Bourke to welcome Sulli-Vans at Easter

Kevin Sullivan and children KJ, Jet and ChaCha. PHOTO contributed

The Sullivans are not your typical family, but they are an example of the good old Australian belief in ‘having a go’.

Kevin Sullivan, his wife Belinda and their three children – KJ (12), ChaCha (10) and Jet (6) – have been touring the country, bringing joy, live music, and much needed morale-boosting to some of our most far-flung places, from Cape York to Kakadu, Mount Isa – and now to Bourke.

Kevin and the children form the country music band The Sulli-Vans, with Belinda as their tour manager and booking agent, and they’ll be performing in Bourke on Good Friday during the Bourke Easter Festival.

Their on-stage presence is hugely entertaining but the story behind the Sulli-Vans is just as intriguing.

As well as being a successful singer-songwriter, winner of the Tamworth Festival Traditional Country Song of the Year and The Voice Generations contestant, Kevin has had a career that couldn’t be further from the world of entertainment.

Before he decided to walk away and pursue his dream of being a professional musician, Kevin was a forensic crime investigator in the Major Crime Squad, a bomb technician, and a general duties officer in the NSW Police Force.

In fact, Kevin served as a police officer in Bourke in the 1980s.

“Five years ago, I decided to chase my musical dream and I am a living, breathing example that you can fulfil your dreams. You just have to give it a go,” he said.

“I’ve always loved music and travelling the countryside and I have done the Outback Trek from Bourke several times, with Dribbles Driscoll, supporting the RFDS and seeing the outback and it was after one of those trips I decided it was time to live the dream I’d always had of being a professional musician.

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