William Crighton

New Album - EMPIRE - Out Now

“Album of the week ”

Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

“‘William Crighton delivers the year’s best album, Australian or international, with the charged rock and heartfelt lyrics of Empire’”

The Saturday Paper

“‘Strange, Vibrant, Wonderful’”

The Australian

“‘Like Tom Waits and Nick Cave, William Crighton is an original. But apart from that, he’s like no one else’ ”

Stack Magazine

The world abounds in symbols and ciphers; the Australian continent warms, its own unique portents, omens and code.

In the plumage of the black cockatoo, pictograms scrawled into the sand by the nails and scales of earthbound lizards, the glassy eye of the carrion crow glaring.

William Crighton identifies powerful analogues of lived experience. It’s a gift that finds its truest expression yet on his landmark second album, Empire.

It’s a world of peril and of sudden beauty, in which one man prepares for doomsday while another isolates profound truths in the song of an insect.


 The first single from Empire is titled ‘Happiness’ and it captures all of this.

Tour Dates 2018

July 14
EMPIRE Album Tour - Byron Bay
Northern Hotel
July 15
EMPIRE Album Tour - Bellingen
Bello Winter Music
July 19
EMPIRE Album Tour - Adelaide
Grace Emily
July 20
EMPIRE Album Tour - Melbourne
July 21
EMPIRE Album Tour - Hobart
July 27
EMPIRE Album Tour - Newcastle
48 Watt St
July 28
EMPIRE Album Tour - Sydney
Factory Floor
August 2
EMPIRE Album Tour - Brisbane
Blackbear Lodge
August 5
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge, UK
August 7
Green Note
London, UK
August 9
The Angel Microbrewery
Nottingham, UK
August 11 - 12
Boomtown Fair
Winchester, UK
August 17
The Greystones
Sheffield, UK
August 29
-Lasse i Parken
Stockholm, Sweden
September 1st
Falkenberg, Sweden
August 23 - 26
Tønder Festival
Tønder, Denmark
September 13
Americana Fest
September 16
Hamilton, Ontario CAN
September 21
Creatures Next Door
Fremantle, Western Australia
September 22
Blues For The Bush
Perenjori, Western Australia
September 28
Dashville Skyline
Belford, Hunter Valley NSW


William Crighton announces his landmark second album, EMPIRE.

With Empire, Crighton delivers both ageless and untempered fire and inexhaustible forward momentum.

Produced by established producer and collaborator Matt Sherrod and recorded in a series of evocative settings, “Empire” expands Crighton’s powerful sound into sprawling new planes and finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer’s eye for detail to bear on his unique and immersive lyrical style.

Having been described as a visionary and a penetrative lyricist, Crighton doesn’t buy into that, humbly and sincerely laughing it off. Discussing the album and compositions of Empire, Crighton says the driving force was “just being here. My 9-year-old daughter says, ‘hope is the one thing that brings us together’, I agree with her and think it could go either way. There’s more and more people realizing what’s going on and changing things for the better but on the other hand there’s a lot of greed and crazy out there holding on tight. A few years ago I asked a goodmate, a Wiradjuri bloke, if he thought a “great awakening” was coming and he said ‘they’re white fella words, we’ve been living sustainably for 100’s of thousands of years’ – That put me in my place and inspired me beyond measure.”

In 2017, Crighton released 7-inch vinyl ‘Hope Recovery’, accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to thronging 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 William 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.

(words by Gareth Hipwell)

Empire is available from May 4th on ABC Music/Universal



Fire In The Empire

Let Love Come First

Devil’s Tongue


Mr Brown



Morning Song




The Band Played Waltzing Matilda