternoon! Let’s do it again in October!

Chincoteague Island Bluegrass Festival has been postponed due to Hurricane Laura.

Rescheduled and Cancelled due to Coronavirus QuarantineTh

The 4/3 show at Dirt Farm Brewing has been rescheduled to 8/7/2020.

The 5/9 and 6/13 shows at Perigeaux Vineyards have been cancelled.

The 6/3 show at Chincoteague Island Bluegrass Festival has been rescheduled to 6/27/2020.

The 5/12 show at 49 West has been rescheduled to 8/10/2020.

The 5/15 show at Black Ankle Winery is cancelled.

The 6/27 Chincoteague Bluegrass Festival has been postponed tentatively to 11/21/2020.

The 11/21 date for the Chincoteague Island Bluegrass Festival has now been moved up to 8/29/2020!

8/29 show postponed due to Hurricane Laura, new date TBD.

9/19 show at Easton Farm Market cancelled due to covid-19 related issues.

Stay safe and see you down the road.

Falling Waters

Fantastic workshop in Ithaca with Claire Lynch, Michael Daves, Judy Hyman and Quinn Blanchard among others. Singing, writing, guitar and fiddle … old friends and new. One memorable moment was singing ‘Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky’ with Michael Daves accompanying on his ’39 Gibson J35 in a vocal performance workshop. The staff concert was phenomenal! Tony Trishka, Maddy Witler, Shane Cook, Rick Manning, Bobby Henrie and the aforementioned all tearing it up; so cool!

Summer 2019

This has been one memorable summer for sure. Reached mountain top highs studying and jamming with Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricus, the Ronstadt Brothers, Che Apalache, Chris Luquette, Ken Kolodner and others at Common Ground on the Hill as well as one of the finest workshops on songwriting I’ve ever attended put on by John Hill of 94.7 WPVC with Nashville legend Pat Alger in Crozet, Va. You can find John on Facebook here: 94.7 FM Charlottesville ; he puts on some great concerts. You’ll find Pat Alger’s name on a lot of those country songs you know every word to (Going Gone, Small Town Saturday Night, Once in a Very Blue Moon). Also had the pleasure of learning from Bruce Molsky and Alison DeGroot at the inaugural Baltimore Old Time Festival, two of the finest old time musicians on the planet.

I want to thank the Baltimore Old Time Festival, Barnhouse Brewery, BikeTrAle Brewery, Black Ankle Winery, the Avalon Foundation at Easton Farm Market, Elk Run Winery, Frederick Coffee Co., Goshen Farm, Perigeaux Vineyards and 49 West for their support of local music. I truly enjoy playing these venues and it’s become more and more apparent over the years that they are enjoyable because the folks who run them are wonderful. Looking ahead, I’m excited to be working with the Focus music series for the first time 11/17/2019 in Alexandria, Va. Thanks, love, kisses, back slaps, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, low fives and more gratitude than I can put into words to all who came out to the shows!

And here’s comes autumn!



Bike TrAle

Love this unique new venue in Leesburg, VA. Great patio; firepit going, nice folks and good times!

Baltimore Old Time Festival

What a great event! Workshops with Alison deGroot and Bruce Molsky, an incredible concert and I even got to play a set in the Cabaret Lounge. Thanks to the Kolodners, staff and volunteers for all their hard work and to Creative Alliance for putting it on!