Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ concert series returns to Sidney Myer Music Bowl this December
01.11.2021

Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ concert series returns to Sidney Myer Music Bowl this December

Making Gravy has become one of the most popular events on the music calendar.

Paul Kelly – Australian legend and writer of one of the best quasi-Christmas songs of all time – has announced the highly-anticipated return of his beloved Making Gravy tour this year, bringing a cracking lineup with it.

Making Gravy will return to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Thursday 9 December and Brisbane’s Riverstage on Saturday 18 December, where Kelly will be joined by his band with Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Kelly, Bill McDonald, Peter Luscombe, Ash Naylor and Cameron Bruce, as well as supports 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, who is opening proceedings at both shows.

The key takeaways 

  • 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 kicks off the festive season with the music of Paul Kelly’s four decade-long career.

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Now in its fourth year, Making Gravy kicks off the festive season with the music of Paul Kelly’s four-decade-long career, reserving a special place for the Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’.

Anyone who follows Paul Kelly, knows the depth and detail that makes his work so enduring. Making Gravy is no exception and has become a certified classic since it was first penned; its place cemented in the contemporary Australian songbook.

“The band and I are really looking forward to getting back to some shows again after the disappointment of last year and the frustration of this,” Paul Kelly says.

“We have some extra Christmas content this year and a great lineup 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 (out November 19 through EMI Music).

The 22-song double album travels across the centuries, from a Latin hymn to well-known carols, from a traditional Irish folk ballad to songs with an unmistakable local flavour, 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 initial release.

On board Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train album is 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 band-mate Dan, siblings Mary-Jo and Tony, and Paul’s daughters Maddy and Memphis Kelly.

Following his Making Gravy tour, Paul Kelly with his band will continue their sold-out ‘On The Road Again’ East Coast regional tour throughout Victoria and New South Wales in March-April.

See 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 Thursday, November 4 while general public tickets go on sale Monday, November 8 via Frontier Touring