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Dashville Does the Monkey at Australian Music Week

By | Tour

Dashville to host special Australian Music Week showcase at The Brass Monkey, Cronulla

Dashville will host a very special musical showcase at Australian Music Week 2017.

Held at the Brass Monkey, Cronulla, on Thursday, November 2, 2017, “Dashville Does the Monkey” will feature an array of Australia’s finest and most acclaimed modern songwriters, plus a special overseas guest.

WILLIAM CRIGHTON has fast made a name for himself as a must-see live performer. His self-titled debut record was widely acclaimed upon its release through ABC Music, and the last half of 2017 has been spent headlining Dashville Skyline, touring with Dan Sultan and working on his second full-length record.

MELODY POOL is one of Australia’s true musical treasures; a writer of timeless songs wrought of raw emotional power. The lauded release of her two records, The Hurting Scene and Deep Dark Savage Heart, saw her support The Eagles, Don Henley and Rodriguez.

TERRA LIGHTFOOT, of Waterdown, Ontario, will appear at Dashville Does the Monkey as our special international guest. Alongside that powerful, brassy voice, her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Terra’s playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. Her new record, New Mistakes, is released October 13.

MAGPIE DIARIES is the heartfelt balladry and country tinged rock of Matt “Magpie” Johnston, the promoter and mastermind behind the Dashville stable. Singing songs about life, love and the land, Magpie Diaries has a classic Americana roots sound and a songbook that’s bound to get stuck in your head for weeks to come.

DAVE WELLS is one of the country’s finest undiscovered gems. Already a crowd favourite in his home of the Hunter Valley, a wider audience is slowly waking up to the giant talents of this supreme songwriter and vocalist. Do yourself a favour and make sure you’re there for his return to The Brass Monkey.

The showcase is open to Australian Music Week attendees with a Thursday Night Live Shows pass. First in best dressed. The showcase runs from 6pm to 9pm.

GRAB TICKETS

William Crighton joins Terra Lightfoot (Can) for Australian tour

By | Tour

William Crighton and Canada’s Terra Lightfoot join forces for ‘Stand on the Side Of Love’ tour

Acclaimed songwriter William Crighton will hit the road with lauded Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot in November. The shows will feature new music from his anticipated second album due for release in 2018.

His 2016 self-titled debut record revealed Crighton to be a master craftsman of song and a formidable performing artist. Currently on tour with Dan Sultan, Crighton has had a busy 2017. He has released and toured 7-inch single Hope Recovery, played a swag of festivals, including WOMADelaide, supported The Beach Boys and The Temptations, and showcased at Canadian Music Week.

On the October long weekend he will make a triumphant return to home soil to headline the Friday night of Dashville Skyline (September 29), and South Australia’s Semaphore Festival (October 1), before he hits New York City for a showcase performance at the Mondo Music Conference.

The tour’s name, ‘Stand on the Side of Love’, is inspired by one of the new tracks that Crighton has been working on alongside producer Matt Sherrod on his second full-length recording.

Terra Lightfoot has created quite a buzz in her home territory of Canada. The soulful rocker and lion-hearted singer-songwriter will now make her maiden trip to Australia, having already found a following in countries such as France and the UK. Lightfoot is a triple-threat onstage and a charming, outsized personality to boot.

Pop Matters wrote: “A roots rocker with a powerful voice and a bad-ass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.”

It appears the pairing of Crighton and Lightfoot is the meeting of two like-minded souls.

ON TOUR IN NOVEMBER

THU 2 NOV                  AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK CRONULLA, NSW

FRI 3 NOV                   CENTRAL BAR NEWCASTLE, NSW

SAT 4 NOV                 INLAND SEA OF SOUND FESTIVAL BATHURST, NSW

SUN 5 NOV                 SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA, ACT

MON 6 NOV                 YAH YAH’S MELBOURNE, VIC

THUR 9 NOV               LEADBELLY SYDNEY, NSW

FRI 10–SUN 12 NOV  MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL, MAJORS CREEK, NSW

THUR 16 NOV           LEFTY’S OLD TIME MUSIC HALL BRISBANE, QLD

SAT 18 NOV               MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL MULLUM, NSW *

SAT 25 NOV               RAILWAY CLUB DARWIN, NT *

 

*Terra Lightfoot not appearing

 

Latest Praise for William Crighton

“It would not be unfair to say Crighton’s growing legion of followers come along for a near-religious experience. To say he’s capable of taking an audience to another level is not an understatement.” – Jim Kellar, Newcastle Herald

 

Terra Lightfoot’s new album NEW MISTAKES out October 13 (ABC/Universal)

 

All tickets go on sale September 19 via Ticketbooth.

For tickets and more information go to

www.williamcrightonmusic.com.au

www.terralightfoot.com

 

For more information contact Tracey Griffiths tracey@dashville.com.au

New press images are available by request

William Crighton – Hope Recovery

By | Music, Tour

William Crighton to release Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl, announces May tour.

