We are saddened to have to report the untimely passing of vocalist / guitarist Ray Kelly. Ray, who was from Co. Clare, Ireland was one of the founding members of The Prodigals, and the front man for the New York City Celtic rock group, The Mickey Finns. A number of musicians in the Celtic music scene have been expressing their condolences on Twitter and Facebook saying:
We’re sad to hear about the passing of Ray Kelly from The Mickey Finns. All our thoughts go out to his band mates, family and friends R.I.P Ray, your legacy will always be remembered. – Sir Reg
Our deepest sympathy to the Friends and family of Ray Kelly of The Micky Finns. We met Ray for the First time this fall at the Weston Irish Fest, they put on an amazing show. He’ll be missed! – The Langer’s Ball
God bless you Ray Kelly, you’ll be missed. Our thoughts go out to your family and the rest of the Mickey Finns! RIP – Wild Colonial Bhoys
We currently do not have any details on the cause of death. Everyone here at Irish Punk would like to give our condolences to his family, friends, and bandmates. Ray Kelly was an incredibly talented musician, and he will be deeply missed.