Australian songsmith at Oran Mor

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HE HAS been likened to Elvis Costello for his truthful and tuneful songwriting, and he’s coming to Glasgow

Australian Paul Kelly has been making solo albums since 1985 — 25 albums in total over the years.

This year he comes bearing gifts: a double, greatest hits album packed with songs from the past 27 years.

Paul gives a broad range to his songwriting, covering themes of sex, death, memory, friendship and love and with the changing nature of someone writing over that length of career, there’s a diversity of attitude within the songs.

He has been noted as much for his weaving of comedy and tragedy as the wide variety of genres he embraces including folk, rock, bluegrass, electronica and dub reggae.

Now 56, Paul is innovating and refreshing his back catalogue.

His greatest hits album — Songs from the South — encapsulates this music at its best as all 39 tracks were hand-picked by the man himself.

However, Song from the South is just the tip of the iceberg of the wealth of essential music that Paul has lent his hand to over the past years but it reaffirms him as one of the most important voices in modern music.

Paul Kelly is playing at the Oran Mor on Byres Road on Wednesday, February 1 contact 0141 357 6200 for more details.