“Bringing it all back home.”
Paul Kelly is the latest artist to be inducted into SA Music’s revered Hall Of Fame, having the honour bestowed upon him yesterday (November 8) during the 2023 South Australian Music Awards.
Kelly appeared in person to accept the title, performing his 1974 classic The Streets Of Forbes alongside an a new cut – yet to be released, and performed live for the first time ever last night – called Going Down The River With Dad.
A spokesperson also acknowledged the honour in a post shared on social media, writing that Kelly’s induction acts as him “bringing it all back home”. As per the post, Kelly gave a speech at the event, talking about “his early musical memories”.
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Though his career boomed when he relocated to Naarm/Melbourne in the mid ‘70s, Kelly was born and raised in Kaurna/Adelaide, and frequently returns to the SA capital for gigs.
Last month, it was announced that a film based on Kelly’s 1996 hit How To Make Gravy would be the first feature project produced by Australian streamer BINGE. In announcing the film last May, Kelly said: “Dan and Joe and Rita and Angus and Dolly and all the others have been stuck inside that song so long, I’m glad they’re going to get a chance to live life a different way!”