Kelly and Woolley’s first album, Papers in my Shoe, was released in June 2015. They sing and play songs and tunes drawn from a variety of styles – but particularly cajun, folk, bluegrass and country. Matt Kelly is based in Bury St Edmunds and Gary Woolley in Cambridge. They have been playing together as a duo for nearly 5 years and perform regularly at various venues in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Matt played in postpunk group Strumpet City in Brighton in the mid-eighties, and with The Lizards, a cajun and blues band in South London in the late 80s. He played in Ti-fer Cajun band in the 1990s with Phil Underwood and Will Sneyd. He also had a brief stint as alto sax player in Raj and the Magitones in the early 90s. He has recorded on various albums, including Tony Hill Inexactness (heavy rock) and Mary Lou Lord’s Baby Blue (Americana). He is currently also playing in Thursday’s Band with Mark Gamon, Lucinda Fudge and Nick Blishen.
Gary started playing the guitar when he was 14 and was initially influenced by 70’s folk music, particularly Nick Drake, John Martyn and Tir Na Nog. He discovered he loved performing when playing in a duo with lifelong friend John Rainer in Leicester. Following a brush with rhythm and blues and prog rock, and a stint living in a shared house where everyone was into Americana, he finally returned to folk music after seeing Dick Gaughan play in Bristol in the 1989 and hearing Nic Jones’s guitar playing. Gary co-ran Salisbury Folk club in the late 80s and was a regular solo performer at the Cambridge folk club and the Mayflower and also played regularly