Allan J. Kelly

Pedal Steel Guitarist

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The Late James Hitchen, Nonc Jacques

James Hitchen "Nonc Jacques" 1937-2010
The Original Bon Temps Playboy

April 2016

Looking forward to joining Don Gallardo on tour later this month.

March 2016

Wedneday 30th
The Rosellys played the fabulous Gramaphone Armageddon at The Convent, Stroud, streamed live to the internet via
The Convent Gramaphone Armageddon 3

The Rosellys have announced their upcoming Spring Tour
The Rosellys Spring Tour 2016

February 2016

Friday 5th
I had the pleasure to play steel for Cale Tyson at a recording BBC Radio4 Loose Ends due to be broadcast on Saturday 6th February Cale Tyson on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends

Wednesday 3rd
What a hoot to play with Cale Tyson at the AMAUK 2016 Awards at St Johns Hackney
Cale Tyson at tha AMAUK Awards

Looking back at the @TheAMAUK awards for next Friday's special on @bbcradioulster @caletyson was a real highlight
Ralph McLean

September 2015

The Rosellys latest album The Granary Sessions release tour begins!

Saturday 5th:
Fabulous Album Launch Party at The Golden Lion, Bristol
The Rosellys Album Launch Party at The Golden Lion Bristol

Monday 7th:
★★★ The Granary Sessions album is now availablefrom ClubHouse Records ★★★
Buy Album

Reviews of The Granary Sessions

R2 Rock n Reel (4-star)...
The Rosellys capture the essence of country, with folk ingredients, baked into a transatlantic roots fusion.
Full Review

Nashville Over Here ...
... an album that is made to be savored, perhaps on the porch, drink in hand?
Full Review

Country Music People magazine (4-star)...
... an enjoyable three quarters of an hour of listening pleasure.
Full Review

Music News Nashville ...
The Granary Sessions is an album of sweet-sounding modern Americana from England.
Full Review

August 2015

The Rosellys' new album The Granary Sessions album is due for release on 7th September 2015.

★★★ Album is now available for Pre Order from ClubHouse Records ★★★
Pre Order

First review of the new album by Eye Level with the Stylus...The Granary Sessions is a well-paced, well-played album of songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on anything coming out of the US.
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The Rosellys's first show of the Album Release tour at London's award winning venue The Green Note in Camden on 21st August was a fantastic sell out show.
Green Note Sold Out
Thanks to Amy at 'Nashville Over Here' for a fabulous review.

As a band The Rosellys are impressive musicians who clearly love to perform. Simon and Rebecca turn out songs with smart and sassy lyrics that make you think and smile in equal measure.
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The BonTemps Playboys got together for a second reunion show this year on 15thAugust at The Golden Lion in Bristol. A most enjoyable gig.
The Bon Temps Playboys at The Golden Lion, Bristol 15 Aug 2015

July 2015

My summer kicked off in fine style, playing five sets at the excellent Maverick Festival.

Friday night on the Peacock Stage with the The Rosellys, followed by sitting in with the excellent Nashville base singer-song writer Don Gallardo, and finally with amassed Clubhouse All Stars.

Saturday afternoon Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers on the Sweet Home Alabama stage and finally a second set with Don Gallardo in The Barn .

Three Chords and Truth have reviewed a number of Maverick acts including Don Gallardo ..class act.. ..epitomised the carefully selected American artist who fits the ideals of the Maverick Festival and Bob Collum ..was a joy to behold.
Full Review

On 11th July it was great to play sets with The Rosellys and Don Gallardo again at the ever excellent Tingestock. This evening was also reviewed by Three Chords and the Truth.
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Another enjoyable set on the 14th with Don Gallardo & friends, Travis Stock and Thomas Collison at The Green Note in Camden Town, a double headliner with the excellent Hannah Aldridge.
Read MusicRiot Review
Read NashvilleOverHere Review

Despite awkward logistics a really fun day at Truck 2015 on the 18th . A couple of sets in The Saloon with Don Gallardo & The Rosellys, the evening rocking out with The Clubhouse All Stars, a real hoot. Great to watch friends playing great sets, The Redlands Palomino Company The Dreaming Spires & Danny and the Champs.

June 2015

The Rosellys have been signed by ClubHouse Records .

March 2015

After a hiatus whilst the recording of their forthcoming album The Granary Sessions was completed, The Rosellys are back on the road and opened a fabulous show for The Dreaming Spires and Don Gallardo at The Louisiana in Bristol.
The Rosellys live at The Louisiana, March 2015
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February 2015

Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers' Little Rock Album launch show was held at The Country Soul Sessions, at The Spice of Life in London's soho.

January 2015

Early press reviews of Little Rock CD, released this month, now available from Harbour Song Records, are very encouraging.

Recording and mastering of The Rosellys new album, The Granary Sessions is now complete. The CD is due to be released later this year.

