Edinburgh Popfest
May 2, 2016 - OH NO! IT’S THE FIVE-OH!

In February 2012, a wee album by Phil Reynolds and the Dearly Departed was released by a new label called Small Bear Records (them – up there at the top of the page. The ones with the balloons). We had no idea where we were going with this (still don’t), but for those of you who would prefer the tr;dl version, we’ve just reached our 50th release.

Yep. 50. We’ve worked with people from all around the world (and Wigan), many of whom have become firm friends. It’s been a ride. And we’re not finished yet. We’ve got some corkers coming up this year…

But back to our 50th: We’ve known Matt Kelly since he was about 12. In that time, he’s become a truly amazing guitarist and mandolininininist, working mainly instrumentally in folky circles (playing both on the Isle of Man and at Interceltic festivals all over the Celtic world). Recently, though, he started writing and singing songs; warm-hearted slice-of-life vignettes about the places he’s been and people he’s observed. We’re so chuffed that, of all the people we know, it’s Matt’s debut album as a songwriter which has become this landmark release for us (the lovely artwork was done by the rather smashing Alice Quayle, in case you were asking, which you very much should have been). ¬†There’s a live video for “Ralph Lauren Loves Karen Millen“, the album’s opener on our Youtube channel, here, recorded in the living room at Small Bear House.

So, here it is Рavailable, as per, in The BearshopThe Matt Kelly Half Hour 

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