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.

Tour Dates 2020

May 5
Monkeys Music Club
Hamburg, Germany
May 6
LUX - Concerts
Hanover, Germany
May 7
Blue Shell
Cologne, Germany
May 9
Paradiso Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 10
Kreativfabrik Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden, Germany
May 13
Dynamo Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland
May 14
Munich, Germany
May 15
Vienna, Austria
May 19
Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany
May 20
cassiopeia Berlin
Berlin, Germany
May 26
Aalborg, Denmark
May 27
Musik Loppen
København, Denmark
May 30
Helsingør, Denmark


Standing at two metres tall with a long dark beard and piercing blue eyes, William Crighton combines traditional music with unexpected experimentation and is a sight and sound to behold.

He was born in Dubbo, NSW Australia. (Wiradjuri Nation) 18th May 1985 and grew up in rural NSW in an area known as the “Riverina”.

His songs explore a myriad of themes, and his performances have been described as original.

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

Stack Magazine

He has released two albums, “William Crighton” 2016 and “Empire” 2018 as well as an EP “Hope Recovery” in 2017.

Crighton performs solo and as a band with his wife Julieanne, his brother Luke, Matt Sherrod & Reuben Alexander.

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.


August 13, 2019 in Tour

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March 25, 2019 in Music, Tour

William Crighton signs UK Publishing Deal with ‘Just Isn’t Music’ and joins UK agency ATC Live

Australian tour dates this April and May ahead of major international touring schedule Acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter William Crighton announces today that he has signed a deal with Just Isn’t Music... Read More


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