Feb 9, 2015
With the arrival of Dan Sultan’s new solo EP, Dirty Ground, the Melbourne muso today backs up the news with an announcement of solo tour dates for February and March.
Dirty Ground bursts with sparse, stunning songs and was recorded in just one day with Jan Skubizewski of Way of the Eagle. It features co-writes with legendary local musicians Paul Kelly, for the title track ‘Dirty Ground’ and ‘On The Leffy’; and Paul Dempsey, for ‘Mountaintop’. Also included on the EP is the poignant ‘Man on TV’, which Sultan wrote whilst in Nashville.
The majority of tracks have been part of Dan’s repertoire for some time – amongst his original demos for Blackbird – but the musician felt they were better suited to a solo release due to their stripped back, raw and emotive nature. They show another side to the ARIA-winning rockstar we’ve come to know through Blackbird.
You can take a look at Dan’s striking live rendition of ‘Mountaintop’ here:
The live version of the EP track was also recorded at the Way of the Eagle Studios.
The Dirty Ground tour will take Dan back on the road in intimate solo mode. The shows will allow him to fully showcase his unique talent as not only a singer and songwriter, but a teller of stories – perfect for fans who would prefer to see him in a close setting, and experience the album and EP in their rawest and most emotive forms.
“I enjoy playing with my band and I also enjoy playing solo. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road with more space on the tour bus.” – Dan Sultan
Opening up the solo shows will be popular folk rockers, Pierce Brothers. The last year has been one wild ride for these local musicians, with their latest EP The Night Tree coming in at #21 on the ARIA Charts. The boys recently sold out five headlining shows in their hometown of Melbourne – an astonishing feat without major radio play or label support.
This tour is proudly presented in association with the GO! Foundation, which Dan serves as an ambassador. The GO! Foundation aims to assist Indigenous Australian youths achieve their goals through education scholarships. A portion of the tour profits will be donated directly to the foundation which was co-founded by Australian of the Year Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin.
In the lead up to the tour, Dan will performed on a bunch of the hottest Summer festivals including the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Falls Festivals in Lorne, Byron Bay and Marion Bay, and the Riverboats Festival in Echuca.
Dan was nominated for five ARIA Awards in 2014, winning the coveted award for Best Rock Album.
DAN SULTAN TOUR DATES
Feb/ March solo shows presented by Tonedeaf and in association with the GO! Foundation. Support from Pierce Brothers. Tickets on sale October 31.
Saturday 1 ANZAC Albany with WASO – Albany WA
Monday 3 Mushroom Free For All at Margaret Court Arena – Melbourne VIC
Saturday 22 Homeground at the Sydney Opera House – Sydney NSW
Friday 28 Queenscliff Music Festival – Queenscliff VIC
Monday 29 Falls Festival – Lorne VIC
Tuesday 30 Falls Festival – Byron Bay NSW
Friday 31 Falls Festival – Marion Bay TAS
Friday 13 Zoo Twilights – Melbourne VIC
Saturday 14 Riverboats Music Festival – Echuca VIC
Thursday 19 Aurora Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights – Adelaide SA *
Friday 20 Aurora Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights – Adelaide SA *
Saturday 21 Rockford Wines – Tanunda SA *
Tuesday 24 Araluen Arts Centre – Alice Springs NT
Wednesday 25 Playhouse at Darwin Entertainment Centre – Darwin NT
Friday 27 Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton WA
Saturday 28 Front Garden at Fremantle Arts Centre – Fremantle WA
Sunday 1 Nannup Music Festival – Nannup WA
Friday 6 West Gippsland Arts Centre – Warragul VIC
Saturday 7 Theatre Royal – Castlemaine VIC
Tuesday 10 Powerhouse Theatre – Brisbane QLD
Wednesday 11 Arts Theatre at Gold Coast Arts Centre – Gold Coast QLD
Friday 13 Taronga Zoo – Sydney NSW
Saturday 14 Blue Mountains Folk Festival – Katoomba NSW *
Sunday 15 Anita’s Theatre – Thirroul NSW
Tuesday 17 Newcastle City Hall – Newcastle NSW
Wednesday 18 Street Theatre – Canberra ACT
Thursday 19 Street Theatre – Canberra ACT
Saturday 21 National Theatre – St Kilda VIC
*Pierce Brothers not performing
DIRTY GROUND EP OUT NOVEMBER 7 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Australia’s most mesmerizing soul songstress Ms Murphy has announced that her new EP ‘Stride’ will be released on October 17th. The first single from the EP, ‘Don’t Let It Go’ is also set for release the same day.
Ms Murphy returned to the studio in mid-2014 to begin work on ‘Stride’, partnering with ARIA award-winning producer Jan Skubizsewski (Cat Empire, Phrase, ILLY). “These new tracks are hopeful and speak of overcoming times in my life when I have been tried and tested,” Ms Murphy explains. “The lyrics revolve around loss, which I’ve learnt leads us to find out how strong we actually are. Life experiences that are isolating are the very thing that connect us all.”
First honing her musical skills in church before blowing away the Australian public on The Voice in 2013, Ms Murphy – stage name of Karen Andrews – has quickly become the defining voice of soul music in Australia. Her unique vocals tell stories of heartache, honesty and uncompromising conviction, and effortlessly leave an impression on listeners.
After making it through to the Top 8 on The Voice, Ms Murphy toured nationally; both solo as well as on tour with her coach Ricky Martin. Ms Murphy also began recording her debut EP, ‘White Dress & the Spirit’ with prominent Australian producer Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos), which quickly moved into the Top 10 iTunes albums chart, thanks in part to the hand-clapping, upbeat, brass heavy rhythms of lead single, ‘Ritual Union’. The release was supported by the sell-out White Dress & the Spirit Tour, played inside iconic venues in NSW and Victoria, such as The Basement and The Toff In Town in the early part of 2014.
With the imminent release of ‘Stride’, audiences are set to experience more from the dynamic performer on tour throughout late 2014. Dates include Australia’s first ever SoulFest, alongside Grammy award winning neo soul, jazz and hip hop icons Maxwell, D’Angelo and Common. The Love Tribe, as Ms Murphy’s fans are affectionately known, is set to expand, as she delivers her world-class soulful style alongside her contemporaries, making her mark and taking it all in her stride, as only she can.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Friday 19 September Lizotte’s Dee Why, Sydney NSW
Saturday 20 September Lizotte’s Central Coast, Kincumber NSW
Sunday 21 September Lizotte’s Newcastle, Lambton NSW
Saturday 18 October SoulFest Victoria Park, Sydney NSW
Sunday 19 October SoulFest Yarra Park, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 25 October SoulFest Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 8 November Djerriwarrh Festival, Melbourne VIC