How y’going folks

I thought I’d modify my latest newsletter as much is changing so rapidly in our lives and so many of us are experiencing difficult times in one way or another.

On a positive note, Willoshed finally happened this year after postponing it from last year. We had perfect weather and wonderful guests. All our dedicated mates who came to help out really made it such a successful day for everyone. I can’t thank them enough. The tears, the smiling faces, the genuine gratitude from people at the end makes it such a memorable weekend for us all. I love seeing the same faces catching up around the campfire. The different features I’ve developed on the property, such as the big rocks in the paddock, gave the regulars something extra to appreciate this year. I intend to organise much more every year.

I’ve made a promise that there will be another Willoshed weekend in June 2022, if only to make up for the disappointment for the Victorians (but were so sorry for the many Victorians (nearly ninety over the two days, plus seven of our dedicated helpers) who were unable to make it at such short notice.

Our 2021 Willoshed helpers (minus 7 of our regular Victorian helpers who were unable to enter QLD)

Our concert goers enjoying the view and fresh air on what was a superb Springbrook weekend.

We also launched a new t-shirt at the Willoshed concerts. Everyone loved it. It features my True Blue flag on the front and a couple of verses of ‘True Blue’ on the back. My team worked closely with the designers on the Gold Coast to get this right (as well as consulting with fans and my crew) and they were also printed there. YOU CAN FINALLY BUY THIS ONLINE NOW. CLICK HERE. There are very few of the 50 year Winding Back t-shirts left, so be quick if you don’t want to miss out on those.

T-shirt is a very dark midnight blue
Back of T-shirt

I’m excited the ‘My Australian Stories’ tour of capital cities. I’ve been saying I want to slow down, be more selective about my touring and ‘on the road’ less. In these concerts I’ll be sharing some stories behind the songs that might’ve been forgotten but have played a significant role in my career, while not leaving out those all-time and most requested favourites. I’m desperately hoping these will be able to go ahead.

I’ve had to postpone nine concerts since the end of May, but was delighted to be able to head to Birdsville for the Big Red Bash and join some wonderful musicians in entertaining the 8000+ Australians who made the trip out to such an iconic part of Australia. I wish I could share more of our photos and experiences there, but here are a couple.

COVID 19 is the worst thing for us entertainers. We rely on travelling the entire country. It has been so hit and miss, leaving many holes in my calendar and leaving fans disappointed. The question in my new song The Great Divide, ‘will it all be over in 2021’ was a good question. It ain’t over, with more tragedies to come unfortunately. Every show that goes ahead is a victory. So, fingers crossed for the future. I’ve had my first jab and due for my second very soon.

I was excited to be able to perform at the Big Red Bash outside of Birdsville recently. More than 8000 Aussies made their way to Birdville to be part of the three day festival. I loved being out there again and got to catch up with some great musicians. I’d love to share more photos of it with you but here are a couple.

An aerial view of the Big Red Bash site
On stage I only had one of my musicians, Brendan, with me as Clare and Jeff were in lockdown in Greater Sydney, sadly.

You may have heard that Tamworth has measured me up for a life-size bronze statue. It’s hard to imagine being at the launch of a statue of myself. One feeling is that they don’t think I’ll be around much longer! The other is of immense pride that I will always be there along with Slim and Jo, somewhere in town. They need to raise some money to help pay for it (or I might have to buy it myself!!!), so if you feel like helping out you can read more about it here: https://www.johnwilliamsonbronzestatue.com/

Take care, folks, and see you along the road of song soon (I hope).

Johnno