DAN THE MAN Story by Tom Hearn

Good Singer Songwriters have a mercurial presence that draws a sweaty crowd. Great ones go beyond and embody what can be only described as the X factor. I don’t like using this term but the term was invented because sometimes there are no words to describe someone’s talent and overall appeal.

Dan Sultan has it. You only need to have a look at the countless pics on the net with adoring fans, mostly women, standing next to their idol after a concert somewhere in the world.

Elvis had it too and when you look at Sultan in full flight in one of the thousands of clips uploaded on youtube you begin to realize this man is old school rockabilly and blues. He’s country. He’s soul and he’s got the musicality, and the natural and unaffected gyrations of Cocker or Van in full flight, and of course a voice that demands its way into your heart and soul.

But this young man isn’t an island. It’s his collaborators that help drive this front man into the legend status. If the talented Dan Sultan band was an archipelago,  Scott Wilson would be the island with the abundant fresh wells of water. His guitar skills and song writing ability match Sultan’s voice and presence so perfectly you could be mistaken for comparing that great Aussie songwriting team of Barnes and Walker.

Luckily for his adoring fans Dan Sultan and his full band will be playing at this years inaugral National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA), and will be odds on favorite to win several categories after his win at this years ARIA’s.

Dan Sultan is up for the Act of the Year Award at this year’s NIMAs alongside Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

Dan will lead a line up of legendary Aboriginal musicians at this year’s inaugural National Indigenous Music Awards on August 19th in Darwin. The Deadlys and ARIA Awarded – Male Artist of the Year, is proud to bring the full band to Darwin and lead what is sure to be an historical night. Starring on the bill are classic performances by seminal Indigenous rock-bands Warumpi, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address. Joining them is Red Flag Dancers from Numbulwar; featuring the remarkable vocal powers of song-man Grant Nundhirribala [Yilila].

Additional performances include the Yanyuwa Song People Sessions with Shellie Morris and new-comer Iwantja. The Amphitheatre, Doors open 6pm, Show starts 7pm Adult $ 25, Concession $ 20, children under 12 free, Bookings:08-89434222, and visit the NIMA facebook for daily updates and stories.

Tickets can be booked at here [link: http://www.darwinfestival.org.au/2011-program/national-indigenous-music-awards/]

Generation One are a proud sponsor of the 2011 National Indigenous Music Awards. Over 3000 schools have registered for this years Hands Across Australia Song Competition . Entries close 23rd September 2011. To register your school simply go to the link above and get your music shoes on! 

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One Response to DAN THE MAN Story by Tom Hearn

  1. Narelle Pasco says:

    What a powerful story T, and if only I was ** years younger,

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