PAUL KELLY – ‘More Songs From The South’ tour : April-May 2009

To celebrate the recent release of ‘Songs From The South – Volume II’, Paul Kelly and his band will embark on a national tour in late April and throughout May, visiting regional centres and capital cities across the country.   paulkellytourpromo1

It has been almost two years since Paul Kelly conducted such a vast tour of the nation. And how better to embrace the flavour of Australia and its people, than with the live music of one of the world’s great songwriters, the man who has chronicled our country’s beauty and scars and desires as well as the personal insights which know no borders in an extraordinary song writing career that now spans more than 30 years.

Joined by his long time collaborators – Pete Luscombe on drums and vocals, Bill Mc Donald on bass and vocals, Ash Naylor on guitar and vocals and Cameron Bruce, on keys and vocals – the ‘More Songs From The South’ Tour dips in to the last ten years of Kelly’s life. Remarkably for a songwriter going from his early 40s to his early 50s, this period has been just as creative and even more adventurous than the first.

Picking up from 1998’s ‘Words & Music’ and carrying on through to last year’s ‘Stolen Apples’, it is a period defined by countless collaborations, different bands, genre hopping, eight official studio albums, some 102 new songs, plus another half-dozen-or-so soundtracks, musicals, plays, live recordings and tribute records.

Which is not to say that the set will not include select gems from Kelly’s 7 times platinum 1997 release of ‘Songs from the South – Volume I’, a dazzling collection, assembling songs that are already lodged deep in the Australian soundtrack, from ‘Before Too Long’ and ‘From St Kilda to Kings Cross’ to ‘When I First Met Your Ma’, ‘To Her Door’ and ‘How to Make Gravy’.

Joining him on the road is Charlie Parr from Duluth, Minnesota, whose style bears the influence of hours spent listening to country blues records and Smithsonian/Folkways field recordings. Charlie’s finger picking, freewheeling tune, ‘1922 Blues’ is the soundtrack to the recent, hugely successful Vodafone TV campaign. Charlie plays original and traditional folk tunes, plus blues covers by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Charley Patton, favouring National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and banjo in his performance.

His self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking and quasi-frailing technique come together with a voice that’s low on drama and
high on impact. Dignity, and the struggle to keep it, are central themes in Parr’s songs. The gamblers, the union workers, the criminals and the sinners that wander around his songs come straight from real life observation. The stories he tells get into some dark spots; that place where regret and remorse part company.

Paul Kelly – ‘More Songs From The South’ Tour Dates:

Tuesday 28th Apr – Sawtell RSL Club (Sawtell), NSW
Tickets from Venue: 02 6653 1577; Park Beach Music at The Plaza: 02 6652 3725; Coopers Surf Australia Palms Shopping Centre: 02 6652 6369
Wednesday 29th Apr – Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Brisbane), QLD
Tickets from Q Tix: 136 249;
Thursday 30th Apr – The Events Centre, Caloundra (Sunshine Coast), QLD
Tickets from venue: : 07) 5491 4240;

Friday 1st May – Twin Towns Services Club (Gold Coast), QLD
Tickets from venue: 1800 014 014;

Saturday 2nd May – Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), QLD
Tickets from venue: 1300 655 299;

Sunday 3rd May – Ipswich Civic Centre (Ipswich), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 3810 6100;

Tuesday 5th May – Brothers Leagues Club (Cairns), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 4053 1053;

Wednesday 6th May – Townsville Civic Theatre (Townsville), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 4727 9797;

Friday 8th May – Pilbeam Theatre (Rockhampton), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 4927 4111;

Saturday 9th May – Brolga Theatre (Maryborough), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 4122 6060;

Sunday 10th May – Moncrieff Theatre (Bundaberg), QLD
Tickets from venue: 07 4153 1985;
Wednesday 13th May – State Theatre – Sydney (Sydney), NSW
Tickets from Ticketmaster: 136 100;
Thursday 14th May – Wyong Leagues Club (Wyong), NSW
Tickets from venue: 02 4392 2799

Friday 15th May – Newcastle Civic Theatre (Newcastle), NSW
Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849;

Saturday 16th May – Regent Theatre (Wollongong), NSW
Tickets from Ticketmaster: 136 100;

Sunday 17th May – Canberra Theatre (Canberra), ACT
Tickets from Canberra Ticketing: 02 6275 2700;

Tuesday 19th May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre (Shoalhaven), NSW
Tickets from venue: 1300 788 503;
*Thursday 21st May – Regent Multiplex (Ballarat), VIC
Tickets from venue (03) 5330 5555;

Friday 22nd May – Palais Theatre (St Kilda), VIC
Tickets from Ticketmaster: 136 100;

*Saturday 23rd May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre (Geelong), VIC
Tickets from venue: 03 5225 1200;

*Sunday 24th May – The Pier Live, Frankston, VIC – NB: CHANGE OF VENUE
Tickets from Venue: 03 9783 7311 or or Ticketek: or Oztix:

Songs from The South – Volumes I & II’ is available as a specially priced double CD set, each volume featuring 20 classic Paul Kelly songs.

A super deluxe version is also available from

The DVD ‘Paul Kelly – The Video Collection 1985 – 2008’ is also available and a must for any avid fan.

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