Saturday night saw talented Aussie singer-songwriters Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt hit up The Gov on the very last stop of their co-headline Distant Call tour. Supporting the pair was Sydney-based indie artist Alex the Astronaut.
Alex beamed as she took to the stage, thanking Lisa and Dustin for taking her on her first ever national tour. Kicking off a night of tranquility and ambience, Alex joked and chatted with the crowd between songs, citing Paul Kelly as a major musical influence. Playing tunes from recent EP To Whom It May Concern., Alex’s laid-back attitude and quirky, relatable lyrics resonated with the crowd and perfectly set up the rest of the night. Ending her set by getting the crowd to join her in a sing-a-long, there’s no doubt Alex The Astronaut lived up to her name and delivered a set that was out of this world.
Dustin Tebbutt then appeared on stage alone, launching into song Plans from his 2015 album, Home. After performing a couple more songs solo, to the delight of the crowd Lisa Mitchell then joined Dustin on stage, opening her performance with The Boys, lead single from her latest album Warriors. Having both Lisa and Dustin on stage ensured that the magic of the night was truly underway. Singing into fairy light-covered microphones, the pair alternated between solo performances of their own songs, covers of each other’s songs and captivating performances as a duet; their voices effortlessly fusing and complementing one another.
Highlights from Lisa Mitchell included enthusiastic renditions of Bless This Mess and popular 2008 tune Neopolitan Dreams; equally enchanting were Dustin’s emotive performances of See Your Gold and The Breach. This last stop on the tour coincided with Dustin’s birthday, and the audience were more than happy to join in with Lisa to sing happy birthday. After he shared some amusing childhood memories and pearls of wisdom with us, the set wrapped up on a high note with the pair performing a beautifully stripped-back cover of fellow Aussie artist Rüfüs’ track Innerbloom - check it out below!
All images via Lisa Mitchell Facebook page.