Dave chats with John Williamson who is coming to Tassie in July.
JIn 2022 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 52 nd anniversary in the
entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring. Ahead of this
milestone, John will be touring across Australia throughout 2021 and into 2022 as he takes
his WINDING BACK tour on the road.
The Winding Back Tour takes in more than 40 dates across Australia through to early 2022.
A full list of dates and venues available below.
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
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.
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, it’s hard to begrudge the 75-year-old a less hectic schedule.
First though, there’s an anniversary to celebrate.
In November 2020, John Williamson’s True Blue has been inducted into the National Film
and Sound Archives ‘Sounds Of Australia’, recognising its significance as an iconic
Perhaps 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 your town or city for what could be the final
WINDING BACK TOUR DATES:
Wednesday 14 July Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Tas
Thursday 15 July Princess Theatre, Launceston, Tas
Friday 16 July Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tas
For a complete list of tour dates and ticketing details please visit