Sultan’s plans for a Dirty evening
DAN Sultan and Paul Kelly first met about a decade ago when Kelly asked Sultan to contribute to a Kev Carmody tribute album, and they have been mates ever since.
The pair are currently touring together for The Merri Soul Session, which recently stopped at Fremantle Arts Centre where Sultan will be returning to on February 28 during his Dirty Ground tour.
The intimate solo show follows the November 2014 release of Sultan’s stripped back and raw EP DirtyGround, in the same year his album Blackbird received the 2014 ARIA for Best Rock Album.
“Before Blackbird I was in a real rut for a long time and had lost a lot of confidence, but found once I came out the other side it was good to keep busy,” Sultan said.
“I’m writing a lot of songs now and thought I may as well keep churning them out and keep going. So I released the EP and am still writing now.”
The EP includes tracks Dirty Ground and On The Leffy (cowrittern with Kelly), Mountaintop (co-written with Paul Dempsey) and re-recordings of The Same Man and AGullibleFew.
It was recorded at friend Jan Skubizewski’s Melbourne studio in one day.
“Blackbird was so produced with overdubs and work put in every day for about two months and Dirty Ground is pretty much the absolute opposite of that,” Sultan said.
His solo show at Fremantle Arts Centre will show his diversity and continue the EP’s simplicity with an evening of song and storytelling.
“I enjoy being able to tell sto- ries and have a connection with the crowd,” he said.
“That intimacy can be intimidating but that’s OK.”
An evening of song and story-telling with Dan Sultan.