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            Lee Kelly, also known as Leo Joseph Kelly, hence ljkmusic, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at the age of one, and with the assistance of his parents, Marygrace and Leo P. Kelly, moved to Drexel Hill, Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, PA. Lee was second born in a family of five children.  At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Monsignor Bonner High School, Lee left Pennsylvania for the northern hills of Alabama and Saint Bernard College where he majored in Secondary Education with a teaching major in English and a teaching minor in Theology. 
            After graduating from college Lee taught school in Hamilton and Putnam Counties, spent time in retail management, power plant operating and yacht construction, and then moved on to retirement.
            Lee grew up listening to AM top forty music (FM wasn't in use at the time), mom's records, mostly big band music, and dad's favorite songs.   
          While in college Lee interacted with other musicians, began playing guitar and singing and started performing in public in a little coffee house which occupied an old jail house in Cullman, Alabama. 
           Lee began teaching school in Jasper, Florida in the fall of 1970, and attended his first Florida Folk Festival in White Springs in the spring of 1971.  Highly affected by the purity and sound of traditional music,  Lee directed his musical energy toward Appalachian, Americana, and  Irish folk music, and soon after auditioned and was accepted to perform at the Florida Folk Festival.  This opened the door for great friendships and participation at folk gatherings throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.
            At the Florida Folk Festival Lee became friends with Jean and Lee Schilling from Cosby, Tennessee, two fine traditional Appalachian folk singers, and along with many other talented people helped establish The Folk Life Center of the Smokies located in Cosby, TN. Over the past few years Lee has become an active musician in and around Palatka and at times, Gainesville, Florida.           
            Lee's musical influences include Stephen Foster,  The Clancy Brothers, John Prine, Leon Redbone, Kris Kristopherson, The Carter Family, Sparky Rucker, Pete Seeger, Mike and Peggy Seeger, Heddy Ledbetter, Jim Faugno, Don Eberlin, Bobby MacMillan, Nick Hallman, Mississippi John Hurt, Huddy Ledbetter, Jean and Lee Schilling, Otis Redding, John McCutchen, Ernie Williams, Hank Williams (Sr.) and Jimmy Buffet.
            Lee's performances include relationship songs--not necessarily love songs, and will take you from traditional Irish, British and American folk songs through sixties folk-rock and on to some current folk music.  He encourages audience participation and enjoys jams with other musicians.
            Lee has recently released his first album, a cd entitled “Jug O' Punch” with the help of recording engineer Tom Buskirk of Garden Recording Studio in Interlachen, Florida.  This album is a compilation of twelve Appalachian and Irish songs chosen as his favorites from his forty years of performing.
            Lee also produces wind chimes, walking sticks, candle holders, and other items made from bamboo that is grown at his residence.


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