15 Sep 2016

Death’s Dateless Night


“Now can I drown an eye unused to flow
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night”
Sonnet 30 – William Shakespeare

Charlie and I had talked over the years about making a record together but had never got around to it. Driving to a friend’s funeral last year and discussing the songs we’d played at other such occasions, separately and together, finally gave us our frame. Songs mostly written by others  – Cole Porter, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Lennon/McCartney  – and some traditional.

We enlisted J Walker with whom I’d worked with previously on ‘Spring and Fall’ to engineer and co-produce the recording, taking over Charlie’s house at Arthurs Seat for a week at the end of February. We kept the sound live and sparse, just the two of us, except for the occasional vocal by family members – my sister Mary Jo and my daughters Maddy and Memphis.

I stuck to singing and playing acoustic guitar. Charlie was the swing man, playing dobro, lap steel, electric guitar, synthesizer and piano.  I managed to talk him into singing some harmonies too.

It’s interesting to look at the kinds of songs people request at funerals. They’re not always sad, of course.  They tend towards the philosophical, wide and deep in scope.

Paul Kelly, Aug 24, 2016
Paul and Charlie will perform their unique album of funeral songs under the HEAVENLY SOUNDS banner with intimate performances in churches and cathedrals around the country in November and December this year.

The album ‘Death’s Dateless Night’ is available on Friday October 7th on Gawd Aggie via Universal Music.

Heavenly Sounds Tour Dates:

With Special Guests Sweet Jean*

* (not appearing in Adelaide)

Tickets pre-sale on Wednesday 21 September and general public on-sale on Thursday 22 September via www.heavenlysounds.com.au and www.ticketmaster.com.au

Ticket Price: $75.00 + bf

More information on the tour can be found at www.heavenlysounds.com.au or www.paulkelly.com.au

Times: Doors 6:30pm // Sweet Jean 7:30pm // Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen 8:30pm


Friday November 18                         St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW

Tuesday November 22                     St David’s Cathedral, Hobart TAS

Wednesday November 23               St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne VIC

Wednesday November 30               St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

Saturday December 3                       Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide SA

Friday December 9                            St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane QLD