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Diamonds & Plastic is Ian Kelly’s third album. Many came around to knowing the Montreal-based singer-songwriter with his previous album, Speak Your Mind, which was just certified gold in Canada (40,000 units sold), a few weeks back, more than two years after its launch in the Fall of 2008.

Diamonds & Plastic is a bit more upbeat than Speak Your Mind - lead-off single “I Would Have You”is positively giddy (and a bit droll) and the timely political anthem “Parliament” has quite the kick to it; this, says the singer-songwriter, is partly inspired by the fact that this is his first album recorded with a band. He’s done some 100 gigs since the launch of Speak Your Mind and it seemed only natural to bring the boys in the band along to record the new songs. So, while still on tour on weekends, Ian and his usual two sidemen – keyboard whiz Jon Day and drummer Mark Nelson – were joined by bassist Guillaume Chartrain, in a rented cottage literally right next to Ian's home up north in the Laurentians, for most of the recording in the Fall of 2010.

Kelly produced this album on his own again; writing all 13 songs safe for one, “White Wedding”. On it, and many other tracks, you can hear return collaborator Jozy Fever who was definitely in Ian’s plans for the studio from the start, “she has the best voice I have ever heard”, says Kelly. To add to the mix, Ian called in a few key guests, including guitar players Rick Haworth for some evocative pedal-steel and banjo lines and Didace Grondin on lapsteel and electric guitars. Also on the album, a surprising saw cameo by usually-known-as-drummer, Robbie Kuster on “At All Costs”. Jon Day, who toured with Kelly for the past 2 and a half years, took care of the elaborate string arrangements on this album, booking two string quartets to be recorded at the McGill music department’s state-of-the-art studio, which you can hear to best effect on the “Eleanor Rigby”-esque “Workday”.

Ian Kelly launches the album with a performance at the Rialto Theatre (5723 Avenue du Parc, Montreal)Wednesday, May 25th as of 5h30 p.m. 

The event is free and open to the public.

This morning, singer-songwriter Ian Kelly received confirmation that his second album Speak Your Mind, launched more than two years ago, is certified gold for 40,000 units sold in Canada. The whole team at Audiogram wants to congratulate Ian for his perseverance and determination. Kudos Ian! There’s a lot to be proud of!

Kelly will be on stage this Saturday at Corona Theater in Montreal to perform the last of over 100 concerts in Canada and Europe as part of his Speak Your Mind tour. Many of these performances were sold out, as was this week’s Montreal date, but Thursday promoters issued 50 additional tickets to offer as many people as possible one last chance to see Kelly’s current tour. Ian Kelly won’t keep his fans waiting long as his upcoming 3rd album will hit the streets on May 24th. As was the case with his last two records, Kelly is producing this third one. The first single I Would Have You is already making its way on radio charts.

January 18, 2011 : 2011 STARTS IN A ROAR
Ian will be in Cannes, France to showcase at MIDEM in two Canadian Blast events to be held on January 25th. 2 showcases. A 20-min set in the daytime at 2PM in the congress hall (Le Palais) and one 40-min set in the evening at 8PM at Morrisson's Pub. Ian is one of 5 artists selected by CIMA to participate in this Canadian Blast, along with Maylee Todd, Jill Barber, Saidah Baba Talibah and Art Of Fresh. As soon as he gets back, Ian will be heading to Quebec City to take part in the 1st Winter Summit put together by the David Suzuki Foundation. Ian will be performing at the Gala Dinner held in honour of Dr. Suzuki's 75th birthday. Last but not least, Ian's 3rd album is coming. It will be May. Tracking should be done this week before the departure for Midem on Sunday.

December 23, 2010 : SEASON'S GREETINGS
Hi everybody, Ian Kelly here. It's time for me to send you some season's greetings. Looking back on 2010, I couldn't be more pleased and blessed. I am a very lucky guy, personally and professionally. Thank you so much for a great year. Thank you for buying the album (you are now more than 35000) because well, sadly, money's a big part of life and I need some too, but most of all, thank you for being there at the concerts, for writing on my wall and for listening to my music. Hopefully, you're not feeling pressured to much into buying meaningless gifts this year and you're gonna get to spend some quality time with the people you love and you'll get a chance to tell them that you do. I know that the holidays can be a stressful time and even a difficult period to get through but we all have to be optimistic and we need to learn to relax. I guess I'm especially addressing this to me... Anyhow, have a great time, do what you can to make yourselves and others happy; try to respect the environment cause we all need it; love and be loved! Cheers! Ian

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