One of the finest songwriters of the modern age is set to make his return to Australia next year, with Bill Callahan announcing a run of Aussie shows today.

If you’ve ever considered yourself a fan of the indie or folk genres, then there’s an almost perfect chance you would have heard of Bill Callahan.

First rising to prominence in the early ’90s as Smog, this acclaimed musician released 11 studio albums under this moniker, delivering powerful, emotional tunes like ‘Cold Blooded Old Times’, ‘Teenage Spaceship’ and the mesmerising ‘To Be Of Use’.

Since 2005 though, Callahan has been using his real name for his recordings, with 2011’s Apocalypse recently being named the 39th best album of the decade by Pitchfork, and ‘Riding For The Feeling’ being named 11th best song.

Check out ‘Teenage Spaceship’ by Smog:

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No stranger to Australian shores, Bill Callahan last visited us back in 2017, performing for Vivid Live in Sydney, and delivering a six-night residency at the Melbourne venue of Howler.

Now, with Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest – his first album in five years – being released back in June, Callahan has made plans to return down under, landing on the bill for festivals such as Golden Plains and WOMADelaide in 2020.

However, he’ll be delivering a few headline performances too, kicking things off with a visit to Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Sydney’s State Theatre, and The Tivoli in Brisbane before all that kicks off.

These headline shows will see Callahan joined by Xylouris White, the enigmatic and immersive duo consisting of Dirty Three drummer and sometime Callahan associate Jim White, and Cretan lute playing legend George Xylouris.

Tickets to these shows go on sale from Tuesday, October 22nd, with a pre-sale kicking off at 10am on Monday, October 21st through Feel Presents.

Check out ‘Too Many Birds’ by Bill Callahan:

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Bill Callahan Australian Tour 2020

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC *

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
State Theatre, Sydney, NSW *

Friday, March 6th, 2020
The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD *

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, VIC

Sunday, March 8th, 2020
WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

*special guests Xylouris White

Pre-sale tickets on sale from 10am on Monday, October 21st
General public on sale from Tuesday, October 22nd