Uniquely penetrating storytelling.” Gareth Hipwell – Rolling Stone

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. Already this year he’s delivered some amazing performances at Riverboats Festival in Victoria, Skyfields in Tasmania, WOMADelaide in South Australia, and Blue Mountains Folk Festival in NSW. He’s played alongside Paul Kelly, Neil Finn, The Beach Boys and The Temptations.

In April, Crighton will head over to Canada for a run of showcases at Canadian Music Week and East Coast Music Week. But next up he will release a hypnotic new recording courtesy of a limited edition 7-inch vinyl and digital single called Hope Recovery on March 31.

To coincide with this new release, Crighton will perform a string of dates along the East Coast of Australia, throughout May and June which will take his live performances to a new level.

HOPE RECOVERY  LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH VINYL

SIDE ON – Talking To God

SIDE TWO – Hope Recovery / After the Gold Rush

Still available for purchase via Hope Recovery Tour on Dashville’s store

 

Hope Recovery sees Crighton collaborate once again with producer and drummer Matt Sherrod of Crowded House.

The release was recorded in various locations including Mullumbimby, in the mountains of Laguna and his backyard caravan at home in the Hunter Valley. The digital release is presented as an 8.46-minute piece of music and will be available to the public for download on March 31.

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’.

Crighton’s upcoming shows will be a musical feast for those that attend, with each intimate evening presenting over two hours of music and a range of special guests.

The Hunter Valley based singer-songwriter is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances. Respected Australian music journalist Iain Shedden, of The Australian, recently described Crighton’s 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.”

William Crighton releases music video for single ‘Jesus Blues’

By | Music

‘Jesus Blues’ is the third single from William Crighton’s acclaimed debut album

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.” – William Crighton

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 came away with accolades as a buzz artist at BIGSOUND and Australian Music Week this month, impressing a slew of delegates. The shows landed him a spot at WOMADelaide in March 2017, an opportunity to play in front of 5,000 fans for a Sydney Kings game and opportunities in the overseas markets.

Crighton has been traversing the continent, travelling to WA for Blues in the Bush and Wave Rock Weekender, amongst other festival spots on the East Coast, and playing to full rooms at his own shows.

Alongside that, the captivating performer was featured as one of Australia’s hottest rising stars in Rolling Stone in September this year.

He is set to embark on a set of summer tour dates including a visit to Tamworth Country Music Festival to play a special one-off show with Melody Pool in January. He’ll then join greats like Paul Kelly, Hoodoo Gurus and James Reyne at the Riverboats Festival in Victoria in February.

LISTEN TO WILLIAM CRIGHTON'S SELF-TITLED ALBUM

Come join us for the first ever Riverina Round Up – DEC 17

By | Uncategorised

Please welcome a brand new annual event for the Riverina Region of NSW.

Whether you’re from the Riverina matters not. This is your chance to jump in the tour wagon and head from wherever to a beautiful town in a beautiful part of the world, to enjoy great music, camping and a bit of old-fashioned country hospitality.

The Mastermind behind the Riverina Round Up is William Crighton

An incredible emerging Australian artist, who grew up in Tumut, now living in the Hunter Valley NSW, Crighton has assembled a rather impressive list of artistry for this first instalment of this annual event. Artists from all over the Eastern side of Australia are coming together for a wonderful day and night of music, art and connection.

A bit of background on William Crighton..

Crighton’s musical journey started in the Riverina and has taken him all around the world. Returning to Australia in 2015, he settled momentarily on the rugged banks of Burrinjuck Dam, near the South West Slopes and recorded his incredible self-titled debut album.

He pledges much spiritual connection with the Riverina region, the mountains, the plains, the people and its history and always looks forward to the next time he can get back to his roots.

His self-titled debut is a stirring songbook that captures the essence of regional Australia, whilst exploring the variables of human existence.

William Crighton – Releases New Single – 2000 Clicks

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Ahead of his extensive Australian tour with fellow songwriter Claire Anne Taylor, William Crighton releases ‘2000’ Clicks today. It’s the second single from his acclaimed self-titled debut record.

‘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 either get caught or evade the challenges it throws at us. The scene is set with the first line “2000 Clicks from the Queensland border, lying in a ditch out west of Wagga”.

2000 Clicks is a story from growing up out in the Riverina,” Crighton explains. “We Humans seem to suffer from the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome. Sometimes it is, sometimes 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 as well as drummer and collaborator Reuben Alexander. Low fi and gritty, the clip is centred around William’s performance with subtle psychedelic moments reflecting the idiosyncratic images and questions the wind brings to the mind sometimes. SEE THE CLIP FOR ‘2000 CLICKS’ HERE

Crighton’s journey started in the Riverina and has taken him around the world, with extensive time spent in the USA and China. Returning to Australia, he settled momentarily on the rugged banks of Burrinjuck Dam, near the South West Slopes region of NSW whilst there he recorded his self-titled debut. It’s a stirring songbook that captures the essence of our continent whilst exploring the variables of life.

“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

‘Original Australian voices should be celebrated and supported with all we have. Here is one to rally behind without reservation.’ – Rhythms

William Crighton & Claire Anne Taylor – National Tour July/August 2016

By | Tour
DASHVILLE and RHYTHMS presents
WILLIAM CRIGHTON and CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR
NATIONAL TOUR July/August 2016

Two musical trajectories born of enthralling live performances and evocative storytelling will converge in July and August for a run of shows nationally.

