Country music legend John Williamson plays at the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.
Country music legend John Williamson plays at the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight. Contributed

John Williamson playing Ipswich tonight

HE'S pretty good at picking the favourites but with a repertoire that spans 45 years it's impossible to please everyone.

Australian country music icon John Williamson will certainly give it a go tonight at the Ipswich Civic Centre. He plays more than 30 songs in his touring set including a sprinkling of songs from his 50th album Honest People.

"I never have support artists because people still come up and say 'We were hoping to hear such and such', and I say 'Well if I was here a week I might get through the 500 of them'," Williamson said on the phone from Sydney before he embarks on the Queensland leg of what has been a busy touring schedule this year.

He's performed at the Civic Centre a few times in the past.

"I actually enjoy the crowd there. They're always very enthusiastic.

"I think it's the area between the city and the bush relate to my music more than probably in the middle of the city."

The title track from Williamson's new album, Honest People, is one that Ipswich residents should sit down and have a listen to.

"It's about the fact that it worries me a bit how we're taking the guts out of towns.

"I saw that in middle America years ago where the town is like a ghost and everything's just big barns on the highway.

"We've got to be careful that doesn't happen."

John Williamson plays at the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight. The concert is close to selling out but tickets will be available at the door.



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