The singer-songwriter, based in the Hunter Valley, is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances. Respected Australian music journalist, the late Iain Shedden, of The Australian, described Crighton’s 2017 Tamworth Regional Art Gallery appearance in glowing terms: “Once in a lifetime a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material, and, in this instance, the acoustic ambience of the venue… [it] demonstrated music's power to stir the heart and soul. In my all-time Top 10 that one.”
"Original Australian voices should be celebrated and supported with all we have. Here is one to rally behind without reservation." Martin Jones - Rhythms
"It’s high theatrics, gutsy and cool at the same time." - Newcastle Herald
“Mesmerising debut album.”' ****1/2 stars - The Music
“Crighton is a major talent”' ****1/2 stars - Courier Mail
“2000 Clicks is killer.” John Schumann (Redgum)
“What a talent." - Felicity Urquhart Saturday Night Country (ABC Radio)
“'Rarely do you witness an audience spell bound and breathless.” - Life Music Media
"Crighton breathes fresh and strikingly vivid life into the umbrous bush of traditional Australian balladry." - Rolling Stone
TOUR TICKETS HERE.
CRONULLA w/ VIKKI THORN (The Waifs)
THURSDAY MARCH 8, 2018
The Brass Monkey
BULLI w/ VIKKI THORN (The Waifs)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
The Heritage Hotel
NEWTOWN w/ VIKKI THORN (The Waifs)
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
MILTON w/ VIKKI THORN (The Waifs)
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
Milton Theatre, NSW
MARCH 29 - APRIL 2, 2018
Byron Bay, NSW
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
The Good Will (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
FEBRUARY 23, 2018
The Exchange (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
FEBRUARY 24, 2018
Capitol Music Club (w/Terra Lightfoot)
FEBRUARY 25, 2018
9910 (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
FEBRUARY 27, 2018
Festival Hall (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Spiritbar (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
MARCH 1, 2018
Dream Café (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
MARCH 2, 2018
The Cobalt (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
MARCH 3, 2018
Lucky Bar (w/ Terra Lightfoot)
His debut, self-title album was released on March 18, 2016.
“It’s high theatrics, gutsy and cool at the same time.” - Newcastle Herald
“Mesmerising debut album 1/2 stars” - The Music
“Crighton is a major talent. 1/2 Stars” - Courier Mail
About The Artist
31/3/2017 - WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES 'HOPE RECOVERY'
Buoyed by a mesmerising debut record and a slew of live appearances that defined ferocity of spirit, William Crighton’s 2016 was nothing short of a breakthrough year.
The “Riverina Kid” has no intention of resting on his laurels in 2017. He’s locked in for a set of showcases in Toronto for Canadian Music Week and gigs in Vancouver this April and will release a hypnotic new 7-inch vinyl release and digital single called Hope Recovery on March 31st 2017.
To coincide with this exclusive new release, Crighton will perform a string of dates along the East Coast of Australia, which will take his live performances to a new level.
The release, recorded in various locations, including Mullumbimby, in the mountains of Laguna, and his own backyard studio in the Hunter Valley, is presented as an 8.46-minute piece of music. It flows seamlessly from the epic jam and rumination on religious accountability ‘Talking to God’, into the uplifting and delicate Australiana soundscape of the title track. The bonus is Neil Young’s classic environmental lament ‘After the Gold Rush’.
WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES 'HOPE RECOVERY'
30/11/2016 - WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES 3RD SINGLE - JESUS BLUES
To celebrate his spate of festival appearances, Australian singer-songwriter William Crighton will release his new single 'Jesus Blues' off his highly acclaimed self-titled debut album. It is accompanied by a startling video that places the singer as an omnipotent suburban entity.
"It's a song about temptation and questioning everything" Crighton explains.
Director Pier Carthew says the music video is set “as an evangelical trip into hard-knock suburbia” that “shakes off the suppression of suburban life to reveal hidden dreams, nightmares and the sheer bizarre nature of ordinary people.”
WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES SINGLE ‘JESUS BLUES’
30/6/16 - WILLIAM CRIGHTON 2ND SINGLE - 2000 CLICKS
‘2000 Clicks’ illustrates Crighton’s literary approach to lyricism. The stirring track explores ideas of fate and free will, the ways in which we navigate the everyday chaos of life and evade the challenges it throws at us. These ideas are framed through the song’s narrator, a man in deep reflection as his car lies in a ditch, a storm raging all around him.
“‘2000 Clicks’ is a story from growing up out in the Riverina,” Crighton explains. “Humans seem to suffer from the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome a lot. Sometimes it is, sometime's not. Whether it's getting out of your home town headed for Queensland or setting off in a space ship to Mars, running from the mess we make instead of cleaning it up is an approach that always has an element of appeal.”
Accompanying the release of ‘2000 Clicks’ is a music video directed by Crighton, his wife Julieanne and drummer and collaborator Reuben Alexander. The clip is low-fi and gritty, centred around William's performance. Subtle psychedelic moments reflect the idiosyncratic images and questions the wind brings to the mind sometimes.