Cahill Kelly - album launch

Cahill Kelly - album launch

6:30pm, Sat 12 February, 2022

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This show has been rescheduled to be on Thursday 20 January, 2022. Tickets purchased for August 20 will be valid for the new date, however there will be a window for refunds. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Melbourne indie-folk-rock revivalist Cahill Kelly launches his debut record "Classical and Cool Jazz" at the Brunswick Ballroom. Cahill Kelly will be performing with his full band as well as special guests and supports Hannah Kate and Forever Son.

Classical and Cool Jazz was released on Wednesday 21 July through local independent mainstays Cheersquad Records and Tapes. An album that features a slew of local performers including Grace Cummings, Harmony Byrne and long-term collaborator Lain Pocock, Classical and Cool Jazz sees the self-taught, multi-instrumentalist lean into a sea of ‘70s inspired influences, spanning Lennon's renowned Plastic Ono Band through to various Bob Dylan cuts. These reference points see Kelly take psychedelic detours before landing back to a place where a simple folk song possesses remarkable depth, warmth and sonic abundance.

The first single taken from Classical and Cool Jazz is ‘World Upon a Shelf’, a track filled with swagger and sentimental musing. Using objects on his mantlepiece as a source of lyrical inspiration, ‘World Upon a Shelf’ sees Kelly reflecting on the notion that all our encounters throughout life contain profound meaning beneath the surface.

“When writing ‘World Upon a Shelf’, I was trying to see if I could write a song about even the most mundane of subjects while still evoking some kind of narrative and emotion,” says Kelly.

“At the time I had a number of sentimental trinkets from various countries on a mantlepiece above my desk. I ended up finding deeper meaning in the song, reflecting on the idea that everything we come across in life, be it places, people, objects, ideas, once you take a deeper look there’s always so much more to the story.”

Originally from far North Queensland, a young Kelly grew up on a diet of Crowded House and Tom Petty. Later, he channelled his heroes in his first musical projects, The Broken Needles and Willow Darling. With the latter seeing him assume the role of a natural frontman, Kelly developed a knack for writing songs about everyday life with sparkling detail and depth, delivered with casual grace.

'Beyond the Weathered Pale' is a song dedicated to the “what ifs?” of life, while ‘Milania’ is an ode to a lollypop lady whom Kelly spoke with every day. Songs also deal with much more personal issues, with the tracks ‘Bluesday Chews’ and ‘Goldfish Bowlin’ reflecting on comedowns and substances with striking honesty.

Photo credit: Gil Gilmour

The Brunswick Artists' Bar and Brunswick Ballroom will be operating under the Victorian State Government vaccination mandate. Therefore, as outlined in the Victorian Roadmap, only patrons, staff and artists who are double vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the venue.

Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App with a valid Vaccination certificate as they enter the venue.


Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App as they enter the venue.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport. 


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show, and will be open from 6:30pm.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.