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Paul Kelly


Fri 1 Dec 2017, 8:00pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: FrontierTouring

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that one of Australia’s most loved and respected artists Paul Kelly will embark on a three-date national tour this November and December.

Touring in celebration of his album Life Is Fine (out now through Universal), which just debuted at the top of the ARIA Album Chart and rocketed to #1 on the NZ Heatseeker Chart, Kelly will play theatres in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland.

Kelly will be joined at all New Zealand shows by special guests The Eastern and Busby Marou.

Kelly’s recently released 23rd studio album Life Is Fine (out now through Universal) showcases this stellar songwriter in firm command of his craft. The 10-time ARIA award winner has achieved his first ever #1 album in his almost 40-year career 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.

Joining Kelly during all New Zealand shows are Lyttelton based group The Eastern. A string band that roars like a punk band, swings like a gospel band and drinks like a country band, they have developed a reputation as New Zealand’s hardest working troubadours.

With four albums and over 1000 shows under their belts, they have won many a heart along the way. Their 2012 album Hope and Wire reached Gold status in New Zealand, with the song ‘State Houses By The River’ a finalist in the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

Also supporting Kelly as special guests on his New Zealand shows are Australian 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’.

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