Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly has recorded over 21 studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and the Cannes 2006 highlight, Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years.

He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 and continues to cross musical boundaries. Songs From The South, a selection of his popular songs first assembled in 1997 and expanded to a double album in 2008, contains many of his songs now lodged deep in the Australian psyche. The triple j tribute album Before Too Long, released in 2010, featuring John Butler, Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Paul Dempsey, Ozi Batla and many others is evidence of his influence on generations of musicians.

His first work of prose ‘How To Make Gravy’, a self described “mongrel memoir”, was published in 2010 and two years later, ‘Paul Kelly – Stories Of Me’, a feature-length documentary was released. For the first time on film, Kelly spoke candidly about the people who have helped shape his life and music.

In 2014, Paul took an innovative direction and released Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions – a soul revue record featuring Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself.

On 23 April, 2016 – the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death – Paul released Seven Sonnets & A Song. The record features Paul singing lead vocals on six of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a song from Twelfth Night. The only non-Shakespearian piece is ‘My True Love Hath My Heart’, written by his contemporary Sir Philip Sidney and sung by Vika Bull.

2017 saw the release of Life Is Fine – one of Kelly’s strongest and most evocative albums, where Kelly fires up with a band of long-time musical friends and delivers a record that crackles with an energy reminiscent of his finest 80’s recordings.

Last year he was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.

Artist Moos

April 16

GTM 2018 Predictions!

Last year’s Groovin the Moo saw SO many epic, had-to-be-there moments at each show. From the likes of both Loyle Carner and Montaigne joining the Thundamentals boys on stage, to Vera Blue blowing away the Slumberjack crowd singing ‘Fracture’ live, not to mention George Maple guesting on ‘Something About You’ during Hayden James’ incredible show.

We’ve just scratched the surface here on the potential collaborations and surprises you could expect this year. Let’s get the predictions rolling for 2018!


Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt – ‘Get To Know’ LIVE

It would almost be an insult if these two acts didn’t join forces for a live version of their latest collaboration ‘Get To Know’. If you watched their ‘Get To Know’ video we posted, this one is almost certain! Get your butt to Cosmo’s set and thank us later.

Odds: Very likely – All shows

Paul Kelly x A.B.Original

After their crazy good Like A Version doing a rendition of Paul Kelly’s ‘Dumb Things’ and the three being very good friends, we can see lots of potential for something magical here!

Odds: Unlikely – But if anything Bendigo?

Mallrat x Allday

‘UFO’ is a bloody banger, and these two are the best of friends. We think seeing the two jump up on stage together may be a stretch as Allday is currently based in LA, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility by any means.

Odds: Likely – Bendigo or Townsville?

DJ YELLA x Aminé/ Lady Leshurr?

Ahh. We can dream can’t we? How good would this be though!

Odds: Highly unlikely

Vera Blue performing a ‘Lady Powers’ ballad with other GTM ladies

We have a multitude of talented ladies on our touring and local line up, from Mallrat to Tkay, Alex Lahey, Lady Leshurr & Sampa, how cool would it be so see an empowering display of ‘Lady Powers’ with potential vocal features like these?! Let’s hope these ladies do some serious bonding over the tour and surprise us with something special.

Odds: Likely – Bunbury

Tkay x Basenji ‘Mistakes’

Epic song, fitting for an epic festival! Basenji is Sydney based, so there’s potential he could get a call up for either Maitland or Canberra for a special surprise. Seeing this live would be anything but a mistake!

Odds: Likely – Maitland or Canberra

Grinspoon x Violent Soho

It’s happened before. Grinspoon’s Phil Jaimeson joined the Soho crew on stage last year in Maitland for a ripper of a Grinspoon classic with 1995’s ‘More Than You Are’. Will it happen again? After seeing how much fun Phil had last year, there is definitely potential for more fun to be had!

Odds: Unlikely but if it does happen, we’re thinking Townsville


Feature image photo credit: Brayden Smith

April 24

A trip down memory lane with Paul Kelly

We have SO many legendary artists on the line up this year, there might be one you’re particularly familiar with but just don’t know it yet. Described as the poet laureate of Australian music, he taught us ‘How To Make Gravy’ all the way back in 1996. If that doesn’t spark anything, it’s time to get familiar with our own certified Aussie icon Paul Kelly!

A career that has spanned over 30 years and literally like a million songs is an impressive feat in itself. He’s recently started re-releasing his whole collection of timeless tracks on vinyl and started a Record Club video series – giving us an candid insight into the mind of a legendary voice and storyteller.

We’ve chosen to highlight two very important Record Club videos with unique and endearing stories behind them – 1989’s record ‘So Much Water So Close To Home’ from the Paul Kelly and the Messengers era and 1987’s ‘Under The Sun’ (of course) 😜

Get educated below!

Paul Kelly Record Club Episode 4 – So Much Water So Close To Home

December 2017’s release from Paul Kelly Record Club is ‘So Much Water So Close To Home’ (1989) available right now on 180gram vinyl! Paul Kelly Record Club is releasing of all of Paul's catalogue on vinyl, one month at a time.You can sign up for 1, 6 or 12 months, and receive one record per month, in chronological order. Team PKMore info here –

Posted by Paul Kelly on Sunday, 10 December 2017

Paul Kelly Record Club Episode 3 – Under the Sun

November 2017’s release from Paul Kelly Record Club is ‘Under The Sun’ (1987) available right now on 180gram vinyl! Paul Kelly Record Club is releasing of all of Paul's catalogue on vinyl, one month at a time.You can sign up for 1, 6 or 12 months, and receive one record per month, in chronological order. Team PKAll details here –

Posted by Paul Kelly on Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Catch more of Paul Kelly’s Record Club series here and prepare to see the magic of Australian music come alive when he plays LIVE on stage at GTM!

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