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Hailing from central Victoria, guitarist/singer songwriter Bill Barber is at the forefront of a new generation of Australian Blues

Bill took an interest in Blues at a young age and by 14 was making the rounds, performing in Melbourne venues alongside Australias most respected Blues artists

In 2012, Bill won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Youth in Bluescompetition and as a result he was invited to perform festivals across Victoria including the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival and End of the Line. He has since added a number of festivals to that list and has also acted as booker for other festivals across Victoria

A move to Bendigo (a hub for Victorian blues) at 16 saw Bill take enormous steps towards a career in music, appearing on local television and radio. It’s around that time that Bills talent caught the 

attention of multi award winning Australian blues legends Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel who have since become mentors and had Bill as both support act and special guest at countless shows. He has also played support for Wolfmother, Shane Howard and Dr Feelgood among others

 

In July 2017, Bill won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society International Blues Challenge, making him the youngest winner in its history. Which sent him sent to Memphis, Tennessee to 

compete in the international Blues Challenge in January 2018 where he was one of the 32 Semi finalists out of over two hundred acts from across the globe

While in Memphis a recording also took place at the legendary Sun Studios, the place that has recorded and discovered legends like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Howlin Wolf, BB King and Jerry Lee Lewis

In recent years Bill has also gained notoriety as a songwriter with a powerful, raw, deeply personal and at times brutally honest approach

What sets Bill apart is his dedication to the Blues. While he borrows influences from various different genres, his music is always deep rooted in the Blues

Bill Barber is the next in line to become one of Australias Blues greatsLloyd Spiegel 

Bill is a fantastic young Blues player who keeps getting better and better every time I see himGeoff Achison 

The most exiting musician Ive heard in a very long timeJames Blundell