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Robin Kelly Biography

“Each song has a different flavour, a different life. By the time a song is recorded it has already grown and changed. It
then matures and transforms each time it is performed. Sometimes it is put away for years in suspended animation.
Robin has written songs all his life. However, in the early nineties they came through in a flurry, and he wandered into a
studio in Mount Eden, Auckland and did his best to convince the owner to help him with a couple of demos. In 1998,
he released his first album ‘Black Ice’ gaining national radio airplay, and a live spot on television New Zealand
performing ‘Empty Sack of Dreams.’

Since then three albums have followed; all have been critically acclaimed. In 2003 he was Artist of the Week at New
Zealand’s premier radio station 1ZB. Shimmer was first released in 2007 in New Zealand, and this year in the USA,
where it has been nominated for 2010 Album of the Year by Indie Music Digest.

Robin’s other life is as a writer and presenter. In his presentations, sometimes he just talks, sometimes he just sings,
sometimes both. In the evening, he just sings. In 2009, his presentation The Human Hologram was a highlight of New
Zealand's first TEDx. His second book won best science book at the 2008 USA Best Books
Awards. He is a frequent radio and TV guest in New Zealand and the US, including an interview with George Noory on
Coast to Coast in December 2009.

When he is not performing, he is known to work from home as a doctor.
Robin Kelly
Discography Albums:  Black Ice (1998) - Silk & Knives (2002) - Shimmer (2007 NZ 2010 US) - Something Magical (2010)
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Instrumentation: Robin Kelly: Vocals guitars harmonica - Rob Galley: Guitars - Mike McCarthy: Keyboards, percussion
Review from Gary Allen
Black Ice Review  

Interesting. Weird. Haunting. Specifically, I'm no...
Interesting. Weird. Haunting. Specifically, I'm not sure how to describe this one! I haven't heard much like it, so it's hard to compare. I could compare Robin Kelly to
himself, but where would that get us?

I love Robin's voice. It's rather a counter-tenor, much like 2 people: and I can't remember either of their names. Great review, huh? One's a big black guy with a high
voice. The other's the lead singer in a popular 80s band, with a high, odd voice. But RK has a clean sound, soft stuff that's great in headphones. For instance, 'Black
Ice' is a good traveling song with simple acoustic guitar and bass in the foreground, and a jazzy electric guitar way in the back putting on a show.

The song that sticks with me most is 'Sarsen Stone'. Possibly because it is one of the Strangest sounding things I've heard yet. I don't mean it's experimental. But just
the sound of the high sleepy voice along with that mandolin which creeps underneath. Spooky. World music right out of New Zealand. If this is the norm for NZ, I
wanna go.

While 'Crying Shame' is much like the black/blueness of the 80s sound I almost mentioned above. Listen to this at 1 am or after. It is essential you do this to soak in all
of the mystery and creepiness that invigorates this unknown classic. Well, classic might be strong, but it's a song that will stick to your shadow.

I'm still not sure what genre to say, unless 80s-pop-folk. But that's not really right. I'm afraid this is 1 occasion where you can't take my words for it, you've just got to
listen to Robin, who is Well worth the trial. Good acoustic performances. A strangely rich darkness that amazingly Never makes you depressed. How is this possible?
How can he get AWAY with it?? I don't know.

Muses's Muse. Ben Ohmart

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