WANT TO GO?
With Rich Robinson, Cowboy Junkies, Anais Mitchell and Paul Kelly
WHERE: Culture Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets sold out. Any available tickets will be at the Culture Center at 5 p.m. Sunday for $25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Paul Kelly's performance on "Mountain Stage" will be a bit shorter than the Australian singer/songwriter is used to.
"They usually just give us 15 or 20 minutes," he said.
That's just three or four songs, which he said he's always happy to do. He has another kind of show, though, that would take a bit longer than even the whole of a two to two-and-a-half hour "Mountain Stage" taping. He calls it his "A to Z" show. It's 105 of his songs usually performed over four nights -- in alphabetical order.
He estimates, without breaks, it would take around 10 hours or so to complete the list.
"We've never done it all in one day," Kelly said and laughed. "I haven't tried it -- and I don't think I will."
However, he and his band have pulled it off in two nights before.
"Well, in the States, we usually do the 50 songs in two nights," he said. "And they're kind of sped up for American audiences. But we do get through the alphabet."
The question, of course, is why?
"I've asked myself that, too," Kelly joked, but explained that the origins of the concert go back to 2004 when the Australian was booked for four nights in the Spiegeltent at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.