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PAUL X2 FOR THE REGAL

Paul Kelly, photo by Cybele Malinowski
Paul Kelly, photo by Cybele Malinowski

It is set to be a  meeting of the minds when two all-time Australian music greats, Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowksy, team up for a rich-and-rare performance together at  Subiaco’s Regal Theatre at the end of October.  

Each, of course, are leaders and laureates in their musical corners. Paul Kelly is  in many ways our own Leonard Cohen; he has lyrically captured the essence of  the lived Australian experience in songs that have themselves become beloved  standards. Paul Grabowsky is the acclaimed Australian  

pianist/composer/arranger/conductor who has carved an impressive presence on  the international jazz scene, scored over 20 feature films, and spearheaded  many award-winning projects and collaborations over the years.  

Both Pauls have been awarded the Order of Australia and have won multiple  ARIA Awards during the course of their careers. They indeed share an ARIA  Award for their 2020 album, Please Leave Your Light On, a release inspired by  Frank Sinatra’s iconic partnership with orchestrator Nelson Riddle. The album  combined Kelly’s beloved songs with Grabowsky’s astonishing powers to  reimagine them – with nothing more than that voice and that piano (and the  occasional harmonica). The results speak for themselves and are the catalyst for  their performance we will see at the Regal Theatre.  

“The reason I love working with Paul is that he always surprises me,” says Kelly.  “He’s endlessly fertile, turning my songs inside out and upside down – to quote  Diana Ross – and finding things in them I didn’t know were there. And that  makes me sing them differently. Singing with Paul is like walking a tightrope. It’s  as if we are acrobats together. We have to pay serious attention to one another  to pull the songs off. I like that.” 

Says Grabowsky, “Paul is a generous collaborator, always listening closely to  what I am doing, and giving me the freedom to bring my own interpretation to  the songs. I think people will hear, and hopefully enjoy, the deep communication  that we are bringing to the performance.”  

In the classic, theatrical surrounds of the Regal, Kelly and Grabowsky are certain  to make a little history. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it.  

Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowksy  
Friday 29 October 2021  
Regal Theatre  

Tickets on sale through Ticketek: 9am Friday 16 July 2021 For full event information please visit:  www.mellenevents.com

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