I went to this gig with my gf and a few aussie mates, and as expected, it felt like half of the australians in London had turned up to watch Paul Kelly in action. Holly Throsby warmed the crowd up nice with some charming songs, and everyone was eagerly waiting Paul’s performance.
Paul walked on stage, followed by his nephew Dan Kelly, and immediately set the intensity of the set by opening with ‘They Thought I Was Asleep’, which, had the audience silently listening to his candid lyrics and haunting harmonica solo.
While I initially thought his set would consist mostly of tracks from his latest album Stolen Apples, but as the old hits kept coming, it became obvious he was going to make a show of it - and what a set it was - 90 minutes solid, and 25 tracks in total.
Whether it was a family thing or just testiment to how superb they both were was musicians, Dan and Paul’s voices blended incredibly well, and their playing seemed to almost be as if only 1 person was on stage. Just the level of understanding between the two, and how they anticipate each others playing, really enhanced an already amazing set.
Just about every hit you can think of was played, with exception of ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’ (which leaves something to look forward to next time!)… It was almost as if Paul was doing a northern hemisphere version of his Australian A-Z shows.
The crescendo for me was not the ending encore of ‘When I First Met Your Ma’, or the acoustic simplicity of ‘Sweet Guy’, but ‘How To Make Gravy’, which appeared significantly before the end - almost like Paul was unknowingly trying for his own Golden Ratio in his set. (no, it doesnt work out, I tried it
I had a little trouble trying to choose tracks for you to get, as it all sounded so damn good… so the preview ends up being just under half the gig: (yes, it was that good - easily the best gig of the year so far!)
Paul Kelly - They Thought I Was Asleep.mp3
Paul Kelly - Dumb Things.mp3
Paul Kelly - Deeper Water.mp3
Paul Kelly - Ode to Shane Warne.mp3
Dan Kelly - Fire and Theft.mp3
Paul Kelly - Keep On Driving.mp3
Paul Kelly - To Her Door.mp3
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy.mp3
Paul Kelly - Leaps and Bounds.mp3
Paul Kelly - Sweet Guy.mp3
Paul Kelly - When I First Met Your Ma.mp3