The Lonely Arts Club

Series 4, Episode 3: Freda Kelly

March 02, 2022 Freda Kelly Season 4 Episode 3
The Lonely Arts Club
Series 4, Episode 3: Freda Kelly
Show Notes

When you think of The Beatles, it's hard to imagine there was ever a time when they weren't known worldwide; when they were still just a group of "ordinary" guys oblivious to what fate had in store. But this is exactly how Freda Kelly knew them. 

Freda, originally from Dublin, knew The Beatles from their time playing at The Cavern in Liverpool. After becoming friendly with them, Freda was approached by their new manager, Brian Epstein, who asked her to be his secretary. Recalling the days that she became part of a group that was about to take the world by storm, Freda talks fondly of what life was like for her and the families throughout the rollercoaster journey. We hear, in particular, about the relationship that she developed with Ringo's mum. Starting off as a helping hand with sorting the mail, their bond grew over a tradition of egg, chips and cream cakes. 

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Audio production is by Sam Auguste of Onomatopoeia Studios in Liverpool.

Music is by Joseph McDade.

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