The heart and & hand of Australian Music
SUPPORT ACT HONOURS
Julia Stone, Urthboy, Thelma Plum and Paul Kelly confirmed to perform
Andrew Denton confirmed to host
Tickets on sale from 10.00am – Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Support Act are proud to announce that Australia’s unofficial poet laureate, Paul Kelly, will be presented with Support Act's charity award in recognition of their invaluable services to the Australian community at the Music in the House lunch on Wednesday, 18 May 2016, at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.
The focus of Music in the House is to honour members of the music industry who, by their tireless efforts and charitable works, have made a difference and enriched the fabric of the broader Australian community. Previous recipients of the award have been Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock, Don Spencer, Richard Clapton, John Paul Young, Russell Morris, John Butler and The Sapphires.
Support Act is also thrilled to confirm that Andrew Denton will be hosting the lunch and Julia Stone, Thelma Plum and Urthboy will be performing at the event, as will Paul Kelly himself.
Paul Kelly has recorded 21 studio albums as well as several film soundtracks and two live albums, and was inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.
During a career spanning 30 years, he has produced an astonishing repertoire of memorable songs with lyrics describing everyday aspects of Australian life. Much of Paul Kelly’s work reflects his social conscience, with commentary on important social and historical events and their significance to Australian identity. He also refers to the vast Australian landscape and our culture and has written or co-written several songs on Indigenous Australian social issues, one of his most famous compositions being From Little Things Big Things Grow, co-written with Kev Carmody, describing how the Gurindji people’s claim sparked the Indigenous land rights movement.
In 2001, APRA listed the Top 30 Australian songs of all time, of which two had been written by Paul, including the classic Treaty, co-written with Aboriginal band, Yothu Yindi.
Paul has always crossed musical boundaries and continues to do so. The triple j tribute album Before Too Long, released in 2010, featuring John Butler, Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Paul Dempsey, Ozi Batla and many others is evidence of his influence on generations of musicians.
His first work of prose How To Make Gravy, a self described ‘mongrel memoir’, was published in 2010 and is accompanied by a CD box set of live recordings and an audio book with readings from Paul and some of Australia’s finest actors Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Judy Davis and Ben Mendelsohn.
In August 2012, Paul Kelly – Stories Of Me, a feature-length documentary premiered in Melbourne and is an intimate portrait of the very private man behind the music.