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50 years

“JW 50 – WINDING BACK 1970-2020” CONTAINS NEW TRACK “THOSE FIFTY YEARS”, SET FOR RELEASE MID 2020 PRE-ORDER NOW When John Williamson wandered into Richmond’s GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer realise he’d make a 50-year career out of singing and performing. “Old Man Emu” might […]


Illus. by Peter Carnavas. Puffin Books, 2019. ISBN: 9780143793793. (Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Themes: Snoring, Fathers, Family. From the pen of well known Australian writer, musician and entertainer, John Williamson, comes this wonderfully inviting read aloud about fathers and snoring. All children will recognise someone in their family with snores so loud they keep the […]


The family has a problem. Dad snores so loudly that the galahs fall out of the nearby trees.  He is so loud that no one can get any sleep and nothing they do stops him. What are they going to do? This is another true-to-life story from iconic singer-songwriter John Williamson and its hilarious interpretation […]


Gumleaf notes How y’going folks Time is going so quickly. I didn’t realise how long it’s been since I wrote. The Golden Guitar at the Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth in January for ‘Please Don’t Forget Me’, off my new Butcherbird album, was a complete surprise. I probably appreciated it more than most of […]


How y’going folks Another year is nearly over and I can’t believe the shows are going better than ever; apart from an occasional senior moment on stage. I guess too many of them will signal retirement from showbiz, but I’ve got to keep going until my 50th year since ‘Old Man Emu’. That is 2020. […]


I’m so proud of my dear little birth town of Quambatook. As a small rural community that’s been struggling for survival, they recently came up with a brilliant idea. After some trial and error of what works, they are screening Australian movies on the 33-metre high concrete wheat silos. What a beautiful thing. Other Mallee […]


How y’going folks I can’t believe that I haven’t written since April! So much has happened since then. The Willoshed concerts were a great success again, despite the rain, particularly on the second day. A number of people commented, however, that there was something special about being in the shed with the big open fire […]


On the 8th April2017 John re-affirmed his ongoing support to West Australian malleefowl conservation with the announcement of his patronage to theYongergnowMalleefowl Centre at their ten-year celebration in Ongerup, in the Gnowangerup Shire, WA. In 2007, John took up the WA malleefowl cause as patron to the Malleefowl Preservation Group (MPG), Ongerup. He was the […]