"The Jellyman's Daughter sound like they've come down from the same cold mountain as The Civil Wars or Grammy-winning duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss... [Graham] can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle... when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart." The Herald Scotland
The Jellyman's Daughter is a Scottish duo featuring Emily Kelly (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Graham Coe (vocals, cello). After making each other’s acquaintance in the inspiring setting of Edinburgh, Emily and Graham soon found an affinity in the way their voices combined and a new sound in the way they could combine cello and acoustic guitar or mandolin, with influences ranging from bluegrass to post-rock. Graham’s cello in particular added an unique element with his rhythmic, percussive and unconventional playing.
Having busked the streets of their home city during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, they created quite an impact when they made their debut at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. When in-demand playing partners Emily Kelly and Graham Coe released their full-length album, it won a huge amount of radio exposure, and reviewers unanimously agreed that something totally appealing had come on to the scene. The Sunday Herald (Scotland) made it one of their Top Albums of The Year while Maverick magazine described them as “fascinating” and said they demonstrated “originality by the bucketload”. “Heartily recommended” by Folking.com, Acoustic magazine told readers they “kick up a heck of a storm,” while The Daily Express called the duo “a match made in heaven”.
They started 2015 as they meant to go on, winning even more praise following bigger-exposure live performances, including a nomination for Best Acoustic Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and spreading their wings much further afield, spending a month gigging around Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. After a successful appearance at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City early in the year (thanks to Creative Scotland), 2016 sees Emily and Graham tour Canada while writing new songs in preparation for their second album, sustaining the momentum that has earned them exceptional praise so far.
“A rounded and quality piece of work. Sharing lead vocals ensures that there is variety in delivery with neither of the duo outshining the other although the richness of Coe's cello is the one constant throughout… All songs stand alone with no weak links” Americana UK 8/10
"Chock full of acoustic talent and a husky, smoky lyricism, the pair combine to form a venerable musical machine. Pitched perfectly against and together, their multi-instrumental creativity is matched only by their lingering harmonies and synchronicity." is this music? 4.5/5
"Their sound is fresh, personal, and well worth a listen" Folk Radio UK
“Startlingly original and deeply intense... Totally captivating” Folkwords
“A really original sound... really enjoying that” Ricky Ross