Frontier Touring & Triple M present

Paul Kelly

with special guest Sahara Beck

Thursday 09 November 2017 (opening 7:00pm)

at Great Western Hotel ( venue info )
39 Stanley St, Rockhampton QLD
www.greatwesternhotel.com.au (07) 4922 3888

All Ages

Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

Gold Reserved Seating $109.90
Silver Reserved Seating $84.90

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce one of Australia’s most loved and respected artists, Paul Kelly, will embark on a colossal national tour this November and December. In celebration of the release of his ARIA #1 debut Life Is Fine (out now through EMI), Kelly will tour Australia, visiting both regional and metro cities before heading to New Zealand for three performances.

Kelly’s recently released 23rd studio album Life Is Fine (out now through EMI) shows this stellar songwriting in firm command of his craft. The 10 time ARIA award winner has achieved his first ever number one album after almost 40 years as a recording artist. The deliberately ambiguous album title - on one hand affirmative and the other a nod towards interpretations of ‘fine’- is in Paul Kelly’s own words, about ‘never knowing what’s around the corner’. The title track’s lyrics are from a poem by American writer Langston Hughes.

One of his strongest and most evocative albums, Kelly takes backing vocals on tracks ‘My Man’s Got A Cold’ (lead by Vika Bull) and ‘Don’t Explain’ (lead by Linda Bull). “I wonder why I hadn’t thought of it sooner, to have another voice on my records besides mine,” Kelly comments, “A lot of my favourite bands have that.”

One of the reasons behind Kelly’s enduring power as a songwriter is his continual drive to break old habits and refresh his creativity. In Life Is Fine there are songs with an R&B groove like the sizzling opener, ‘Rising Moon’, jumping rockers like ‘Firewood and Candles’ and ‘Rock Out on the Sea’ and fun songs like ‘Leah: The Sequel’. The humorous tunes contrast with another of Kelly’s exquisite songs of regret, ‘Letters in the Rain’, and the rich imagery at the heart of ‘Petrichor’.

“There's a frequent wit to these songs, and an even greater sense of humanity, as Kelly captures the details of human nature with a master's touch, not to mention a fluid and effective melodic sense. – AllMusic

Some of his best songs in years – The Guardian

There is no question Paul Kelly has had, and continues to have an impressive music career. Fronting numerous groups, including The Dots in 1978 where he produced his first charting track ‘Billy Baxter’ and The Coloured Girls (later changed to The Messengers) in 1985, where Kelly’s genius for song-writing emerged.  

Kelly captures the vastness of Australian culture and landscape with his trademark bluegrass mix with folk-rock. Through his story-telling, Kelly and The Messengers went on to release some of the most patriotically recognised songs like ’Leaps and Bounds’, ‘Before Too Long’ and ‘Darling It Hurts’.

Lead single for the bands second album Under The Sun, ‘To Her Door’ demonstrated Kelly’s finest quality as a songwriter, unforced empathy. ‘Dumb Things’ followed and remains one of Kelly’s most iconic rock songs to date. In 2016 he joined Australian hip hop group A.B Original and singer-songwriter Dan Sultan to give a modern spin on the track for triple j’s Like A Version – raising seriously contentious issues facing Indigenous Australians.

Never shying from his country’s history, Kelly hones the skills of fine balladeer, narrating the story of the Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari as part of the Indigenous Australian struggle for land rights and reconciliation in ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. He also collaborated with members of Indigenous band Yothu Yindi to write ‘Treaty’ which was voted into APRA’s top 30 songs of all time in 2001.

Kelly’s solo career has seen him compose music for film and TV, write alongside some of Australia’s most respected artists (Mark Seymour, Neil Finn) and in 1997 following the release of his compilation album Songs from the South, which peaked at number 2 in Australia and is certified quadruple platinum, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

Throughout his musical career, Kelly has produced esoteric expeditions which include adapting classic poems to music (Conversations With Ghosts), recording an album of songs for funerals (Death’s Dateless Night with Charlie Owen), a soul album (The Merri Soul Sessions) and using Shakespeare’s sonnets as lyrics (Seven Sonnets & a Song).

In 2010 Kelly released his ‘mongrel memoir’ How To Make Gravy (titled replicated from his 1996 song ‘How To Make Gravy’ which received an APRA nomination for Song of the Year in 1998). This set a new benchmark for Australian rock autobiographies. Ian Darling’s 2012 documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me is an intimate portrait of Kelly that follows his 40-year career and won Best Documentary at the Film Critics Circle Award in the same year.

Joining Kelly as very special guests for his shows from Brisbane to Perth is American folk singer-songwriter Steve Earle and Sydney’s indie-rock trio Middle Kids.

Three time Grammy Award winner Steve Earle, whose songs have been recorded by such legends as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Carl Perkins gained attention from 1986 breakthrough album Guitar Town. Earle’s current release So You Wannabe An Outlaw (out now through Warner) sees him return to his country roots, bringing in Willie Nelson for the title track, roaring a powerful anthem for ‘The Firebreak Line’ and ‘If Mama Coulda Seen Me.’

Sydney band Middle Kids blazed out of the gates with their anthemic alt-rock single ‘Edge of Town’, from their 2017 debut self-titled EP. Days after the release, Middle Kids made their live TV debut on US show Conan, with their international profile bolstered by Elton John announcing he was a fan. Their combination of hooky tune craft, ripping Music Row-inspired slide guitar leads and soaring melodic vocals carry through in ‘Your Love’, ‘Never Start’ and ‘Doing It Right’.

Also joining Kelly as special guests on his Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and all New Zealand shows are Rockhampton duo Busby Marou. Recognised for their delightful harmonies blending with melodic, acoustic tunes and heartfelt lyrics, the band won the APRA Award for Blues & Roots Work of the Year for 2012 hit ‘Biding My Time’. Recent release and ARIA number one Postcards From The Shell House champion Busby’s breezy croon and Marou’s earthy guitars in tracks ‘Best Part Of Me’, ‘Paint This Land’ and ‘Getaway Car’.

Supporting Kelly during all New Zealand shows is Christchurch-born Bic Runga who captured international success with enormous hit ‘Sway’ from her seven time platinum debut album Drive. Runga has continued to produce lush rhythmic pop songs with tropical noir textures in tracks ‘Get Some Sleep’, ‘Something Good’ and ‘Winning Arrow’. In 2016 Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Joining Kelly as a special guest on his Rockhampton show is Brisbane songstress Sahara Beck.

Don’t miss you chance to see Australia’s foremost singer-songwriters, Paul Kelly, in concert this November. Fans are encouraged to act quickly in securing their tickets, all shows are on sale Monday 28 August.


This is an all ages event. * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.