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Elizabeth Kelly’s


Elizabeth Kelly’s (Jig)


Elizabeth Kelly (1888 – 1964) (neé Keane) was John’s Mother. Elizabeth was from a musical family and she herself was a concertina player. It was through her side of the family that John got the music. We know from John’s personal documents that most people called his mother Eliza.

Breandán Breathnach collected this tune from John and is it listed as Number 56 in “Ceol Rince na hÉireann”, 1963, page 25. The notes of the book state:

“Óna mháthair fuair an Ceallach iad seo: óna máthair fuair sise iad. Ba uathu a hainmníodh iad.”

“John Kelly senior got these tunes from his mother, who got them from her mother. They named the tunes.”

This tune is sometimes known as “The Humours Of Kiltyclogher“. However the name should be Kilclogher as that is the name of the townland where he was from.

Credit: Family photo of Elizabeth Kelly (née Keane) & Michael Kelly

Credit: Photo of John’s copy of Ceol Rince where he writes “My Mother” above the tune.


John Kelly playing Elizabeth Kelly's on the fiddle

Details: Date: 1968. Location: Cultúrlann na hÉireann. Collector: Séamus MacMathúna.

Credit: © Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Séamus MacMathúna Sound Collection Link.


Notated from the above audio.


Elizabeth Kelly’s