Shaun Kelly and the Returned Gifts

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
At a very young age, probably about three years old. We used to have all the Disney records in our house. Even then I could tell that the tunes on the Jungle book album blew the other stuff away, you must have a sense for these things.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Well the next memory is standing outside my elder bro’s bedrooms (out of bounds to me) but I was able to soak up all the punk music that was blaring out of them. I really loved that and I was heavily influenced. Especially the more melodic bands like the stranglers, Ramones and the Buzzcocks. Those records taught me how to harmonize.
How long have you been playing/writing?
About 30 years, Jesus!!!
How often do you play live?
Actually I have only done one gig with the returned gifts. I didn’t even have a band when I got asked so it was a bit like a Brummie version of the blues brothers ; chasing round town recruiting musicians as fast as I could! Next one is quite soon at a great London venue
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Tough question, I have been lucky enough to see most of my musical heroes live at some point…..
I think I will say the end of the middle eight in up the junction by Squeeze were the minor chord moves back into the major. Always gets me that does!
Where is the best place to find you online?
To hear me
To speak to me
To tweet me

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