Six months after his Shakespeare album, Seven Sonnets & A Song, Kelly joins forces with guitarist Charlie Owen to deliver a collection of funeral songs. The album – which takes its title from a Shakespeare sonnet – sees them tackle tracks such as Townes Van Zandt’s To Live Is to Fly, The Beatles’ Let It Be and Maurice Frawley’s Good Things. “They’re not always sad, of course,” Kelly says. “They tend towards the philosophical, wide and deep in scope.” Strangely uplifting, the album also shows what a fine singer Kelly is. His wonderfully expressive yet understated voice is capable of conveying every emotion.
Death’s Dateless Night is out now via Gawdaggie/Universal.