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor have carved their name into the Australian music scene this year with universally acclaimed debut albums and strong praise from live music reviews, each shaped by their formative years spent in rural serenity.

Crighton’s journey started in the Riverina and has taken him around the world, with extensive time spent in Nashville. Returning to Australia, he settled momentarily on the rugged banks of Burrinjuck Dam, near the South West Slopes region of NSW to record his self-titled debut. It’s a stirring songbook that captures the gritty essence of our vast country.

Taylor’s story also begins in the wilderness. The soulful singer grew up in Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest, where she was born into her father’s hands in the family barn amongst a congregation of her five siblings. In March, the flame-haired musician released her debut album, Elemental.

Crighton and Taylor are cut from same cloth. They wear their hearts firmly on their sleeve, penning songs that capture the human experience.

PRAISE FOR CRIGHTON:
“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

PRAISE FOR TAYLOR:
“It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor…what a voice!” – Sarah Howells, Triple J

“It’s one of the CDs I keep going back to.” – Paul Gough, ABC Radio National

“… these ten tracks pulse and throb with an urgency… Elemental is strong and assured.” – Samuel Fell, Sydney Morning Herald

TOUR DATES

Saturday, 9 July & Sunday, 10 July 2016 – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen NSW
Friday, 15 July 2016 – The Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby NSW

Saturday, 16 July 2016 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Thursday, 21 July 2016 – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW

Friday, 22 July 2016 – The Oxford Circus, Sydney NSW

Saturday, 23 July 2016 – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW

Sunday, 24 July 2016 – Smiths Alternative, Canberra ACT

Friday, 29 July 2016 – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC

Friday, 29 July 2016 – Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood VIC

Saturday, 30 July 2016 – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC

Thursday 4th August 2016 – Royal Oak, Launceston TAS

Friday, 5 August 2016 – Republic Bar, Hobart TAS

Saturday, 6 August 2016 – Wharf Hotel Theatre, Wynyard TAS

Tickets are now on sale through the venues and via the Dashville store www.dashville.com.au

www.williamcrightonmusic.com  //  www.claireannetaylor.com

William Crighton – Debut Album Release Tour

By | Tour

Self-titled debut album released today
Tour dates kick off April 23 at The Gum Ball

There’s an energy building around new Australian talent William Crighton, and it’s not by accident.

Crighton has stamped himself as one of our most exciting artists, his debut self-titled album introducing a storyteller with a rare depth to his lyrics. For the deep-voiced songwriter and intense live performer, there were no short cuts taken to arrive at this body of work. Beneath each track are thousands of kilometres, and within are stories wrought of trees and roads and dust, soaked in the essence of our ancient continent.

Authenticity is the element that defines this darkly beautiful and wrenching debut, released today via ABC Music / UMA. The album was recorded in William’s hometown of Burrinjuck, and produced and mixed by Matt Sherrod of Crowded House and Beck fame.

For the last few years William Crighton has been building a strong buzz around his songs and live performances — both solo and with his band. Finally we see the fruition of his songwriting and recording with this mesmerising debut album … The confessional Woman Like You, the Riverina stomp of Priest and the bristling, brooding rock groove of Jesus Blues are but three highlights from this exceptional debut.” 4 and a half stars, The Music

To mark the release of his debut album, William will embark on an East Coast tour with his exceptional 5-piece band, kicking off in his local area with The Gum Ball Music Festival on April 23 and winding up in Brisbane on May 7.

William is excited to unveil his album in the live space as he embarks on his first headline tour, saying today,
I’m very happy to have my good mates and family playing with me on this tour. The album was recorded with an energy that really grows when we play live. The band is Matt Sherrod, Luke Crighton , Julieanne Crighton, Christopher Dale, Jason Walker and myself. We’ll have a few very special guests a long the way as well.”

William Crighton Live

Presented by Dashville and The Music
Tickets on sale from here today.

APRIL 
Saturday 23rd – The Gum Ball Music & Arts Festival, Hunter Valley 
Wednesday 27th –  Shebeen, Melbourne
Thursday 28th –  Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga 
Friday 29th –  The Vanguard, Newtown 
Saturday 30th – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle

MAY
Thursday 5th – Lady Lismore’s Loft, Lismore
Friday 6th –  The Northern, Byron Bay 
Saturday 7th –  Leftys’ Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

All pre-sale tickets to any of the shows, will receive a free download of a William Crighton live track. You can also purchase a signed copy of the album when grabbing tickets to any of the show.

For full list of dates, visit www.williamcrightonmusic.com.au/shows

William Crighton’s debut self-titled album released today Friday 18th March 2016, via ABC Music/Universal Music Australia. You can get your copy here
For any media requests please contact:

Nicole Hart, Revolutions Per Minute PR
E: Nicole@revolutions.com.au | Ph: 0418 324 312

Elle Bowles- National PR & Media Manager- ABC Contemporary/ UMA
E: elle.bowles@umusic.com | Ph: (02) 9207 0600