Paul Kelly ★★★
The Domain, December 14
Reviewed by Kate Hennessy

Rebooted for a third year, Paul Kelly’s open-air tour Making Gravy is growing as iconic as the man himself. It’s even accruing marketing cliches like “unmissable live music experience”.

For many, it is unmissable. It’s a greatest hits show, after all, studded with the integrity of classy deep cuts and the sparkle of several newer songs.

Of course Kelly plays Before Too Long, Careless, To Her Door and Dumb Things. And of course, they are received ecstatically. Even the bats flap out from the fig trees for a velvety victory lap.

The familiarity of old faves is more like soul food than comfort food. Kelly may be “in the middle of a dream” on Dumb Things, but recent weeks in Sydney have felt more like a nightmare.

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