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Jonathan Kelly Digital Downloads

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Kelly's four RCA albums originally released in the early to mid 1970s are about to be released for the first time as digital downloads. 

Jonathan's manager Gerald Sables has informed Northern Sky of the releases, which include:

Jonathan Ledingham was born in Ireland in 1947 and became a very popular singer songwriter in Ireland before moving to the UK where under the management of Colin and Joanne Petersen he changed his name to Kelly and became a very popular act, especially in the folk clubs of the early 1970's. His concerts were legendary and he stole the 1970 Cambridge Folk Festival after filling in whilst there was a PA problem. His released five albums, the most famous being the 1972 release TWICE AROUND THE HOUSE also included his most famous song The Ballad of Cursed Anna, which is still being sung in folk clubs around the world to this day. Jonathan retired from recording and performing in the late 1970s but came out of retirement in the early 2000s to perform a short UK tour in order to thank his many fans for their support. Sadly in the past few years he has suffered from Dementia and this is now at an advanced stage.

Gerald says "It is with great pleasure that I can announce that as from 11th January all four of Jonathan Kelly's RCA albums, will be available as digital downloads. Jonathan recorded five albums, none of them have ever been available as digital downloads before. The first album on the Parlophone label only had a limited CD release in Japan and his four RCA albums were only available on CD via BGO records, who deleted the last two albums from their catalogue a few years ago. Bootleg versions of these albums have been appearing on ebay depriving Jonathan of much needed income. For this reason I increased my efforts to get these albums available as digital downloads. I have to thank Oli at Sony records for finally making this possible."

Further to the release of these downloads Gerald seeks assistance for a proposed benefit concert. "Jonathan made little from his career, he does not even own his own home and has little savings. I would like to see that he and his family get the best care possible in the future and to this end I thought it would be nice if a benefit concert and a possible tribute concert could be organised. Unfortunately I also suffer from a chronic health condition and am therefore unable to organise these and I've been looking to find a person who has the relevant skills and experience and who is willing to take such projects on. In the past people with the relevant skills have offered their help, but unfortunately since the Jonathan Kelly mailing list was started in 2004 almost 75% of the emails have changed and it is no longer possible for me to contact these people, so if they are reading this, perhaps they could get in touch with their updated details. If there is anybody who would like to volunteer to take on these projects please can they contact me. I have several artists who are willing to participate if only I can find somebody to oversee the project."

Gerald can be reached through the Jonathan Kelly website or on facebook