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Willie and the Correspondents

To celebrate live music being back, the retirement of Phil Williams from the ABC and instead of the Mid-Winter Ball, Willie and the Correspondents will play two sets of original music (and a few covers) at the NPC starting at 7:30pm.

It will be a night of great music and entertainment.

Bookings not necessary, first in best dressed.
Dinner available beforehand at the Chatham Restaurant - bookings required.

You can check WTC out at:

Willie and the Correspondents is a Canberra country/folk band that has been around for several decades and recorded two albums as West Texas Crude.

They have strong links to the Press Gallery with recently retired ABC Chief Foreign Correspondent Phil Williams on blues harp, Keating press secretary Greg Turnbull on drums and former Susan Ryan private secretary Hugh Watson on guitar. They’re rounded out by extraordinary musicians Matthew Herbert (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter MacDonald (bass).

The Canberra Times described their music as follows:

“Willie and the Correspondents deliver songs of laughter, sorrow, joy and insight through intelligent, original ballads delivering compelling commentaries on life, love, death and politics.”

WTC has performed at the National Folk Festival, Majors Creek Festival, Kiama Folk Festival, the Hay Runners’ Ball for Drought at Canberra’s Southern Cross Club and also at sold-out performances at the Abbey in Canberra. They have drawn crowds to their gigs at Smiths Original in Canberra and to the Tathra Pub. They also played at ‘Band Together’ - the Tathra Bushfire fundraiser.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

The National Press Club of Australia