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.

William Crighton tour

Tour Dates 2018

August 28
-Klubb Uffe
Uppsala, Sweden
August 29
-Lasse i Parken
Stockholm, Sweden
August 30
-Hotell Hulingen
Hultsfred, Sweden
August 31
-Folk å Rock
Malmö, Sweden
September 1
Falkenberg, Sweden
September 2
Emmas Lada
Eksjö, Sweden
September 3
Immanuelsk yrkan
Halmstad, Sweden
September 4
Grunerlökka Bryggerhus
Oslo, Norway
September 5
Trondheim, Norway
September 6
Q Bar
Sundsvall, Sweden
September 7
Kafé Smedjan - Sweden
Norrtälje, Sweden
September 13
The Basement
Nashville TN, USA
September 15
Dakota Tavern
Toronto ON, Canada
September 16
Hamilton ON, Canada
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
October 4
Clarendon Guest House
Katoomba, NSW
October 5
Heritage Hotel
Bulli, NSW
October 6
Street Theatre
Canberra, ACT
October 13
A Hitch to the Sticks
Wangaratta, Vic
October 18
Montrose Town Hall
Montrose, Vic
October 19
Memo Music Hall
St Kilda, Vic
October 20
Theatre Royal
Castlemaine, Vic


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