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07 October 2008 Dan Kelly & Ukeladies

On a small island off Western Samoa, (Sa ‘Sacred’ and Moa “chicken’ in the local parlance)…….a lone ukulele chimes under the cries of starving seagulls, beyond the crash of surf on the bleached reef, factory ships scour the ocean floors.

Meanwhile on the beach three voices croon in sweet harmony, an island chorus, “As the sun sets, sing along, a simple tunes for cultures burned and gone….”

It is the ghost of Elvis, with two young Hollywood starlets?
Is it Enrique Iglesias holidaying with two soulful Russian tennis players?

No! Its Dan Kelly and The Ukeladies!!!!!!

With the planet in peril, Dan Kelly has taken time off recording his third album to team up with Melbourne’s premier faux Hawaiian duo, The Ukeladies, to release The S.U.V Song, which is available as a free download from

A timely ode to the sinking Samoan and Tuvaluan women as they resignedly gurgle insults at Westerners pottering about in their supersize automobiles, The S.U.V Song is another skewed, witty, sweetly melodic and bleak song from the pen of the man who brought us “Drunk On Election Night’ and the award winning LP Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth.

The S.U.V Song floats onto the airwaves this month, featuring possibly the world’s first ever mobile phone feedback solo, performed by the Ukeladies in true tropical Armageddon style. This ground breaking tele-communictaion experiment combined with their dreamy vocals and Dan’s crooning falsetto make for a match made in tropical heaven.

The summer winds will blow Dan Kelly and The Ukeladies around the country for a string of shows supporting Augie March, as well as a number of their own headline shows through October and November, see below for details.

21 January 2008 Dan Kelly - solo shows

Following his nomination for Best Male Artist at last year’s ARIA Awards, Dan Kelly has spent the past six months wandering the wilderness in a sack cloth and flying goggles seeking half truths and songs for his upcoming new record - tentatively titled ‘The Decommissioner’- and playing the odd gig or a hundred with Paul Kelly.

February sees Dan return to the stage in a more intimate form, playing two rare solo shows featuring a selection of tunes from his two critically acclaimed albums plus some newly penned songs and several impressive covers.

31 October 2007 ARIAs Again

Oh well,
Dan was up for best male artist at this year's ARIA Awards.
Though he didn't win, it was great that Goyte did (in his bare feet!).
We had a ball.
Best moment was when Lewis Boyce asked Nicole Kidman to take a photo of him with Ian Meldrum. And she did!

04 May 2007 Dan Kelly - GoBetweens tribute broadcast

Saturday 05.05 11:00pm ABC + Tuesday 08.05 10:00pm ABC 2

May 6, 2007 marks the anniversary of the death of singer/songwriter, Grant McLenna, who died unexpectedly, at age 48. jtv live: THE GO-BETWEENS TRIBUTE is a concert tribute to one of Australia's most influential bands.

Recorded at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre, David McCormack, formerly of Brisbane band Custard and longtime friend of The Go-Betweens, together with The Go-Betweens band members, Adele Pickvance (Bass), and Glenn Thompson (Drums), lead a stellar line up of musicians performing an assorted mix of The Go-Betweens songs.


This special concert was presented to an audience of over 1000 people, including ROBERT FORSTER, who is the surviving key songwriter of The Go-Betweens, and gave the audience a rare opportunity to hear these songs performed by such brilliant musicians.

04 January 2007 Dan Kelly - Inpress album of the year

We're chuffed, tickled pink and very happy that Dan & the Alpha's album, "Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth", was voted album of the year by Inpress magazine.

09 November 2006 Dan Kelly & the Mess Hall

Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males are heading back out on the road in Nov/Dec to play a bunch of NSW gigs with the Mess Hall.
Check the touring section for full details.

02 October 2006 Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males - J Award

Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males album, "Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth" has been chosen by JJJ as one of the final nominations for the 2006 J Award. The winner will be announced on Friday Dec. 1st.

