"Kelly Halloran is an exquisite, inspired musician. Her technique is only overshadowed by her passion, fire, presence, and the love she brings to the stage."
- G Love
"Kelly is righteous in both her playing and her politics. It's always an honor to share the stage with her"
- Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
"Kelly plays with the fire of Venuti and the joy of Grapelli. It is always a treat to hear Kelly play."
- Pete Huttlinger (John Denver's Band)
Kelly Halloran began studying violin at age four through the Suzuki Method. At age 18, she moved from Western Massachusetts to New York City and made a living primarily as a street performer, playing jazz standards in the Subway and Central Park.
One day while busking in Central Park Kelly was discovered by actor/director Clark Johnson, who commissioned her on the spot to score his silent film “La Viajer” (co-produced by Richard Belzer). She began studying jazz violin at The New School for Contemporary Music, and performing weekly in a string trio in Atlantic City’s casinos. Shortly thereafter Kelly met singer/songwriter/activist Liah Alonso, and they formed the rock duo Left on Red. Left on Red went on to tour nationally, and opened for legendary guitarist/activist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave).
For the past several years Kelly has collaborated with singer/songwriter Rachael Sage. She appears on Sage's albums "Haunted By You", "Blue Roses", "Choreographic", and "Myopia", and has toured the globe as part of Rachael Sage & The Sequins. They have showcased at SXSW, and performed at iconic venues such as the El Rey in Los Angeles, Whelan's in Dublin, and London's Union Chapel.
In 2009 Kelly connected with artist Rocco Gardner, with whom she made a record under the moniker Your New Crush in Joshua Tree, CA. In 2016 the duo road-tripped across the US, during which time they renamed their project Hot Trash and began writing their first album together, which will be released in 2018. Kelly currently manages the booking schedule for Rocco's Pioneertown studio Rancho V.
Kelly Halloran's live performance credits include Michael Franti and Spearhead, Tom Morello, G Love & Special Sauce, Paolo Nutini, SOJA, Jackson Browne, Pete Huttlinger (John Denver's Band), Chad Stokes (Dispatch), Kristy Lee and Dirt Road Revival, Ethan Tucker, Beverly McClellan (The Voice), CJ Chenier (Zydeco King), Dina Fanai & Bob Kinkel (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Seth Glier, and Mary Fahl of October Project. She has also opened for/toured in support of esteemed artists such as Judy Collins, Howard Jones, Blues Traveler, Indigo Girls, John Barrowman, Elizabeth McGovern, Ben Harper, and Shawn Colvin.