A deadly line-up of First Nations talent will be showcased at the one-time only Deadly Hearts concert as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Hosted by Adelaide Festival Centre in association with Home of The Arts and ABC Music, Deadly Hearts sees musicians Dan Sultan, Tia Gostelow, Aodhan and Kee’ahn perform.
The event will be hosted by comedian Steph Tisdell and aim to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, identity and talent.
Inspired by the ABC Deadly Hearts album, the show brings together artists who blend beautifully, yet hold their own.
Deadly Hearts will see two male artists in ARIA Award-winning musician, writer and performer Dan Sultan and newcomer 16-year-old Dharawal man, Aodhan.
Mackay-born Tia Gostelow and Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island songstress Kee’ahn will be performing at the event. It will be both artists’ first time visiting the South Australian capital.
“It’s going to be my first time heading to Adelaide,” said Kee’ahn.
“It’s going to be amazing supporting Dan, Tia and Aodhan — it’s going to be really deadly.
“We all have similar energies, but we do differentiate with our unique style and I’m so excited to see their live performances and how mine will translate onto that stage and what the crowd will think.”
Tia Gostelow also shared her excitement for the gig.
“It’s super cool to be playing in the line-up at Deadly Hearts and also just being in Adelaide,” she said.
“I have never played with any of them before, too, so it’s even more exciting to be playing a line up with Dan Sultan, Aodhan and Kee’ahn.”
After a year that quashed most live music across the country, both women are excited to perform to a live audience again and will bring new music to the stage.
“Musicians and performers crave that energy they create with the audience and the venue and bandmates,” said Kee’ahn.
“Being able to do that again has really scratched that itch.”
Gostelow released her second album Chrysalis in October 2020 and Kee’ahn released her debut single Better Things in May 2020 — a release that gained a lot of love and attention.
“I didn’t expect that amount of attention … from Better Things and how much people resonated with it,” Kee’ahn said.
“I really love hearing the stories of how people found the song and what it means for them … it is so beautiful to hear how it has helped people and their experiences with mental health and lockdown. It’s been a blessing.”
After the release of Chrysalis, Gostelow did some album relaunch tours across Queensland.
“They were all seated shows, and it was such a good vibe. Some of the best shows I’ve ever played,” she said.
“It was super fun to be playing new music, after playing the same songs for a few years it was so good to spice it up.”
Despite reputations that precede them, both women are still adjusting to being familiar faces and voices.
“I remember when I was young and I’d walk through [Woolworths] and think how cool it would be to have my song playing, and now it happens,” said Gostelow.
“It’s really nice to take that step back and realise that even though it’s super weird that stuff is happening, it’s also super cool.
“First Nations talent is just killing it and it’s so beautiful to see the wider community really loving and embracing it,” said Kee’ahn.
“It’s so deadly to see young talent, and we just have to keep honouring those that paved those pathways for us and continue to pave pathways for the generation after us.”
Deadly Hearts will take place at Festival Theatre on Monday June 15, 3pm.
By Rachael Knowles