PHOTOS: Songsmith and Australian music luminary Bernard Fanning kicked off his Civil Dusk national tour to a near-capacity crowd at the Gold Coast Arts Centre last night.
The former Powderfinger frontman delivered almost two hours of classic Fanning tunes old and new, even throwing in a Powderfinger number along with a powerhouse cover of Steve Miller Band’s famous 1977 favourite Jet Airliner.
Bernard Fanning launching his Civil Dusk national tour last night on the Gold Coast // Photo Luke Sorensen
Mellow at times and deeply intense, the theatre-style show showcased Fanning’s vast range of talents and tones, with the singer blending his own various guitar instruments with a few stints on the keyboard and some sweltering harmonica harmonies, all backed by his new touring band called the Black Fins.
The Black Fins feature the incredible talents of Andrew Morris and John Bedgood from local Bilinudgel blues and roots band the Wilson Pickers, along with keyboardist Sally Campbell who soars not only on the fiddle but with her mesmerising harmonies and back up vocals.
Fanning broke between songs to share stories and reflections, not only on his music and career but of the Gold Coast itself, recounting venues past and gigs long gone in his mighty career as the singer for Brisbane’s legendary Powderfinger.
The music ebbed and flowed throughout the night, from wickedly sad ballads through to tales of love and hope springing upward from the stage with an emphatic sense of purpose and reason.
Wrapping up, Fanning warned the audience that there would be no encore tonight, that encores are “so nineties’ so instead staged a sort of mock encore to wrap up the last two songs, finishing to a unanimous standing ovation from a crowd filled to the brim with all spectrums of the Bernand Fanning loyal fanbase with everyone from die-hard Powderfinger loyalists through to the newer tribe of eclectic and refined Fanning supporters.
The Black Fins, headed up by Bernard Fanning, put on a massive show of rock, country, folk, blues and roots all underpinned by Fanning’s unique vocal style and songwriting prowess // Photo Luke Sorensen
Bernard Fanning is returning to Brisbane on November 10th and 11th, off to Byron Bay on the 12th and then back in Byron Bay for Falls Festival at New Years. Full tour details can be found at www.bernardfanning.com/tour and in the meantime check out his brand new album Civil Dusk, out now through Universal Music and Dew Process.