Australia’s own national treasure Dan Sultan hit the road this month for a short run of exclusive solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Playing to a sold out room at The Rosemount Hotel, Sultan, armed with only a guitar, keys and his soulful deep voice didn’t disappoint fans and left us asking “Is Dan Sultan Australia’s answer to Elvis?”. Dan may well be Australia’s very own Elvis with his slick back hair, undeniably good looks and charm… but with even more soul and social conscious.
Dan laid himself bare with candid talks about his sobriety between dad jokes and performances that oozed charisma, raw talent and hit you right in the feels. The audience was pleasured with older hits like Walk Though My Dream and Get Out While You Can, new music Drover and Kingdom from his 2017 released album Killer, and a very special work in progress he has named Trying To Get Home. Trying To Get Home was explained by Dan as a tale of a time when the Afghans came to Australia in the 1800s and an Afghan man and an Indigenous women fell in love, immigrated back to Afghanistan, and generations later due to conflict in Afghanistan their descendants find themselves on a boat trying to get back to Australia. Heavy, and timely. A gentle reminder that we are all citizens of this world and should be kind and welcoming to one another. A perfect message leading up to Christmas.
Sultan’s music has the ability to appeal to everyone. Whether your preference in music is heavy, classical or country – you’d be hard pressed not to find something you find very appealing. Dan Sultan’s talent, kind nature and vulnerability is heard in every note, beat and lyric of his music. Dan is the man (Dad jokes and all).
Kudos to the Rosemount, the sound in the room was impeccable from every corner, the perfect venue for the intimate show that was Dan Sultan Solo. Not one flat note. Not one disappointed fan. If they are calling this Dan’s comeback, he’s back!
Photos by Esteban Rodoni