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Paul Kelly goes old school

Paul Kelly is going old school with The Merri Soul Sessions: eight new tracks spread over four vinyl singles.

The project was conceived, he said, "as a series of singles involving different singers", including Vika and Linda Bull, Kira Puru and Dan Sultan.

"I was thinking of the days when albums were simply a collection of singles ... I wanted to go back to that and make something beautiful and pleasurable and tactile," Kelly said

Clairy Browne fronts Keep on Coming Back for More on the first record, out now via pledgemusic.com. All the tracks will be pressed to LP next year. For the technologically challenged, download options also apply.

Forest Collective's Garden blooms

Mozart, Sondheim and Coldplay are equal partners in The Garden, the second production by the multidisciplinary Forest Collective premiering at Kew Courthouse this Friday through Sunday. The song cycle morphed out of a one-man opera by director Evan Lawson, and traces the rise and collapse of a romantic liaison with a six-piece chamber ensemble fronted by vocalists Rosemary Ball and Michael Lampard (pictured, with Katriona Tsylrin and Tamara Kohler). The "immersive experience" will feature tactile and projection elements, and precedes the eclectic collective’s first foray into physical theatre at La Mama in October. kewcourthouse.com.au

Party time for pioneering jazz drummer

Revered jazz man Allan Browne has had to concede after six decades behind the kit that "it's easier to play the drums than set them up." The highly awarded Australian jazz pioneer will celebrate his 70th birthday over three nights at Bennetts Lane. Next Monday his quintet will preview its new project based on Homer's Odyssey. On Tuesday he'll retrace his trad New Orleans roots. Paul Grabowsky joins him on August 19 for If Memory Serves: uncharted impressions of their ARIA-winning early '90s collaborations. After three years of Sunday nights in St Kilda, nor is he planning to miss a beat at Claypots with his wife Margie Lou Dyer.