It was a beautiful evening in Sydney last night, not something we’ve been able to say very often of late. An early start at Taronga Zoo for the twilight series of concerts, and therefore an early exit from work is an added bonus to what is always an excellent night out. This Friday night had Bernard Fanning headlining.
This was a sterling lineup, as has been the case for a few years now. Opening proceedings was Tia Gostelow. She professed to be nervous, but you would never have known it, for she charmed the audience with her between-song chats. Potential suitors may wish to take note of the risk of behaving badly towards a singer-songwriter. Revenge can be sweet and permanent.
Next up was Olympia. It is always a treat to see her, and hearing the songs off Flamingo live reminds you what a great album that is. Her band is always tight, her voice and delivery was flawless. Olympia has real star-power. I’m hoping that we will see her headline here next year.
Bernard Fanning has the disarming ability to give you the perception that headlining a show like this is effortless. The setlist was generous, with plenty of songs for the die-hard Powderfinger fans. He opened with “Emerald Flame” off Civil Dusk. A chilling version of “The Day You Come” was delivered and warmly appreciated.
As the night was drawing to a close, Bernard warned the audience that an encore would only happen if they made a decent effort at impersonating bird-noises. Fortunately, the efforts were adequate, and they finished the night with “Sail The Wildest Stretch” (Golden Rule) and finally “Which Way Home” (Tea & Sympathy). We made our way home, well and truly sated with a fine delivery from a gifted story-teller.
Bruce was there to bring you these images.