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Paul Kelly rocks hall

Night out: from left, Clive and Marg Lynn from Berrys Creek and Elaine and Ian Snell from Dumbalk were looking forward to the Paul Kelly concert at Memorial Hall last week.

Night out: from left, Clive and Marg Lynn from Berrys Creek and Elaine and Ian Snell from Dumbalk were looking forward to the Paul Kelly concert at Memorial Hall last week.

Good group: Tony and Therese Corbett and Jo McDonald made the trip from Traralgon to watch one of Australia’s favourite performers at Memorial Hall in Leongatha last week.

Good group: Tony and Therese Corbett and Jo McDonald made the trip from Traralgon to watch one of Australia’s favourite performers at Memorial Hall in Leongatha last week.

Loving it: Kylie Cooper (left) from Melbourne and Megan Wishart from Wonthaggi soaked up the atmosphere at the show on Wednesday.

Loving it: Kylie Cooper (left) from Melbourne and Megan Wishart from Wonthaggi soaked up the atmosphere at the show on Wednesday.

Family fun: from left, Heather, Steve and John Canning from Leongatha were settling in to enjoy the show featuring Urthboy and Paul Kelly at Memorial Hall last week.

Family fun: from left, Heather, Steve and John Canning from Leongatha were settling in to enjoy the show featuring Urthboy and Paul Kelly at Memorial Hall last week.

Loving it live: Russell Hemming (left) from Mitcham and Jim Ogden from Inverloch were looking forward to some great Australian live music at Memorial Hall last Wednesday.

Loving it live: Russell Hemming (left) from Mitcham and Jim Ogden from Inverloch were looking forward to some great Australian live music at Memorial Hall last Wednesday.

Support act: Urthboy.

Support act: Urthboy.

Australian icon: music great Paul Kelly.

Australian icon: music great Paul Kelly.

Electric night: Paul Kelly and band on stage.

Electric night: Paul Kelly and band on stage.

PAUL Kelly returned to Leongatha last Wednesday to play his new album Spring and Fall in its entirety, as well as some old classics, to an eager crowd.

Supported by Urthboy, the Memorial Hall concert was another sellout for local live music promoter, Lyrebird Arts Council.

The council’s Suzanne Henderson said the energetic vibe reflected the popularity of the show.

“Paul gave a fabulous show; we have had lots of positive comments. One of the things about Paul Kelly is he is kind of an Australian institution,” she said

“He is certainly one of the top Australian performers and his music has crossed generations.”

Around 660 people packed into both the lower and upper levels of the hall, eager to sit enjoy a world class show.

“I saw quite a lot of young people, who maybe hadn’t seen Paul Kelly before, or heard all of his music. He really appeals to just about everybody,” Ms Henderson said.

Spring and Fall is Kelly’s 19th studio album and was recorded in South Gippsland and released in October last year.

Graeme Wilson from Fish Creek said the show as one of the best he had seen.

“We have seen all the Lyrebird Arts Council’s shows in the last four or five years or so. Paul Kelly is so professional. He has a diverse range of music he plays and is obviously very well liked,” he said.

Mr Wilson has seen Paul Kelly three times.

“It was terrific and the feel among the people of how good the music was was incredible,” he said.

“He wrote the Spring and Fall album to be one continuous story, so to hear it as the continuous story live was quite exceptional.

“As a community we are totally spoilt by the quality of the music we get. We get world class stuff but Paul Kelly is a bit special.”

The next band to be presented by Lyrebird Arts Council is the American band Calexico at the Meeniyan Hall, which has sold out.

“Lyrebird presents eclectic music at its best. People are coming from across the state and even interstate to see them,” Ms Henderson said.

“We are pretty lucky we get to present a diverse range of music across all styles.”

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