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There are at least eight artists with the name Paul Kelly:
1) an Australian singer-songwriter
2) an American film and TV composer
3) an American soul singer & songwriter
4) an Irish folk singer and songwriter
5) a member of British bands Birdie and East Village
6) a member of English rock band Northern Uproar
7) an English multi-instrumentalist for The Islanders
8) an American bass player
9) a member of The Martial Arts and How To Swim

1) Paul Kelly is an Australian singer-songwriter, based in Melbourne, and widely considered as an icon of Australian music. He has released music under his own name and as Paul Kelly and The Messengers, Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls, and Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys. His output has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output comfortably straddles folk, rock, and even some country. His lyrics, simply and laconically voiced, have managed to speak to Australian experiences and history perhaps more broadly and directly than any other artist.

2) Paul Kelly is an American composer based in New York City. He is the talent that brings music to the world of film, TV, and advertising. He has been sought after by renowned directors, like Oliver Stone, for his blockbuster films, Savages, Any Given Sunday, Comandante and Oscar-Nominated short film Everything In This Country Must.


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  • callmesnake

    whos gonna make the gravy now?

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • alexxxkid

    Paul Kelly = my childhood. So great!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • blackhaws

    Just to confuse the name thing even more, there's a third Paul Kelly who is also good. This one does music for films, which ordinarily isn't all that interesting away from the films, but in this case the instrumentals stand up well on their own. It's moody guitar rock that's not hard rock, but it's not wimpy either. Here's a link to the AMG review of one of his albums.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • awesomosaurus

    How to make gravy.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • xiao_mei

    Man this is one talented singer songwriter! I discovered him thanks to a Tribute where Dan Kelly and Missy Higgins sang :)

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • QldMusicFest

    In a rare collaboration, iconic Australian singer/songwriter, Paul Kelly, teams up with internationally renowned jazz musician Paul Grabowsky, to create Meet Me In The Middle of the Air as part of Queensland Music Festival 2011! See

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • sdfgftutyu

    guys, where can I download "I Close My Eyes And Think Of You"?

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • VlCTORlOUSmarch

    peace. enough said.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Milky-Sheep

    Wipqozn - you should have opened with Cloud Control and the Middle East, most people would have stopped listening after you listed the first 5 acts. Sure they may be solid bands, but in the grand scheme of things they are going to do nothing for the Aussie music scene.

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Krankd

    such an amazing artist. His songs and lyrics are timeless and in many songs haunting. I gre up to paul kelly and recently got back into it

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Wipqozn

    Birds of Tokyo, Trial Kennedy, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Gyroscope, The Temper Trap, Whitley, Children Collide, Angus and Julia Stone, Paul Dempsey, Sparkadia, The Middle East, Cog, Cloud Control. They're my favorites right now, so many more I like and so many more I am keen to listen to. I know this is completely subjective and you probably don't like most of them but you can't say there isn't any good Australian music, must not be look hard enough...or at all

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Achmed_Tarquin

    I'm with Wipozn. Down here in Melbourne there are tonnes of good bands trying to get noticed. You just gotta get out there and wade through the crap, but the good is there

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Wipqozn

    perkins, what the hell are you on about? There are so many awesome Australia acts going around right now! Must not be looking in the right places...Paul Kelly is a legend though. Looking forward to seeing him for the first time

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SoulVoice

    When it comes to artists with a similar name, sucks!

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • samgil

    Not even half a million plays wow. He's sooo good. I love pretty much every track on songs from the south.

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Musicboehmy

    Hello... - Please visit my new Group „Singer-Songwriter of the week“ Link is Here can you vote for songwriter each week and so we created a Hall Of Fame. The Idea for the Group came from here:

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • JaneVisions

    Paul Kelly FTW

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • GuitarBassDrums

    Great show last night in Brisbane, PK. Cheers GBD

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • harajukudude

    a group for people who love to discover great bands that none of your friends know about !

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • nigels

    Sounds Australian to me.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
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