John Williamson

Firmly cemented in the nation’s musical culture, John Williamson's impressive career spans more than forty years. He has survived and soared in the often cut-throat entertainment industry. His unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. His honest and passionate songs are synonymous with the country that inspires him and connect him with his countrymen regardless of age, sex or creed. Add to this his ability to deliver unforgettable live concert experiences that combine the perfect blend of humour, romance and campfire stories woven together by his music. You can understand why he is one of the most in-demand live performers in Australia.  

It all started when he penned that classic Old Man Emu back in 1970. From this ‘silly’ song (as he often refers to it) that went to #1 for five weeks, he has continued to create hits including True Blue, Cootamundra Wattle, Rip Rip Woodchip, Raining on the Rock, The Big Red, Winter Green, Salisbury Street, Galleries of Pink Galahs and Hawkesbury River Lovin’ to name but a few of the 400+ songs written by the multi-award winning songwriter.

Inducted into the prestigious ARIA Hall of Fame in 2010, he has also secured three ARIA Awards, 25 Golden Guitars, MO Awards, APRA Awards, Platinum and Gold albums and over 4 million album sales. The ever humble ex-farmer remains nonchalant about his numerous accolades and awards, as it has always been about the fans.

At the age of 71, John continues to write music and tour the country. In August 2016, John released his new album His Favourite Collection, a special 4 CD set containing John’s favoured songs that he has written. You can call him what you want, 'Mallee Boy', 'True Blue' or just plain 'Fair Dinkum'; but there is no denying that after more than forty years in the music industry, John Williamson is truly an Australian icon.

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Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00 PM 26 May 08:00PM Ended
Empire Theatre

Adult                                    $54.00

Pensioner                            $52.00

Child U14yrs                       $33.00

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