If 2024 already feels overwhelming, give yourself a little gift and head to Anita’s Theatre Thirroul on Saturday night.
Multiple Aria Award winning musician Dan Sultan will be there with a couple of mates on acoustic guitars performing stripped back renditions of songs from his eponymous 2023 album, as well as older tunes.
“A good song is a good song and you should be able to play it in any way,” he said.
“I love to explore different ways of translating songs I’ve written, so we’ll sing some beautiful songs and have a nice time.
“We were rehearsing the other day; we all sing harmonies in the band show, but it was the first time we’d done it as a stripped back trio.
“We’re playing some really nice guitars; they’re really good guitar players and singers; we enjoy each other’s company and this tour has a beautiful, relaxed vibe – I just wanted to have the cruisiest tour ever.”
Life, as well as touring, post-COVID looks very different for Dan.
He and his wife welcomed their first child around the time of the first lockdown, which he said turned out to be a blessing for their little family.
“It was a very serious time and hard for so many people, so I don’t want to treat it lightly,” he said.
“But when it happened, I was feeling a bit over it if I’m going to be totally honest. I’d started working on this record, we had our first baby, and to be in our little bubble and just be together, it was nice.
“It gave me time to write and be a dad and husband and if I have any sort of identity that’s the number one part of it.”
The couple have since had a second child, and he said while it was tricky to unpack the ways his new role as a dad had affected his music, the process had been more of a transition than an abrupt shift.
Dan had already addressed his public struggles with alcohol addiction before he and his wife had children, and he said having kids gave him a greater sense of clarity about who he is.
“I was ready for a change when I had kids,” he said.
“It was pretty much a year to the day I’d stopped going out and having late nights; I was pretty mellow.
“I think I just became more of the person I was in the first place.
“My life is I get up and I go to write songs about my kids; I see them in the morning and we have fun; I go and do a writing session and come home and we listen to it and dance around in the kitchen.
“It’s made life pretty simple – if it’s good for my kids, I’ll do it, and if it’s not, I won’t.
“It’s good; I feel really fortunate.”
Another bonus was the completion of his fifth album, Dan Sultan. Think reflective lyrics, soaring, soulful vocals, and luscious harmonies.
After a string of theatre shows in 2023 to celebrate the release of his new album, Dan will hit up regional centres across NSW and Victoria to play his songs the way they were written.
Thirroul is one of the first stops on the tour, and a place the Arrente/Gurindji singer-songwriter likes to escape to from his Sydney home. He’ll then head to Milton, Bathurst and Wangaratta.
“I’ve played Anita’s before, but not for a few years,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful venue and so many amazing shows happen there.
“I enjoy getting out into the regions; I’ve always had a lot of support from regional areas and I think they can get a bit left out in terms of larger shows.”
To grab tickets to see Dan Sultan perform at Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul on Saturday, 3 February, head to Dan Sultan (anitastheatre.com.au)
For tickets to any of his other regional shows, head to Shows — Dan Sultan Website.