Original Music by Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan

Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and magnetic Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan pay tribute to the words of W.B. Yeats and other great Irish poets in this premiere collaboration between two inimitable artists.

Ancient Rain combines original songs and music, together with spoken word inspired by more than a century of Irish writing. Paul and Camille inhabit a range of characters in this mesmerising performance, revealing a tapestry of themes, from the cost of love, the price of independence, to the inadequacy of faith and the power of forgiveness. 

Ancient Rain is no ordinary concert. Created in collaboration with composer/pianist Feargal Murray and director Chris Drummond, it creates a delicate visual poetry through a series of simply staged moments, and sheds new light on the artistry of these celebrated Australian and Irish musicians. Camille O’Sullivan’s majestic vocal command and Paul Kelly's ingeniously understated yet evocative lyricism unite here in the service of stories of love, loss and redemption.

“…Kelly’s a unique, very Australian voice. No performer in this country quite expresses yearning like he does. There’s an ache in his voice, and in the best of his songs – a story.” The Guardian


Paul Kelly
Camille O'Sullivan

Feargal Murray Piano
Paul Byrne Drums and percussion
Dan Kelly Electric guitar
Sokol Koka Cello


Paul Kelly
Feargal Murray
Camille O’Sullivan

Chris Drummond Director (Brink productions)
Gaelle Mellis Designer
Neil Simpson Lighting designer
John O’Donnell Sound designer
Lee-Anne Donnelley Creative producer (Far and Away productions)


    Recommended for those aged 13 years and older

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Presented by QPAC as a part of the Queensland Cabaret Festival
Produced by Far and Away Productions in association with Brink Productions

Pricing Guide

ADMISSION Premium $94 A-Reserve $79 B-Reserve $69 C-Reserve $59

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Media Reviews

"A thing of dark beatuy" By The Age

"When [Camille O’Sullivan] sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite." By The Telegraph (UK)

"[Camille O’Sullivan] treats every song as an intense emotional journey…hypnotic… such an outpouring of passion you can't resist being drawn into her web." By Independent (UK)