HE may have sung about doing ‘All The Dumb Things’ but there’s no disputing Paul Kelly’s standing in the hallowed halls of Aussie music royalty. He’s been ntertaining audiences for three decades and the ever popular Australian musician is still in huge demand around the world, as evidenced by his four sold-out shows in London this week.
Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s most prolific and important artists. Whether solo or with one of his many groups — including the Dots, the Coloured Girls and the Messengers — Paul has been creating snapshots of Australian life since his debut back in 1981. A searingly truthful, yet tuneful, songwriter in the mould of Elvis Costello or Ron Sexsmith, he is notable as much for his lyricism — which can be caustic and emotional or wryly humourous — as for his varied musicianship which draws from folk, rock, bluegrass, electronica and dub reggae.
A veteran of 25 albums — with his latest ‘Stolen Apples’ released in 2007 — Paul has won eight ARIAS and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997. Two of his songs are in the APRA’s Top 30 Australian Songs Of All Time — his biggest selling single ‘To Her Door’ and ‘Treaty’, which he co-wrote and performed with Indigenous band Yothu Yindi.
All four nights are sold out this week but for those who don’t have the fortune of catching Paul in London this time round, he will be back in February next year, at Islington’s Union Chapel, again presented by Australian Times. For tickets, click here
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