Making Gravy has become one of the most popular events on the music calendar.
Paul Kelly – Australian legend and author of one of the best quasi-Christmas songs of all time – has announced the long-awaited return of his beloved Making Gravy tour this year, bringing with him an exciting lineup.
Making Gravy returns to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Thursday 9 December and Brisbane’s Riverstage on Saturday 18 December, with Kelly joined by her band with Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Kelly, Bill McDonald, Peter Luscombe, Ash Naylor and Cameron Bruce, as well as support from the likes of Brisbane indie rock / pop masters Ball Park Music, Brisbane singer-songwriter / producer Sycco and acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks, which opens the negotiations at both shows.
What you need to know
- Making Gravy returns to Melbourne and Brisbane in December 2021.
- Paul Kelly and his band with special guests Ball Park Music, Sycco and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks.
- Now in its fourth year, Making Gravy begins the party season with music from Paul Kelly’s four-decade-long career.
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Now in its fourth year, Making Gravy begins the Christmas season with music from Paul Kelly’s four-decade-long career and reserves a special place for the Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’.
Anyone who follows Paul Kelly knows the depth and detail that make his work so enduring. Making Gravy is no exception and has become a certified classic since it was first written; its place cemented in the contemporary Australian songbook.
“The band and I are really looking forward to coming back to some shows again after the disappointment of last year and the frustration over this,” says Paul Kelly.
“We have some extra Christmas content this year and a great selection of artists and guests to help us bring it all home.”
In perfect timing is Kelly’s just announced new – and first Christmas – album, Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train (released November 19 via EMI Music).
The double album of 22 songs travels through the centuries, from a Latin hymn to well-known Christmas songs, from a traditional Irish folk ballad to songs with an unmistakable local flavor and a sparkling new version of one of the greatest Australian Christmas songs of them. all, Kelly’s own ‘How To Make Gravy’ recorded 25 years after its first release.
On board Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train album are Paul Kelly and his band with vocalists Marlon Williams, Emma Donovan, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Vika & Linda Bull, Waleed Aly, Lior, Alice Keath, Sime Nugent, Alma Zygier, Emily Lubitz, Jess Hitchcock and Dhungala Children’s Choir; and contributions from the Kelly clan, including nephew and bandmate Dan, siblings Mary-Jo and Tony, and Paul’s daughters Maddy and Memphis Kelly.
Following his Making Gravy tour, Paul Kelly and his band will continue their sold-out ‘On The Road Again’ regional tour of the East Coast throughout Victoria and New South Wales in March-April.
Watch Making Gravy at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Thursday 9 December and Brisbane’s Riverstage on Saturday 18 December. Pre-sale tickets go on sale on Thursday, November 4th, while tickets for the public go on sale on Monday, November 8th via Frontier Touring.