Paul Kelly Adds Antarctica To Continents He’s Played On

31 January 2024 | 3:41 pm | Mary Varvaris

"Just got off the ship. Not your average trip..."

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It’s official: Paul Kelly can say he played in Antarctica.

The unique show was announced last year, with the How To Make Gravy singer performing as part of Chimu Adventures' exclusive charter, Songs In The South.

Sharing a series of images on social media, Kelly played songs on his acoustic guitar to an intimate audience; everyone decked out in puffer jackets and beanies as he performed on a boat. He also shared images of glaciers and the gorgeous Antarctic Ocean.

In the caption, Kelly wrote, “Just got off the ship. Not your average trip. PK”.

You can check out the images below.

With Antarctica officially under his belt, Kelly has performed in Australia (of course), the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Cambodia, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Timor-Leste (per statistics).

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For his Songs In The South exclusive concert, Kelly was joined by renowned Australian journalists Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne, as well as local contemporary artist Ben Quilty.

Songs In The South is a 21-day voyage that departed on 8 January 2024 aboard Chimu’s polar vessel, the Ocean Endeavour. The adventure began in Ushuaia, then crossed the famous Drake Passage before “discovering the magnificent South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula itself.”

In a press release, the event itself was described like so: “Guests will then explore South Georgia, renowned for its significance to Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Endurance expedition and the world’s largest king penguin colony, then visit the Falkland Islands, known for its rugged beauty and unique birdlife.”

Kelly was initially supposed to perform in Antarctica in 2021 to raise funds for the World Wide Fund (WWF) and climate crisis group Groundswell Giving. Due to Australia’s international border being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the trip was delayed.

Chimu Adventure co-founder Chad Carey commented in February 2020, “Paul Kelly shares many of Chimu’s views about the environment and climate change, and his latest single [Sleep, Australia, Sleep] shines an important light on these issues.

“Being able to support WWF and The Groundswell Project via this expedition is something we are delighted to be able to do.”