Nashville’s Irene Kelley Performs in Phoenicia Sat. June 30

A few words about Irene Kelley:

“For years Irene Kelley has been one of the best kept secrets in Nashville, weaving her magic into song after song for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Pure Prairie League, the Osborne Brothers and others.” – Bluegrass Today

“Irene is nothing like much of what we hear, and something like most of what we seek. Her voice has a break to it, and in that break I hear truth and love and the places where truth and love come to fragile reconciliation.” – Peter Cooper,  senior music writer at The Tennessean in Nashville for years, and Grammy nominated Singer Songwriter and Producer.

“Appalachian angels still walk among us” – Nashville Scene

A few words on Irene’s most recent release, 2016’s These Hills

“The best album of the year has to be ‘These Hills.’ So good and so classy in every way, it rivals Alison Krauss at her very best. I’m so glad Irene Kelley’s grass is blue.” Country Music People

Kelly possesses a nearly flawless, archetypal contemporary bluegrass voice that would also work smashingly in Americana, country, or folk… This (These Hills) is a truly lovely album that demands repeated listening, like the six consecutive times I did. It may well be the finest contemporary bluegrass release of the year. – Bluegrass Unlimited

“This is a record (These Hills) that is so enormously pleasing on so many levels. As a vocalist, Irene Kelley glows with beauty and expressiveness. As a songwriter, she shines with a luster that few of her peers can match. This is music to cleanse the soul. This is music to raise you up. This is music to touch your heart.” – Music Row Magazine

Irene Kelley will be accompanied by Matt Menefee on banjo and mandolin. Matt Menefee is one of the premier banjo virtuosos and innovators of our time. At age 17, never having competed before, Matt won both the Texas State and the National Banjo Championships. He went on to co-found the influential progressive bluegrass band Cadillac Sky.

The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York. Tickets are $17 at the door or $15 with an advance RSVP. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests.

Seats can be reserved by emailing us at or by calling Flying Cat Music at 845-688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5:00 p.m.on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability. Advance seats can only be guaranteed until 7:20 p.m. so please arrive early to claim them.

Irene Kelley Website

Irene Kelley Performing “Feels Like Home”

Full Press Release for This Show