At just 19, Bill Barber is one of the most exciting young artists in the thriving Victorian Blues music scene.
Bill took an interest in blues at a young age and by 14 was making the rounds, performing in Melbourne venues alongside Australia’s most respected Blues artists.
In 2012, Bill won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society ‘Youth in Blues’ competition 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 the youth stages for other festivals.
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 Bill’s 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, James Blundell, Shaun Kirk, Alex Legg, and Claude Hay among others.
In March 2016, Bill released his highly anticipated first album “Thanks for your consideration” along with his first Victorian tour. Around the same time Bill was given an endorsement with Cole Clark guitars, one of Australia’s leading instrument companies.
What sets Bill apart is his dedication to the Blues. While most young artists enter the Blues via the roots music movement, Bill’s passion is for Blues in its true form.
“Bill Barber is the next in line to become one of Australia’s Blues greats” – Lloyd Spiegel (Australian Blues Legend)