13 September 2006 Dan Kelly - 2006 ARIA nomination

Dan Kelly has just been announced as one of the 5 finalists for the Best Male Artist category in this year's ARIA Awards.

16 August 2006 Dan Kelly - JJJ album of the week

Just as Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males start their national tour, JJJ has chosen the album, Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth, as album of the week.

06 July 2006 Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males - Drowning In It

Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth [Plastic Surgery Jam] is the new single lifted from the Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males' album of the same name - Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth (out 12th August 2006).

The song "Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth" (not to be confused with the album title) represents a key scene in the overall play, where Dan and The Alpha Males eloquently revile our on-going obsession with youth and image… singing in exquisite harmony “Watching the Western world die / Singing bye bye bye bye!”

Of course, it’s also a cracking rock song…. And hey, you’re young and good looking anyway, so what have you got to worry about ?

Dan & the guys have been working hard on the live scene having not long completed a big national run of dates with Augie March followed by a swag of shows with Claire Bowditch.

To celebrate the release of Dan Kelly's second album he's announced a sizeable tour of his own through August with special guests Ground Components.

See them at the following venues nationally...

Thurs 10 Aug - National Htl (Geelong)
Fri 11 Aug - Corner Htl (Melbourne)
Sat 12 Aug - Jive Bar (Adelaide)
Thurs 17 Aug - ANU Bar (Canberra)
Fri 18 Aug - Northern Star Htl (Newcastle)
Sat 19 Aug - Annandale Htl (Sydney)
Thurs 24 Aug - Sol bar (Coolum)
Fri 25 Aug - The Rev (Brisbane)
Sat 26 Aug - Coolanagatta Htl (Gold coast)
Sun 27 Aug - Great Northern Htl (Byron Bay)

Plus Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males (but no Groundies)...

Fri 15 Sept - Republic Bar (Hobart)
Sat 16 Sept - James Hotel (Launceston)
Sat 23 Sept - Amplifier Bar (Perth)
Sun 24 Sept - Newport Hotel (Fremantle)

16 June 2006 Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males on tour with Clare Bowditch

They only just finished up a successful tour with Augie March but the Alpha Males are back on the road again. This time they'll be supporting Clare Bowditch on her national tour. Starting June 22nd through until July 15th.
The new Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males album, Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth, will be released on August 12th.

12 April 2006 Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males on tour with Augie March

Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males head off on tour with Augie March from late April until late May.
The second DK & AM's album, tentitively titled "Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth", is set for release on July 31st.
The new single, "Babysitters Of The World Unite!", should be playing on your favourite radio station from late April.

11 December 2005 Dan Kelly - Cabaret style

After a successful national tour, and with the single 'Drunk on Election Night ' garnering rave reviews and high JJJ rotation, Dan Kelly, and his merry minstrels the Alpha Males, will perform a one-off Spiegeltent extravaganza on Saturday the 17th of December .

The band and Dan will perform songs from the new E.P. 'Pirate Radio' as well as the forthcoming album, "Drowning in the Fountain of Youth", and all their earlier minor hits in the intimate and splendid Spiegeltent setting.

The night promises to be a rollicking, storytelling show featuring epic guitar boogie and bent, tropical balladry with a guest theremin player, crazed percussion and introducing the sublime vocal talents of the Ukeladies.

A night not to be missed, come one, come all, roll up, roll up!

20 October 2005 Dan Kelly - Pirate Radio

We spent all morning trying to come up with the sort of dumb/witty headline for this news item that would have made an early 80s Sounds/NME/Melody Maker sub-editor proud. But we failed. Trouble is, the Sailors have pretty much used every pirate-related line we could think of. And we haven't had enough coffee yet to think of anything original.

Anyway, Dan Kelly & the Alpha Males have a new EP out on Oct 31st It's called Pirate Radio. It features 6 new tracks, including Drunk On Election Night (with it's sweet "motherfucker/cocksucker" chorus).

DK&AMs will be heading off on tour around the country throughout November (see touring section).