Thursday, January 17, 2013 ♦ 8:00 PM
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000
Over a 30 year career, Australian bard Paul Kelly has released a steady stream of albums showcasing his emotionally vivid, musically expansive songwriting and his uncanny ability to distill a novel's worth of narrative and character detail into an effortlessly melodic pop tune.
Amanda Palmer has stated that "His songwriting is up there with the greats… the bittersweet and hard-core honesty of his lyrics is the sort of thing you'll only see once in a lifetime if you're lucky", while Neil Finn of Crowded House asserts, "There is something unique and powerful about the way Kelly mixes up everyday detail with the big issues of life, death, love and struggle -- not a trace of pretense or fakery in there." Australian alt-country diva Kasey Chambers says, "If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly."
Youthful New York troubadour Willy Mason keeps the best part of folk music's traditions alive in the 21st century. “His pioneering folk songs still sound timeless…His lyrics are a stunning three-part blend of coarse truisms, poetic flair and the mumbled ramblings of a mad man.” - The Fly U.K.