Paddy Kelly is an Irish/ Scottish singer/entertainer living in a Glengarry county, Ontario Canada.
Born and raised in the Nation’s Capital, Paddy has his father to thank for his love of traditional Celtic music. His dad played with “Jug O’ Punch” and “The Celts” in the 1960s and, years later, Paddy followed in his footsteps. He joined an Ottawa band named “The Descendants” (no relation to the “Irish Descendants”) and fell in love with Glengarry when the group played gigs in Martintown and Alexandria hotels.
Paddy has called Glengarry home since 1982 when he joined a local Scottish group called “The Brigadoons.” To this day, the ensemble continues to perform at highland games and celtic festivals across Canada and the U.S.
In 1998, Paddy also teamed up with another talented musician from Ottawa, Pat Maher, to form “The Two Paddys.” For over 14 years, the duo has delighted audiences up and down the Ottawa Valley and Western Quebec.
While Paddy’s main focus has been “The Brigadoons” and “The Two Paddys,” he often performs with other local musicians, including: Ashley MacLeod, Kelsey McDonell, Bobby Lalonde, Kathy Fraser-Collins and many more. His extensive knowledge of the Glengarry music scene allows him to assemble the perfect mix of performers for any occasion.
Paddy, in addition to being an accomplished singer/ songwriter, also plays fiddle, guitar, bodhran and, on occasion, penny whistle. For his many contributions to the local Scottish music community, Paddy was honoured in 2007 with induction into Glengarry’s Celtic Music Hall of Fame.