Rock god thaws a freez­ing au­di­ence

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PER­FORM­ING for thou­sands of avid mu­sic fans, Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss and the Prea­tures warmed a chilly Dir­ran­bandi night for a spe­cial char­ity event on Satur­day June 2.

Play­ing all his pop­u­lar hits such as To Her Door, Dumb

Things and Be­fore too Long,

Kelly the Aus­tralian rock mu­sic icon de­lighted rusted-on fans while no doubt wel­com­ing a new generation of young fol­low­ers.

Aiming to raise funds for the Dir­ran­bandi P-10 Agri­cul­tural Stud­ies Pro­gram, the event was run by the Dir­ran­bandi Pas­toral and Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion which is try­ing to sus­tain the pro­gram by of­fer­ing in­cen­tives to stu­dents com­mit­ted to stay­ing on the land.

A key fig­ure be­hind the event, Frank Deshon, ad­dressed the crowd on-stage and said the re­gion had been do­ing it tough with many set­backs hit­ting ru­ral ar­eas in quick suc­ces­sion.

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

CROWD STOP­PER: Paul Kelly belts out all his clas­sics.

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