It certainly takes a special type to be a veteran of five albums at the ripe old age of 25, so it's clear that <B>Andrew Morris</B> is doing something right. For one, he's ridiculously easy to like – he plays the kind of strumming acoustic folk that's simple and polite, yet obviously heartfelt and almost instantly engaging. The fact that Morris has a solid set of pipes on him certainly doesn't hurt, either – the acoustics of the Heritage Hotel assisted in his voice ringing out with a gorgeous clarity. Though Morris was evidently a tad annoyed with some punters ignoring him completely in favour of their dinner, he soldiered on like the professional troubadour that he is – a charming, relaxing beginning to the evening's proceedings.
It wasn't long before the man of the moment waded his way through a packed-in Heritage to join his songwriting partner, Scotty Wilson, on stage. <B>Dan Sultan</b> has had a remarkable year, full of awards and long-awaited recognition, and it's with this intimate acoustic tour alongside Wilson that he is seeing out the year. What better way, too, than with sold-out and truly adoring audiences such as the one the duo played before tonight in Bulli? Sultan and Wilson are in fine form throughout the evening, mixing their electric and acoustic guitars in a sweetened blend, as well as having some crystal-clear vocal harmonies thrown in for good measure. Though we were all happy to chat when the music stopped, the duo commanded complete silence while they performed – both out of pure respect and out of awe of the power of their music.
The concept of national fame does not seem to have affected Dan in the slightest, laughing and joking with the audience like they were old mates at the pub in-between songs. As a matter of fact, the onstage banter occasionally threatened to be better than the songs themselves – discussing everything from school formals to hanging out with INXS, they kept the audience interacting and laughing, truly making all feel at home.
Is it really any surprise this has been Dan Sultan's year? After a great second album and successful tours with both a seven-piece band and just himself and Wilson, to say the man is moving from strength to strength is an understatement. Tonight felt less like a performance and more like a get-together or a campfire singalong between longtime friends, and you can't really ask for much more than that.