[WORLD PREMIERE ~ ADELAIDE EXCLUSIVE ~ AUS ~ IF YOU LOVE… MUSIC THAT MOVES YOU]
Dunstan Playhouse, Fri 21 Jun.
A loud and triumphant Tongan church choir playing to a blacked-out theatre left no doubt about where it all began for The Bull Sisters. This wonderful show leads us through their life in music with humour, humility and warmth.
They both look fantastic and sound as good, if not better, than ever. They are quite at ease with their star status these days and are more than happy to share their remarkable story with an adoring audience.
As well as their Pacific heritage (it seems anyone born out there can sing!) television was another source of musical inspiration and a hilarious medley of ads and TV show themes was testament to their ability to suck in popular music in all its forms.
Like many, I first heard Vika and Linda as part of The Black Sorrows and they are fulsome in their praise of Joe Camilleri who they credit as the biggest single influence behind their success, and for writing Never Let Me Go, the powerhouse single that launched their careers into another realm.
Despite being featured on the albums of a long list of Australian rock artists The Bull Sisters came late to songwriting. They joke about Paul Kelly pestering them to write their own songs. His pestering reaped rich reward – a beautiful song they eventually wrote about their grandfather had me in tears.
They draw on their love of a wide range of music. Linda offered a sweet version of Willie Nelson’s You Were Always On My Mind from the world of country, and Vika belted out a superb blues number from The Etta James Story – a live show she has been touring for the last seven years. The gospel anthem Sail On Freedom flowed effortlessly and joyously from their souls and is apparently the song they have sung for visiting dignitaries like the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.
This was such an uplifting show. Vika and Linda obviously still love singing with each other, and for us. And after helping so many other Australian artists sound better by contributing their back-up vocals, it is now time for Australia to recognise The Bull Sisters as musical icons in their own right.
Vika & Linda – Between Two Shores continues at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, from 3.30pm until Sat 22 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 and adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Tania Jovanovic