Sul­tan’s plans for a Dirty evening

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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