Little lane provides Kelly with big honour

August 4, 2022 9:00 pm in by

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Adelaide-born singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has had a city lane in his home town named in his honour.

Pilgrim Lane, which runs between Flinders Street and Pirie Street in the Adelaide CBD, has become Paul Kelly Lane.

Kelly joins other prominent SA artists to be recognised in such a way, including Cold Chisel and Sia.

Since releasing his first album in 1981, Kelly has produced some of Australia’s most iconic songs, including Dumb Things, How to Make Gravy and From Little Things Big Things Grow.

Kelly said he was particularly pleased his lane was so close to the Adelaide Town Hall, given his 50-year association with the venue, “from playing trumpet at school speech nights, attending concerts and, later on, doing my own shows”.

Adelaide Mayor Sandy Verschoor said Kelly’s inclusion in the city of music’s Laneways project was worthy recognition for a favoured artist.

“Like most Australians I have fond memories of listening to Paul Kelly songs, so I love that we can have the laneway named in his honour,” she said.

“We have an incredible musical history, with so many great artists having close connections to this city, its live music venues and wonderful festivals.”

The Laneways project will next honour Adelaide rock band The Angels.

© AAP 2022

Photo: Paul Kelly (AAP Image/David Moir)


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