Saturday 13th of February, 2021,
- Riverlinks Eastbank - 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton
Concession (Pensioners Only) $57.00
Riverlinks Member $57.00
Child (U12) $35.00
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- Riverlinks Box Office: 03 5832 9511
In 2021 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring.
When John Williamson wandered into Richmond's GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer realise he'd make a 50+ year career out of singing and performing. His performance of Old Man Emu, the first song John had ever written, on Channel Nine's popular New Faces program resulted in a number one single and a record deal. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.
Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter's 52 albums, including 20 original studio albums, have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos.
"While I'm not looking forward to retire just yet, once I've completed my 2021 Winding Back Tour I'll be scaling down my live appearances," John says.
"I've always loved the connection I receive when performing, so you'll still see me popping up at festivals and special events. Winding Back means I'm looking forward to spending more time in the garden and less time away from home."
With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed.
Prehaps John's greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So don't miss him, True Blue himself, in Shepparton for what could be the final time.