Over the past two decades, Nick Kelly has become one of Ireland’s most highly-regarded advertising creatives, film makers and musicians.
Having qualified as a solicitor and given up the same day, Nick has spent his working life achieving prominence in three separate areas of creative endeavour, music, film and advertising.
He first came into the public eye as lead singer and songwriter with much-praised Irish rock band The Fat Lady Sings. Following his decision to split the band in 1994, Nick has gone on to release three award-winning solo albums, gaining a reputation as one of Ireland’s innovative independent musical artists.
In the late 1990s Nick began to work in advertising and quickly earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s leading copywriters and creative consultants. He has won many awards for his advertising work, both locally and internationally, including a Clio for his epic Guinness TV spot “Tom Crean” and an Epica for his Focus Ireland ambient concept “Keys” and a small school of sharks.
In recent years, Nick has also become known for writing and directing movies. The third of his highly-regarded short films “Shoe” was shortlisted to the last 10 for an Oscar in the Live Action Short category of the 2011 Academy Awards. Nick’s first feature The Drummer And The Keeper had its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017, where it won Best Irish First Feature. To date The Drummer And The Keeper has won 18 awards on the global festival circuit. Nick was nominated for Best Screenplay at both the Irish Film and Television Awards and the Writers Guild of Ireland Zebbie Awards in 2018.
Having spent a decade living in New York, London and various squalid sleeper buses, Nick now resides back in his native Dublin with his wife and two sons.