LEGENDARY Australian rock artist come AO recipient Paul Kelly has joined forces with fellow esteemed Aussie musician Charlie Owen to headline this weekend’s Riverboats music festival.
Not a match made in heaven, but rather at a funeral.
The pair had been talking about doing a record together for years, but it wasn’t until they were driving to a friend’s funeral that they decided on a theme.
Songs played at funerals were what brought them together and will be some of what they bring to Aquatic Reserve on Sunday.
‘‘Discussing the songs we’d played at other such occasions, separately and together, finally gave us our frame,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘Songs mostly written by others – Cole Porter, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Lennon/McCartney and some traditional.
‘‘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.’’
The dynamic duo are coming off the back of a two-month tour where they debuted their album Deaths Dateless Night.
Performing in churches and cathedrals in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane the artists brought their new sound to life.
They will bring this new sound and some golden oldies to the Riverboats stage on Sunday.
The duo will round out the weekend’s entertainment and can be seen from 4pm.