Dan Sultan and the MSO are celebrating Blackbird in concert this July

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Dan Sultan and the MSO are celebrating Blackbird in concert this July

Dan Sultan
Words by Staff Writer

Due to overwhelming demand, the MSO has announced a second Dan Sultan x MSO concert on Saturday 13 July.

One of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, Dan Sultan boasts numerous accolades to his name, including 7 ARIA Awards across 6 categories, NIMA Awards, Top 5 ARIA-charting albums, and an ARIA-certified gold record.

During NAIDOC Week, Sultan will join the MSO to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of his third studio album Blackbird.

Dan Sultan and the MSO for NAIDOC Week

  • Date: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Tickets: on sale now

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Sultan will perform songs from the album and hits from his impressive catalogue. Under conductor Aaron Wyatt, the MSO will perform orchestral arrangements of Sultan’s tracks from Alex Turley, and original, MSO-commissioned artwork will adorn the Hamer Hall auditorium, from Sultan’s long-time collaborator Jarra Karalinar Steel.

Sultan says he jumped at the opportunity to reunite with the MSO on this special anniversary, after headlining the Orchestra’s 2023 performance One Song: The Music of Archie Roach.

“I loved the experience of making Blackbird. I spent two months in Nashville and worked with an incredible producer in Jacquire King and was able to take my band with me, Pete Marin and Josh Jones. We all had a wonderful time together and made something really special. It was a huge adventure and something I’ll always cherish. To bring this music to the MSO is a huge honour and a big challenge that I’m very excited about. I think we will make something very special once again.”

The album was released on 4 April 2014 and featured powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, rock and roll and soul jams, pure country tones, bare and aching ballads, harmonies, horns, banjos – even an Arabic scale or two.

Billed as ‘the simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity’, the album set Sultan’s wide-ranging talent as a songwriter and performer at the fore. Raw and honest, the album marks a clear turning point for an Australian musician coming into his own, stepping out to show the country and the world the many facets of his identity and artistry.

The esteemed singer-songwriter has also announced the release of a 10 Year Anniversary vinyl pressing of his acclaimed album Blackbird (out April 26 via Liberation Records), you can pre order here.