Paul Kelly ***SOLD OUT***
Paul Kelly's remarkable new 11-song album "Spring and Fall" -- his 19th studio album and first collection of new material in five years -- ranks with the seminal Australian singer-songwriter's most memorable and resonant work, demonstrating why he's virtually a national hero in his home country and one of the most celebrated songwriters on the planet.
While he's best known in America for such acclaimed albums as "Gossip," "Under the Sun," "So Much Water So Close to Home," "Comedy," "Wanted Man" and "Deeper Water," Paul Kelly's prolific body of work incorporates a wide array of departures, collaborations and side projects. He's recorded as a member of the studio supergroup Stardust Five, branched out stylistically to record an album with the Australian bluegrass combo Uncle Bill and created experimental dub-reggae as part of the techno-groove ensemble Professor Ratbaggy. His interest in aboriginal issues has led him to collaborate with aboriginal songwriter Archie Roach and the multicultural group Yothu Yindi.
He also provided award-winning musical scores for the films "Lantana," "One Night the Moon" and "Jindabyne"; and wrote songs for, and acted in, the Australian stage play "Funerals and Circuses." He's written songs for several other Australian artists, and was the inspiration for the tribute album "Women at the Well," on which 14 female performers interpreted Kelly compositions. He's published four volumes of his song lyrics, and written pieces for the prestigious Australian magazine The Monthly. Kelly was recently the focus of an all-star tribute concert in Melbourne honoring his 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and in 2012 was the subject of the feature-length documentary "Paul Kelly: Stories of Me" (which will be released on DVD in North America in Sept. of 2013).
Beyond the copious tributes and accolades, it's Paul Kelly's songs, and his knack for performing them with maximum conviction, that makes him a world-class creative force, and "Spring and Fall" ranks with his most powerful work. After more than three decades of music-making, his work remains every bit as adventurous and inspired as ever. http://www.paulkelly.com.au
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