The powerful, ragged performances of remarkable songwriter and storyteller William Crighton are fast becoming synonymous with the stunning Dashville landscape.
The critically acclaimed "Riverina Kid", who has settled in Bellbird with his young family, was arguably the highlight of the inaugural Dashville Skyline, blowing people's minds with his stirring performance, backed by his stellar six-piece band.
He then followed that show with another memorable headline performance at this year's sold-out Gum Ball.
Woven into Crighton’s classic folk-rock sensibility is vivid prose. The tales on this year's self-titled debut record are alive with visceral imagery and the echoes of a spiritual upbringing. In ‘Riverina Kid’ a snake winds up the riverbank, a boy’s found hanging; In ‘2000 Clicks’, the adult Crighton stares into the reflection of his childhood; In the thundering tale of retribution ‘Priest’, a pedophilic man of the cloth meets his demise. ‘Jesus Blues’ and ‘Dig Your Mind’ exemplify the ragged, sweltering rock that Crighton can command, while ‘Smile’ is the songwriter’s gentle reminder to do just that.
Crighton's return for the second Dashville Skyline makes perfect sense - no doubt the second visit or many.
PRAISE FOR WILLIAM CRIGHTON
"Original Australian voices should be celebrated and supported with all we have. Here is one to rally behind without reservation." - Martin Jones, RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
"There is a raw intensity to the work of William Crighton that is arresting and at times startling... at 30, Crighton is a late starter, but he is a major talent." - 4 1/2 STARS, David Costello, COURIER MAIL