Kelly and Woolley – About us.
Kelly and Woolley are an acoustic duo who hail from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. We sing songs and play tunes from a wide variety of styles, but particularly cajun, folk, bluegrass and country. We have been playing together as a duo for five years and perform regularly in venues across the region.
Matt is a multi instrumentalist and plays in a number of orchestras as well as Thursday’s Band with Mark Gamon, Lucinda fudge and Nick Blishen . Matt played in postpunk group Strumpet City in Brighton in the mid-eighties, and with The Lizards, a cajun and blues band in South London. He played in Ti-fer cajun band in the 90’s with Phil Underwood and Will Sneyd. He also had a brief stint as alto sax player in Raj and the Magitones.
Gary started playing the guitar and singing songs at the age of 14. His early influences were Nick Drake, John Martyn and Tir Na Nog as well as the singer songwriters from the States and Canada. After playing at school in a duo with life long friend John Rainer there were stints fronting rhythm and blues bands and a brush with prog rock. Gary returned to his first love after seeing Dick Gaughan play in the late 80s and discovering the playing of Nic Jones, Pete Morton and Roger Wilson.
Gary co-ran Salisbury Folk Club in the 90s and since moving to Cambridge to work at The Junction in 1994 he played regularly at the Mayflower and Cambridge folk clubs, in the later years with good friend Stephen Greenwood playing fiddle, and occasionally Cath Coombs on Cello.