Irish Heart at Rathenower Optikpark Open Air

Rathenow. In July 2018, Angelo Kelly & Family made a successful guest appearance for the first time at Optikpark. Thanks to the tour “Irish Summer”, a descendant of the Kelly Family musical, who has been producing music from his Irish homeland with his family since 2012, and also gives live concerts, in parallel with his solo career (2006), wanted to return to Optikpark in July 2020. come .

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The crown pandemic caused the concert to be postponed twice to 2022. In the meantime, after the album “Irish Heart” (2018), another album “Coming Home” (2020) was released with songs that they composed themselves and Irish traditions. About 1,400 fans from near and far celebrated the summer evening with a lot of atmosphere and Irish music at the Mühlenhof.

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Angelo Kelly with fans.

“Thanks to everyone who kept their tickets from 2020 and supported us artists during the Corona pandemic. As many live shows have been discontinued in the last two years, we are playing some songs today that we can now play live for the first time, ”Angelo Kelly greeted fans. Also among them were longtime and loyal West German fans such as Carina Weiher and Anja Dietrichs from Dortmund, the city where The Kelly Family started their big hall concerts in 1994 after decades as street musicians.

Angelo Kelly (left) shows an Irish heart with a hat.

Angelo Kelly (left) shows an Irish heart with a hat.

“We’ve been fans of Kelly Family since 1994 and now Angelo Kelly & Family too. We were at a concert in Magdeburg yesterday and tomorrow we are going to a concert in Greifswald, ”said friends who bought tickets for the first row in 2019 and were looking forward to the concert in three years. “I was still too young for the first indoor concert in Dortmund in 1994. But in 1995, I went with my mom to my first Kelly Family concert. Besides Angelo, I also like Michael Patrick (“Paddy”) as a solo artist, ”says Anja Dietrichs.

The guests were already fans of the Kelly family

Many of the guests were already fans of the Kelly family. Like Jenny Bost from Berlin. She “passed on” her taste in music to her nine-year-old daughter who grew up listening to the music of the Kellys. “I like to listen to Angelo and his family, but also to the Kelly family’s songs,” says Lara. Some viewers still remembered the Kelly family’s first performance as street musicians in Rathenow. “The Kellys were so young then,” recalls Petra Kraatz.

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Already at the concert with my mother

“When I was six, Kellys performed for free at Märkisches Platz in late 1993 and took me to the stage. It was a great experience. Since then, I’ve always been a fan of the Kelly Family and musicians, ”says Caroline Brunow, who was with her mother at the concert. “In 2019, we attended one of the Kelly Family comeback concerts in Berlin through contact with a musician from the band we know and we were able to meet the musicians after the concert.”

After the concert, Angelo Kell devoted a lot of time to his fans.

After the concert, Angelo Kell devoted a lot of time to his fans.

Angelo Kelly appeared on the Mühlenhof stage with his wife Kira and their children Gabriel (21), Helen (19), Emma (16), Joseph (11) and William (6) and an ensemble of six musicians, instruments such as violins, Irish flutes and Irish mandolin. Gabriel opened the concert with a song.

Songs with solo lead vocals

Family members also sang songs with solo solo vocals, such as the youngest William, singing the classics “West Virginia” and “Oh Danny Boy” that Angelo sang as a young child, and various duets such as Gabriel with his mother called “Let’s go.” After half an hour, William had to leave the stage due to his age. Angelo Kelly & Family performed songs from the last two successful Irish song albums as well as the song “Mary, Did You Know” from the Irish Christmas album and the new single “The Irish Girl”.

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Angelo with solo percussion

Thanks to traditions such as “Whiskey in the Jar”, the band, as well as Angelo with a drum solo, created a lot of atmosphere among the fans who also showed that they are confident in the lyrics of many songs. During the 20-minute break, fans “besieged” the merchandise stand and the concert ended after two hours.

Not without an encore

But not without an encore: to the traditional Wild Rover, Angelo Kelly rocked onstage with his family – and the audience in their seats. “I clearly heard some of them were singing the German lyrics” An der Nordseekueste “. Then we’ll sing the chorus again along with the German lyrics, “says Angelo Kelly, who himself sang Kelly Family’s song” I Can’t Help Myself “on stage with an acoustic guitar that he sang when he was 13. The song was number 1 on the charts in about ten countries 25 years ago.

Signed albums and cards with autographs

After the concert, around 100 fans chanted “An der Nordseekueste”, “An Angel” and “Angelo, Angelo” and “Wir will’n den Angelo!” Angelo Kelly backstage again. Angelo took almost an hour to get a photo with all the fans and then signed several albums and autographed cards. These happy fans included Carina Weiher from Dortmund and Anja Dietrichs with five other loyal West German fans. For a family photo of Pauline Busch with Anton (10), Pia (9) and Ena (3), Angelo also wore an Irish leprechaun hat, which he had brought with him.

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Author: Uwe Hoffman

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