Everyone is Music
Ep 15 John Kelly
Great to be back this week with another wonderful interview.
This week I am talking with John Kelly. John is a musician, singer, actor, activist and much more besides.
I first met John at The Orpheus Centre, Richard Stilgoe's residential creative hub for young adults with disabilities.
John was program coordinator and I was running music technology sessions in the main.
John has had an amazing career to date, working as a youth worker, music educator, actor - John toured the Ian Dury show "Reasons to be cheerful" in the Dury role.
John made a surprise appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, singing the sometime controversial "Spasticus Autisticus", Dury's banned anthem to equality.
John talks passionately about the Social Model of Disability as opposed to the Medical Model. Some fascinating insights come from this including John's childhood exposure to Music Therapy as his only access to music.
John talks about his role in shaping the National Plan for Music with a greater emphasis on both technology and mixed inclusive approaches.
We talk about the development of the "Kellycaster", John's bespoke guitar/software system that was developed with Drake Music.
John talks about wanting to address the expectations of disabled people in education and greater diversity.
John has an album out soon and his new single, 'Which side are you on?' is out now, is challenging, beautiful and you really should listen and download!
"Which side are you on?" - John's new single