Arts & Music Broadcaster on RTÉ
For many years John has been at the forefront of music and arts broadcasting in Ireland. Having presented The View on RTÉ television for 12 seasons, and assorted programmes for BBC NI before that, he now fronts The Works Presents.
Known for his wide-ranging knowledge of music he has also presented some of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed music programmes on the Irish airwaves.From his shows on the BBC to the legendary Eclectic Ballroom on Today FM and the award winning Mystery Train on RTÉ1, he has always put the music first. In recent years he has presented the John Kelly Ensemble on RTÉ Lyric FM and Radio Clash on RTÉ Digital Radio 2XM. In September 2017 Mystery Train returned to RTE radio after an absence of eleven years.
Writing & More
John has written extensively for publications including The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Tribune and, as an author, has published two novels with the prestigious publishing house Jonathan Cape – The Little Hammer and Sophisticated Boom Boom. Another novel From Out of the City from US publishers Dalkey Archive was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards in 2014. Notions – a debut poetry collection – was published by Dedalus Press in 2018. A radio play The Pipes was broadcast on RTE.
A frequent and authoritative public speaker, John excels as a host and public interviewer, and has presented prestigious events at The Kennedy Center in Washington, the Guggenheim in New York, the Barbican in London, the Royal Festival Hall, The National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Abbey Theatre.