My first serious attempt at composition was at the age of 15 when I wrote Tango for solo piano. I’ve always played piano, guitar and drums and always been fascinated by orchestration and film music. I studied piano, composition and music education at Trinity College, Dublin and later studied Film Scoring at UCLA Extension where I was privileged to work with some of Hollywood’s top recording musicians and to learn from some of its most gifted composers and orchestrators.

I began scoring student and short films in 2005 and have been doing so ever since; my most recent work has been with the very talented up and coming directors Anne Marie Kelly and Roisin Jones. My composition and recording team includes Dave Hand (Guitars/Production) and Anne Marie Kelly (Vocals, Saxophone, Piano and Lyrics).

Avid drinker of tea.

Composer John (Johnny) Kelleher in front of an orange wall painted with a black guitar, Astana (now Nur-Sultan) 2015.

Latest News March 2021

Two big projects have been released recently, I’ve been working on them both since 2019. God Given Opportunity is an important and hard-hitting work from longtime collaborator and friend Anne Marie Kelly (Ma (2018), Roots and Wings (2018)). I contributed sound design, on set sound recording and composed a number of tracks for the film. The Invincibles: Park Assassins is a new podcast from the very talented Roisin Jones, with whom I collaborated previously on A Sense of Joy (2019). Looking forward to more projects this year.