The BonTemps Playboys reunited again to play a show at the 22nd Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival. What a fun hoot! Maybe we'll be asked again next year.

November 2014

Little Rock Official Release Date Monday 19th January 2015 Announced

Listen to sample tracks here

★ CD is available for pre-order from Harbour Song Records.★

August 2014

After a number of recording sessions this year with Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers at Perry Vale Recording Studios, the project, now extended from an EP to a ten track CD nears completion...
BoB Collum Little Rock
Little Rock is due to be officially released at the end of the year, but advance copies will be available for purchase at live shows soon.

June 2014

Recording sessions with The Rosellys adding pedal steel and resonator to tracks on their forthcoming CD.

May 2014

Final recording sessions with Bob Collum at Perry Vale Recording Studios working on the forthcoming CD.

April 2014

Recording session to add some pedal steel on a few tracks on Richard Townend's excellent solo project, 7 Deadly Sins.
Richard Townend 7 Deadly Sins Cover

December 2013

Second recording session with Bob Collum at Perry Vale Recording Studios working on the new project that will now be a full CD.

September 2013

Initial session recording three new songs for the next Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers EP at Perry Vale Recording Studios.

May 2013

Currently working with Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers on new songs to be recorded this summer.

April 2013

In August last year I recorded pedal steel on nine tracks for a Jamie Williams' Roots Collective album.

The Album, Good Time is now released and available for purchase and download from Amazon
Good Time Album.

March 2013

The Rosellys have gained a rhythm section. The first shows with the new 5 piece lineup were played in Birmingham and Bristol this month.

August 2012

Bob Collum's Latest EP The Ungrateful Depression is now officially released.
The Ungrateful Depression
Listen to Primer Grey

EP is available at live shows and from Bob Collum Online Store, CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon etc.

May 2012

Bob Collum's new EP The Ungrateful Depression pre-order available from Bob Collum Online Store

April 2012

Second and final studio session at Perry Vale Recording Studios for new Bob Collum EP for release later this year

The Rosellys depart for an extended vacation in USA. Looking forward to gigging with them again when they return in June

September 2011

First studio session for new Bob Collum EP for release next year

Richard Townend released his solo project CD, Richard Townend & Friends We Are Where We Are
>We Are Where We Are
An honour to be one of the friends.
Richard Townend and friends: "Ring"

July 2011

The Rosellys new album Two Much Like Trouble was released this month
Two Much Like Trouble Cover
Available from The Rosellys Online Store

June 2011

Recorded some pedal steel on a Richard Townend project

May 2011

The Rosellys new album Two Much Like Trouble is due for release soon
Two Much Like Trouble Cover

I have enjoyed sitting in on a couple of Jamie Williams' Roots Collective gigs

Mar 2011

The Rosellys new album recording is complete. Album will be mastered at at end of this month release scheduled for the summer.

Bob Collum EP The New Old Thing is now available from Bob Collum Online Store
TNOT Cover

Feb 2011

The Rosellys new album is nearing completion. Just some vocals to be added and mixing to be finalised.

Nov 2010

The Rosellys are recording a new album at Reservoir Studios. I will be adding some pedal steel guitar and dobro on some of the tracks.

Sept 2010

Bob Collum has now finished recording another two of his songs at Perry Vale Recording Studios. All material for the next EP / Digital Release is recorded and mixed. Just mastering and artwork left to do.

Some songs performed by The Rosellys at Market Harborough Theatre have been posted on YouTube.
Rosellys: Only 17
Rosellys: Innocent

August 2010

James Hitchen, founding member of The Bontemps Playboys, passed away on Sunday 1st August 2010. RIP James.

March 2010

This month the saw the recording of three new Bob Collum songs at Perry Vale Recording Studios. These plus some more acoustic style songs recorded earlier this year should appear on a new EP scheduled for CD/Digital later this year.

December 2009

Bob Collum's EP "Twisted Lines and Mixed Up Rhymes" has now been released on the legendary American rock 'n' roll entrepreneur and music producer Marty Thau's new digital label Red Star Digital Music. Now extended to a seven song offering, the EP tracks are available for download from,, and iTunes. Original EP is still available as a CD or download from CDBaby.

October 2009

Bob Collum's five track EP "Twisted Lines and Mixed Up Rhymes"

       EP Front Cover EP Disc Label EP Back Cover
Released on 26 October the EP may be purchased as CD or download from CDBaby.
Some early reviews:

Absolute Powerpop ..Bob Collum...his new EP (with backing band The Welfare Mothers) is another gem..

Rootsville .. Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers..make a cool noise about joy and sadness.

29-30 October 2009 - Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers

Whistle stop mini Spanish tour

  • Wurlitzer Ballroom in Madrid - 29 October
  • Altatension at Sala La Edad De Oro in Valencia - 30 October

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