Album cover artwork for Paul Kelly with black vinyl record popping outPaul Kelly doesn’t do things by halves. Twenty-five years after his Christmas classic How To Make Gravy, he’s delivered his first Christmas album, a 22-song set that’s epic, educational, festive and fun.

All are welcome on Kelly’s Christmas Train, probably the most eclectic Christmas collection ever released. Waleed Aly reads a piece from the Quran. Lior leads a beautiful version of the traditional Jewish song Shalom Aleichem. Marlon Williams sings O Holy Night in Māori. Kelly records a couple of new Aussie crackers – Casey Bennetto’s Swing Around the Sun and Chris and Wes Harrington’s Christmas. Alice Keath sings a verse of Silent Night in German. And before you know it, Kelly and Alma Zygier are wondering, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? There’s a new version of Gravy. All aboard!

Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train by Paul Kelly is out now via EMI.

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