His name is Peter O’Kelly, an Irishman from Bangor loaded with charm and smiling Irish eyes. I liked him the second he walked into the Motor Palace Mercantile and said hello. How could you not with his devilish grin and wit?
Plus, I love saying his name. Peter O’Kelly. The name rolled off my tongue every time I saw him: Peter O’Kelly.
So why was Peter O’Kelly in Winslow Arizona?
For the Standin’ on the Corner Festival
Yep. The singer/songwriter came 5634 miles across the sea to attend the festival. Why? Because Peter has a special connection to the event.
“I’d been reading about that Glenn Frey statue in Winslow, but I was up at the Wilgar Blues Festival in belfast last year when my mate turned to me and said, “Hey, we could have a blues festival in Bangor.” I replied no, we’re goint to have a Standin’ on the Corner Festival in Bangor — and I couldn’t shake the idea even though I might have had a pint or two at the time.”Peter O’Kelly quoted from Spectator Newspaper
Pint or two or not, Peter followed through. The festival was a great success.
Winslow goes to Bangor
The relationship between Bangor and Winslow continued from there, and in 2018, foundation member Greg Hackler went to Ireland for the festival.
“The first ever Standin on the Corner Festival in Bangor, Northern Ireland was terrific. A wonderful tribute to the Eagles. Thank you, Peter O’Kelly. We had good craic.”Greg Hackler
Craic, by the way, is the Irish way of explaining the level of fun surrounding a particular night out.
This year, it was Peter’s turn to come to Winslow.
“I wanted to come and stand on the corner and be part of the ambiance and enjoy.”
The Tuesday before, he flew into Phoenix and hopped a Greyhound bound for Winslow. When I asked him what he thought of our town, he said:
Exceeded my expectations. I was exponentially impressed with how friendly everyone was and how many people were at the statue, and with the positive energy that has created. There’s an holistic effect that couldn’t have happened anywhere else.
Peter sums up his visit to Winslow this way:
“What a superb experience in Winslow. I met lots of brilliant people too, everybody was so friendly, full of love. The place has almost a spiritual atmosphere to it projecting a wonderful positive energy. Great times, great place, and great people.”
Well Peter O’Kelly, Winslow feels the same about you. Please come back and visit real soon.
Until next time…
Take it Easy
P.S. Peter had the privilege of hanging out with the sculptor who created EASY, Ron Adamson! Stay tuned for an article on him. If you want to hear Peter sing the famous song, click the picture below!