Born in Adelaide in 1955, Paul Kelly (pictured) left that city after his schooling to wander Australia with a guitar and a love for words. Landing in punk-mad Melbourne, Paul Kelly and the Dots was formed and two albums of guitar-driven songs penned by Paul were released. Then in 1985, after the break up of that band, Paul wandered up to Sydney with a couple of grand in his pocket to record Post, which Rolling Stone called the best album of 1985. His star was rising. He followed that success with the double album Gossip, which cemented his reputation as a songwriter and performer.Since then he has recorded a dozen albums, written three sound tracks (he collaborated with Professor Ratbaggy and Shane OMara to write the soundtrack for the award-winning film Lantana) and worked with many other performers. He has become an Australian icon, with songs like From Little Things Big Things Grow etched into the Australian psyche.This great Australian singer-songwriter and his band will perform at the Ballina RSL Club next Tuesday, January 24.Paul will be showcasing his new album Nothing But a Dream a more reflective, introspective and meditative album, he says.Tickets are $35 and available on 6686 2544. Book early.Gig starts at 7.30pm.