The trademark of a great songwriter and artist is one who creates pictures that are scorched into our memory and come back to us clearly whenever we hear “those songs”. Legendary singer / songwriter, Paul Kelly has written “those songs” over 350 times in his lengthy career.
To create a mental picture of some of the characters in Paul Kelly’s songs is not hard. We already know them from Australian history (Bradman, Jundamurra, Lingari and Whitlam) and they are in familiar places (St Kilda, Kings Cross, Maralinga and the MCG). Other characters are equally lifelike (Billy Baxter, the returning husband in the silver–top taxi, the four mates on the fishing trip) and they too are in familiar places (the frozen lake, the Darlinghurst Street and under the smoky bridge). They are all uniquely Australian and are a part of our history just like the great works of Henry Lawson and Albert Namatjira.
Over thirty-five years, Paul Kelly has released 18 albums, 5 film scores, co-written with Nick Cave, Kev Carmody and Yothu Yindi, and written for Jenny Morris and Renee Geyer. He has never stood still musically, performing and recording with bands like The Dots, The Messengers, The Coloured Girls, Professor Ratbaggy, the Stormwater Boys and his acoustic A-Z shows with his nephew Dan Kelly. He has recently released his memoirs in a book, “Paul Kelly - How to make Gravy” and also a full length feature film of his life, “Stories of Me”. He was unsurprisingly inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
It is no wonder then that there is a tribute show celebrating Kelly’s works. The show trims the huge volume of Kelly’s work down to the most essential and powerful essence of his appeal. It is designed as a high energy performance relying on audience interaction. It is performed by a group of six seasoned professional musicians, conscious of the huge task set for them and respectful of the value of Kelly’s music that they are entrusted with to present to audiences.
At “A Celebration of the Music of Paul Kelly” you will hear all the hits and be transported with all those characters to all those places which Paul Kelly’s audiences and loyal fans have come to know and love.
You can’t catch the man himself at the moment unless you want to fly to Broome. But this tribute to the great artist is the next best thing. Catch it on Friday 1st August at Tewantin Noosa RSL in the Diggers Bar from 8pm. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members and available from reception or dial n charge on 5447 1766.
Paul Kelly Tribute
Tewantin-Noosa RSL, Memorial Avenue, Tewantin
Friday 1st of August 2014
Members $10 / Non-members $20
For further information please phone 07 5447 1766
Tewantin - Noosa RSL & Citizens Memorial Club Inc, Tewantin
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