True blue bal­ladeer an Aussie en­ter­tainer

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - UK & EUROPE -

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.

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