William Crighton has announced a national tour for July/August 2018, giving this acclaimed singer songwriter an opportunity to showcase songs from his new album, EMPIRE.
A William Crighton live show is never a repetition of a previous one. “The essence of it is the live performance – it’s all moments captured,”William Crighton says of his new album Empire. “The shows will be a new experience. There’ll be songs from both ‘Empire’ and my first album and songs we only play live.”
Joining Crighton and his wife Julieanne will be Josh Jones from Dan Sultan’s band on bass and his good mate and collaborator Matt Sherrod (of Crowded House and Beck fame), who produced the album, and is travelling from Nashville to play drums.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expanding his powerful sound into sprawling new planes. “I wanted toexperiment further and create more sounds, create different soundscapes and explore that avenue further than I had previously,”Crighton explains.
In 2017, Crighton accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to massive crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
William received rave reviews from fans and critics when he unveiled a selection of new songs from EMPIRE at Byron Bay Blues Festival over the Easter.