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Friars Heroes Hall of Fame

Jonathan Kelly
Inducted in October 2009

Jonathan's infectious brand of folksy music proved very popular with the Friars patrons and was always welcome, playing Friars Aylesbury no less than six times, three of which were headlining performances. But did you know that Jonathan just before his first appearance at Aylesbury had played Friars Watford supporting the legendary Kinks? Did you also know that Jonathan additionally headlined Friars Dunstable in 1973 (with an unknown Joan Armatrading as support)? In the early seventies, Jonathan's gigs were based on the classic albums Twice Around The Houses and Wait Til They Change The Backdrop and these feature classics such as Madeleine and Sligo Fair, which have been blasted out regularly of late at Friars Towers. Jonathan effectively retired from the music business in 1975 but after a 30 year hiatus was persuaded to play again and still plays the occasional gig. A quiet and unassuming man, step forward out of the shadows.....Jonathan Kelly, Friars Hero.

Jonathan Kelly accepting the Friars Heroes Award in Wales, October 2009

Picture: Greg Ledingham

Jonathan's history at Friars

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