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Paul Kelly has once again assembled an all-star cast to welcome the festive season for his ‘Making Gravy’ celebration.
“Who’s gonna make the gravy with Paul Kelly this year?” we hear you asking. And with previous gravy-making teams including Angus & Julia Stone, Mojo Juju, Angie McMahon, Gang of Youths, and Gretta Ray, expectations are surely high.
Well, fret not, because some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest voices are coming together to join the legendary musician in a series of outdoor concerts in Perth, Sydney, and Brisbane.
The 2019 Making Gravy lineup includes Courtney Barnett, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Marlon Williams, with Thelma Plum also making a special appearance in Sydney.
Kicking off the festive season for the third year, Paul Kelly will perform music from across his storied, four-decade-long career, reserving a special moment for his Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’.
Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, Paul Kelly is renowned as one of Australia’s greatest performers and songwriters, with 24 studio albums, multiple film soundtracks, and two live albums under his belt. 2017’s Life Is Fine finally saw Kelly achieve his first ARIA #1 album, also earning him ARIA Awards for Best Male, Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Cover Art, and Engineer Of The Year. He backed it up with another #1 album in 2018 with Nature.
Courtney Barnett has become one of Australia’s greatest musical success stories in recent years. From ferocious guitar work, to her distinctive vocals, and lyrical storytelling that is as confronting as it is compelling, she is an absolute force on and off the stage. The first female artist to win the ARIA for Best Rock Album, she’s also taken home triple j’s Album of the Year, the Australian Music Prize, and a Grammy nomination. Two EPs and her debut record Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit saw music fans the world over fall in love with Barnett, but since the release of her sophomore album, the mighty Tell Me How You Really Feel, her star has seriously exploded.
Legendary Australian voices continue down the bill with Kate Miller-Heidke. The award-winning singer-songwriter has soared across indie-pop, folk, and opera – becoming the only artist in history to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Coachella, and the Eurovision Song Contest (where she finished in the top ten by the way). Currently working on her fifth album, expect soaring singalongs and a stack of surprises when Miller-Heidke takes to the Making Gravy stage.
Rounding out the national touring lineup is the distinctively soulful vocals of New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams. Fast becoming a favourite with Australian audiences since releasing his stunning second album Make Way For Love, Williams’ unforgettable croon will pull at your heartstrings with ease. From duets with Florence Welch, Lorde, and Julia Jacklin, to sold-out tours around the globe, and even a guest spot in the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga film A Star Is Born – Williams makes a lasting impact everywhere he goes.
Performing in Sydney will be Gamilaraay woman and pop singer-songwriter Thelma Plum. If her latest performances, including a powerhouse set at Splendour in the Grass, are anything to go by this will be one to remember. Written and recorded across New York, London, and Sydney, her debut album Better In Blak captures the essence of what it’s like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia, traversing relationships, friendships, and society, and features appearances from the likes of Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe, Sir Paul McCartney, and Paul Kelly himself.
Paul Kelly will, once again, take his ‘Making Gravy’ tour around Australia in December 2019. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.