Standing at two metres tall, with a long dark beard and piercing blue eyes William Crighton is a modern bush balladeer who combines traditional music with unexpected experimentation and who writes songs fuelled by real experiences and hope.
Crighton has released 2 albums, William Crighton (2016) and Empire (2017) to wide acclaim. Dave Faulkner, front man for legendary Australian band “The Hoodoo Gurus” described Crighton’s second album Empire as “2018’s best album, local or international” in a piece for the Saturday Paper.
In support of latest album Empire he’ll be playing 8 UK shows this month, including appearing at Black Deer Festival:
UK DATES: JUNE
19 – Nell’s, London
20 – Aces & Eights, London
21 – Black Deer Festival, Kent
22 – Black Deer Festival, Kent
24 – The Louisiana, Bristol
25 – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
28 – Greystones, Sheffield
29 – The Basement, York
Born in the rural town of Dubbo in 1985, situated in western NSW, Australia. Crighton spent the majority of his formative years living with his mother and younger brother traveling from place to place within the Riverina.
He left the Riverina aged 19. And after a long journey he arrived back there in 2013 to a place called Burrinjuck, a place near the top of the Murrumbidgee river in NSW, this would be where Crighton, whilst on one of his many walks into the bush became inspired to tell these stories and a long with his wife Julieanne, Brother Luke and long time friend Matt Sherrod would write and record his first album.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the bush but this day I began seeing things differently than I had previous, I’d had my first conversation with mother Earth and that gave me what I needed to confront things that I couldn’t before ” – Crighton
Crighton has recently completed a sold out tour of Australia as well as touring with Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real for the Australian leg of their world tour. Nelson described Crighton as a “Forward Thinker” on stage at the bands Sydney show.
With his third album underway and set for release mid 2020 William Crighton’s family of dedicated fans continues to grow.
Festival Highlights: Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Boomtown (UK), Tonder (Denmark), Bluesfest (Australia), WOMAD (Australia), Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), the Gumball (Australia), Nannup (Australia), Dashville Skyline (Australia), Two Worlds Festival (Australia), Americana Fest (USA), Mullum fest (Australia), Bello fest (Australia), Blue Mountains Folk Festival (Australia), Blues for the Bush (Australia), Wave Rock (Australia), Skyfields (Australia).
He has toured with the following artists: Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, The Beachboys, CW Stoneking, Dan Sultan, Gawurra, Vikki Thorn, Beans on Toast, Terra Lightfoot, and Claire Anne Taylor