From fast, high-energy jigs and reels to captivating airs and songs, Emily Ann Thompson’s performance is energetic and passionate. She performs traditional Irish, Scottish, and Canadian fiddle tunes, sings in English and Irish Gaelic, and clogs while fiddling. Emily Ann’s husband, Kelly, joins her on guitar, percussion, and vocals. Emily’s brilliant fiddling with foot percussion, and her sweet, lilting voice combined with Kelly’s driving rhythmic guitar and rich, unabashed vocals create a diverse and powerful combination.
Emily Ann & Kelly tour nationally and have been performing around 100 shows a year since 2010. Venues and festival performances include: Bitterroot Celtic Festival, Kalamazoo Irish Fest, Erie Irish Festival, Indy Irish Fest, Cape Coral Irish Fest, River Roots Folk Festival, Carmel International Arts Festival, Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Columbus Ethnic Expo, Indiana State Fair, Indy Folk Series, numerous other concert series,’ pubs, and other venues, and in addition two tours in Ireland in 2010 and 2012. Emily Ann has been part of a select group of performers for both the men’s and women's NCAA basketball championships. She has also been a featured artist on several radio stations including WITT (Indianapolis, IN), WSLR (Sarasota, FL), and JetFM in Ireland. Emily Ann has recorded two albums: “Emily Ann Thompson” and “Passage.”
"A rival to any of the top international Irish, Scottish, or Canadian trad. bands, this dynamic duo has a zeal for Celtic music and it shows!"
“What makes this show so special is the dancing that Emily Ann adds to her superb fiddling,” according to Bob Foster, owner of the Hedgehog Music Showcase. “You have to experience it to fully appreciate the talent that Emily Ann and Kelly add to the show.”
- Published in the IndyStar Sat. Mar. 24, 2012
"Emily Ann Thompson has performed at the Carmel International Arts Festival for a number of years. Emily Ann is a gifted musician and her performances always leave the audience wanting more. I can't imagine the Festival without her."
- Sandy Barretto, Vice President of the Carmel International Arts Festival
“An ‘all American Girl’ who can surprise her audience by singing the odd song in Gaelic.” - Paddy Rice, Oyster Creek ~ March 2012
“The Carnegie was standing room only as we were entertained by amazing musicians.”
- Donna Kluesner, Executive Director of the Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center of Greene County, Indiana ~ March 2011