Veteran local musician Terry Kelly tells Fiona O’Brien why he put his savings into a CD
Terrance Kelly is thrilled to have finished recording his debut album This Old Heart. The Dublin-born singer-songwriter has been involved with music for as long as he can remember, but has finally realised a long-awaited potential in committing to studio time and making a record.
“I’m very lucky to have always been able to rely on music and performing to make a livelihood, that’s not always the way,” he says.
“But I also love writing music, and when you are being paid to perform in pubs an clubs people want to hear all their old favourites, the well known classics.”
The easy-listening fan, who counts The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and Gilbert O’Sullivan amongst his influences, has come up with a five-track record, which is more epic then the description hints at.
Each song is at least five minutes long, and although the album has a distinct theme running through it, there is a definite change in mood from track to track. The title song This Old Heart is, according to Terence, ‘slightly autobiographical’, and tells the story of a lost love. The next track Flowers Will Bloom Again takes on a more Mediterranean feel while Midnight Bloom opens with the soothing sounds of the ocean.
“When I write it is the lyrics that come to me first. I believe music should be about telling stories and that’s why my songs tend to be a good bit longer than the three minutes or so you are used to hearing on the radio.
“I feel that if it is a good enough story it needs to be told in its entirety, and so, it can’t be restricted or confined to a certain allotted space of time.
“It would be like me telling you a story and stopping halfway through it!” Although Terence is not a trad musician per se, he is keen to make sure his Irish roots are reflected in the sound of his music.
“I do genuinely hope that there is that Irish element to it, that it might not be as explicit but it’s there as a hint.
“I am predominantly easy listening, but my music takes influences from all angles.
“I grew up within a musical family. “My father would sing Sean Nos all the time and my mother would sing around the house.
“I have very fond memories of us children sat around him as he sang at family gatherings, and I suppose that’s where it came from.”
Since signing his record deal, Terence has made it clear that he isn’t giving up his day job but has built a home studio in his house so he can continue making music.