True blue balladeer an Aussie entertainer
AUSSIE musician John Williamson is celebrating 40 years in the recording industry.
During his long career he has received 24 Golden Guitars, three ARIA awards, released 39 albums, 10 videos, seven DVDs and three books of stories and lyrics.
Williamson is frequently referred to as an Australian icon and has become synonymous with his iconic song
His music takes people on journeys through this great Australian continent, which continues to be the inspiration for most of his best known and most loved songs.
From his musical family beginnings in the Victorian Mallee, to defining the Australian character through song, John Williamson has achieved musical success and respect internationally and nationwide, writing some 400 songs and selling more than 3.8 million albums in Australia alone.
It was in 1970 that John emerged from his own wheat farm at Croppa Creek, 100 kilometres south of the Queensland border and set ablaze the Australian music charts with his hit off the back of a winning performance on Australian TV talent show
But it was in 1986 with the release of his triple-platinum-selling album
that his place in Australian music history was assured.
Look at some of the most significant events in Australia in the past few decades and he has performed there.
The Sydney 2000 Olympics, numerous Bledisloe Cup matches, Sir Donald Bradman’s memorial, the Rugby World Cup and the list goes on.
In January, Governor-General Quentin Bryce recognised Williamson’s 40-year contribution and referred to him as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved artists.
John Williamson is performing at Twin Towns on Saturday, November 20, from 8pm ( Queensland time). Tickets are $ 42 for adults and $ 28 for children.