Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter William Crighton returns with his new single, ‘This Is Magic’.
‘This Is Magic’ is the follow up to Crighton’s powerful ‘Your Country’ (featuring William Barton and Julieanne Crighton) released earlier this year, and the second track to be lifted from his forthcoming third studio album, due out this year.
‘William Crightonʼs new tune defies physics. It manages to walk a tightrope between relaying a powerful and serious message while also using disarming nostalgia and good humour, all the while being as catchy as hell. I’m not sure how he does it… itʼs magic.’
—Henry Wagons, Double J
Since the release of his 2016 critically acclaimed self-titled debut, William Crighton has established himself as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary songsmiths and performers. Darkly majestic follow-up Empire (2018) was named Album of the Year by Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner in the Saturday Paper, while Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst has sung the praises of Crighton’s deeply resonant, ineffably Australian vocal delivery; a nod to his roots in the NSW Riverina, Wiradjuri Country.
Crighton has performed and been reviewed as a highlight at major festivals both in Australia and across the world including Bluesfest, WOMAD, Woodford Folk Festival, Tonder Festival (Denmark), BoomTown (UK), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada) and Cambridge Folk Festival (UK). As a result of this, as well as good support from streaming services such as Spotify and his own live shows, Crighton continues building a dedicated band of followers.
He has also toured with Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Missy Higgins, CW Stone King, Dan Sultan and The Beach Boys. In 2020 Crighton also represented Australia as part of Global Music Match.
2020 was going to be Crighton’s biggest international touring year including his Glastonbury Festival debut. ‘Weʼve been working really hard over there and had a lot planned, but so did everyone. Weʼre lucky in Australia to have dodged the worse of it to date, and Iʼm grateful that my family and I are here…we’re even playing a bit now, hopefully going to be touring a lot more soon.’
Crighton returns to the road across Australia in 2021.
When: Friday, 25 June 2021 7:00 PM
Venue: Altar (Hobart, TAS)
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