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Please Leave Your Light On

To call Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky Australian music royalty is no exaggeration. Sharing the stage for Singular Voices, the two Pauls are even more than the sum of their astronomical parts. Grabowsky and Kelly bring their ARIA-winning album Please Leave Your Light On to the City Recital Hall stage, diving deep into Kelly’s beloved songs (and Grabowsky’s astonishing powers to reimagine them) with nothing more than that voice and that piano (and the occasional harmonica). Inspired by Frank Sinatra’s partnership with orchestrator Nelson Riddle, Kelly and Grabowsky dive deep into “torch song” territory.

Kelly commented, “The reason I love working with Paul is that he always surprises me. He’s endlessly fertile, turning my songs inside out and upside down (to quote Diana Ross) and finding things in them I didn’t know were there. And that makes me sing them differently. Singing with Paul is like walking a tightrope. It’s as if we are acrobats together. We have to pay serious attention to one another to pull the songs off. I like that.”

Grabowsky added, “Paul is a generous collaborator, always listening closely to what I am doing, and giving me the freedom to bring my own interpretation to the songs. I think people will hear, and hopefully enjoy, the deep communication that we are bringing to the performance.”

8.00pm: Kee'ahn
9.00pm: Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky

Opening for Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky is Kee'ahn. A proud First Nations songwoman, Kee’ahn fully embodies the meaning of her name (“to dance, to sing, to play”), weaving lush melodies and words of heartbreak and healing with her spectacular, soulful voice.

Bold songwriters. Sublime acoustics. Enthralling solo concerts. Singular Voices at City Recital Hall invites contemporary artists of the highest calibre to step forth on one of the most visually and sonically beautiful stages in Australia, dissolving the boundary between listener and song with only the barest embellishment to their exceptional voices.

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Singular Voices is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW

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  • Paul Kelly
    Paul Grabowsky