John Kelly
John Kelly
Apart from presenting 'The View', John Kelly also presents 'The John Kelly Ensemble' on RTÉ lyric fm.

After a degree in law at Queen's University, John joined the BBC and went on to win two EMA awards and the prestigious Sony Award for his various music, arts and documentary radio and television programmes with the BBC, UTV and Channel 4.

After 12 long years of all that, he moved to Dublin to present the groundbreaking 'Eclectic Ballroom' on what was then called Radio Ireland. He then crossed town to present RTÉ's 'Mystery Train', for which he won the PPI Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year for 2002. In 2006, he joined RTÉ lyric fm to present 'The John Kelly Ensemble'.

Over the years, John has interviewed many leading figures in the music and arts world: Van Morrison, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Seamus Heaney, Nina Simone, Brian Eno, Al Green, Steve Reich, John McGahern, Solomon Burke, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Sam Phillips, U2, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Yoko Ono, Rory Gallagher, BB King, John Berger, Herbie Hancock, Townes Van Zandt, Daniel Lanois, Mose Allison, Philip Glass, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Jimmy Scott, Philip Lynott, Randy Newman and many more.

John has written several books including 'The Little Hammer' and 'Sophisticated Boom Boom' - a book about music - both published by Jonathan Cape. He recently co-wrote half-a-dozen tracks on Paul Brady's latest CD, 'Say What You Feel'.

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