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Paul Maurice Kelly AO (born 13 January 1955) is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers. He has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kelly's 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. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly "one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise." Kelly has said, "Song writing is mysterious to me. I still feel like a total beginner. I don't feel like I have got it nailed yet".

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Kelly performing "The A-Z Shows" in New York City, September 2011. The tour was in support of his memoir, How to Make Gravy and the related 8×CD boxed set, A – Z Recordings, both issued in September 2010.[171][172]
Kelly performing "The A-Z Shows" in New York City, September 2011. The tour was in support of his memoir, How to Make Gravy and the related 8×CD boxed set, A – Z Recordings, both issued in September 2010.[171][172]
Salamanca Place, Hobart (2007). In mid-1974 Kelly made his first public performance in a folk club along this street, "[It] was a row of warehouses gradually being converted into galleries, shops and cafés. The club was upstairs above a jewellery and craft store. Tables and chairs on a wooden floor with a small stage ... By the time I got onstage I was shaking. I sang Bob Dylan's 'Girl from the North Country', the Nashville Skyline version, and 'The Streets of Forbes', a folk song about the bushranger Ben Hall. Somehow I got through my two-song gig, headed straight for the bar for more beer..." – Kelly (2010), How to Make Gravy, pages 16–18.[29]
Salamanca Place, Hobart (2007). In mid-1974 Kelly made his first public performance in a folk club along this street, "[It] was a row of warehouses gradually being converted into galleries, shops and cafés. The club was upstairs above a jewellery and craft store. Tables and chairs on a wooden floor with a small stage ... By the time I got onstage I was shaking. I sang Bob Dylan's 'Girl from the North Country', the Nashville Skyline version, and 'The Streets of Forbes', a folk song about the bushranger Ben Hall. Somehow I got through my two-song gig, headed straight for the bar for more beer..." – Kelly (2010), How to Make Gravy, pages 16–18.[29]
Hotel Esplanade, St Kilda. In May 1995, Kelly recorded tracks for Live at the Continental and the Esplanade (1996) in the Hotel's Gershwin Room.[88] Photo taken in December 2009.
Hotel Esplanade, St Kilda. In May 1995, Kelly recorded tracks for Live at the Continental and the Esplanade (1996) in the Hotel's Gershwin Room.[88] Photo taken in December 2009.
Paul Kelly (at right) and his nephew, Dan Kelly, performing at Rockwood Music Hall in September 2011
Paul Kelly (at right) and his nephew, Dan Kelly, performing at Rockwood Music Hall in September 2011
  
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