John Williamson ‘Winding Back’ – Celebrating 50+ Years 2021 Tour Dates Announced

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

In 2022 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 52nd anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring. Ahead of this milestone, John will be touring across Australia throughout 2021 and into 2022 as he takes his WINDING BACK tour on the road.

The Winding Back Tour takes in more than 40 dates across Australia through to early 2022. A full list of dates and venues available below.

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. His performance of ‘Old Man Emu’, the first song John had ever written, on Channel Nine’s popular New Faces program resulted in a number one single and a record deal. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.

Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums­–including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos.

‘While I’m not looking to retire just yet, once I’ve completed my 2021/2022 Winding Back Tour I’ll be scaling down my live appearances,’ John says. ‘I’ve always loved the connection I receive when performing, so you’ll still see me popping up at festivals and special events. ‘Winding Back’ means I’m looking forward to spending more time in the garden and less time away from home.’

With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed, it’s hard to begrudge the 75-year-old a less hectic schedule. First though, there’s an anniversary to celebrate.

In November 2020, John Williamson’s True Blue has been inducted into the National Film and Sound Archives ‘Sounds Of Australia’, recognising its significance as an iconic Australian song.

Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss him, True Blue himself, in your town or city for what could be the final time.


Thursday 11 February Dubbo Regional Theatre, NSW

Friday 12 February Orange Civic Theatre, NSW

Saturday 13 February Bathurst Entertainment Centre, NSW

Friday 19 February Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide - x 2 shows – 3pm and 8pm

Saturday 20 February Barossa Arts Centre, SA

Wednesday 17 March The Art House, Wyong, NSW

Thursday 18 March The Art House, Wyong, NSW

Friday 9 April Ipswich Civic Centre, Qld

Saturday 10 April Redland Performing Arts Centre, Qld

Sunday 11 April Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Qld

Thursday 15 April Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, Qld

Friday 16 April Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, Qld

Saturday 17 April The Events Centre, Caloundra, Qld

Thursday 27 May Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, Vic

Friday 28 May Geelong Arts Centre, Vic

Friday 2 July Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree, NSW

Saturday 3 July Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Sunday 4 July Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie, NSW

Wednesday 14 July Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Tas

Thursday 15 July Princess Theatre, Launceston, Tas

Friday 16 July Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart7u6678

Thursday 22 July Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW

Friday 23 July Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

Saturday 30 October Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW

Tuesday 2 November Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, Qld

Wednesday 3 November Townsville Civic Theatre, Qld

Friday 5 November Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre, Qld

Thursday 18 November Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Friday 19 November Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Saturday 20 November Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Friday 10 December Hornsby RSL, Sydney

Saturday 11 December Penrith Panthers, NSW - *2 shows

For a complete list of tour dates and ticketing details please visit

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