bill barber & The holding cell

Public Bar
Saturday 23rd December
4pm – 7pm

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

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 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 Bendigo 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, Shane Howard and Dr Feelgood among others. 

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 Australia‘s Blues greats” – Lloyd Spiegel 

“Bill is a fantastic young Blues player who keeps getting better and better every time I see him” – Geoff Achison 

“The most exiting musician I‘ve heard in a very long time” – James Blundell