Singer/songwriter Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide in 1955. He was in his late teens when he picked up a guitar and made his public debut singing the Australian folk song “Streets of Forbes” to a Hobart audience in 1974. Kelly immediately established himself as his peers’ favorite songwriter. On nights off, Melbourne musicians went to see him.
Through the years, Paul Kelly has performed solo and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers and his music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock, and country. His lyrics capture the vastness of the culture and landscape of Australia by chronicling life about him for over 30 years.
Paul’s Top 40 singles include “Billy Baxter”, “Before Too Long”, “Darling It Hurts”, “To Her Door”, “Dumb Things” and “Roll on Summer”. Top-20 albums include Gossip, Under the Sun, Comedy, Songs from the South, Nothing but a Dream and Stolen Apples. Paul Kelly has also won ten Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards, including his induction into their Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001 the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) listed the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, which included Kelly’s “To Her Door”, and “Treaty”.
In 2016, Kelly released Seven Sonnets and a Song and Death’s Dateless Night under Cooking Vinyl.