Private: Paul Kelly

Private: Paul Kelly. Photo: Martin Philbey

An ongoing multimedia investigation into one of our most private performers will move into Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on May 24. Paul Kelly & the Portraits is a National Portrait Gallery collection of paintings, photos and digital material spanning 34 years, including short films about the singer-songwriter's connections to Don Bradman, Kev Carmody, Vincent Lingiari and Archie Roach. The 3D Paul Kelly will return next month on The Painted Ladies Play Selections from the Loner, a CD tribute to the work of Bidjigal songwriter Vic Simms produced by You Am I drummer Rusty Hopkinson.

Melbourne Folk Club swap meet

The first month of the Melbourne Folk Club, Wednesdays at the Bella Union in Carlton, has gone "just about perfectly" according to organiser Alastair Burns. His vision of "an old-school folk room where the audience is dead quiet and the first act is treated with the same respect as the second" continues this week with a song swap session between Suzannah Espie and Mick Thomas, followed by New Zealand's Marlon Williams. Inspired by the diversity of the summer folk mecca of the Woodford Festival, Burns says future bills will challenge audiences with spoken word and comedy acts.

Suzannah Espie plays the Melbourne Folk Club this Wednesday.

Suzannah Espie plays the Melbourne Folk Club this Wednesday.

Melbourne Music Week mystery

Melbourne Music Week is inviting input from musos, producers, promoters and fans for its fifth annual city takeover from November 14 to 23. From DJs on trams to string quartets on bicycles, the 10-day week has become renowned for its wide embrace of the unexpected so words like "creative", "emerging", "diverse" and "unique" pepper the selection criteria at melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw. The mysterious location of the 2014 Hub is open to negotiation and existing events are also urged to get under the umbrella before the June 9 deadline.