Set to be a meeting of the minds, two all-time Australian music greats, Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky will 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.