Band page created in 2006.
Three times winner of 'The South Australian Songwriter of the Year' and Bank's Music 'Best New Music U.K.' award winner, Cal Williams Jr, has recently been invited to perform at the prestigious 'Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2008'. 'Cal Williams Jr is one of Australia's finest slide blues guitarists'-Hipnote, Australia. Cal Williams Jr first studied classical guitar under renowned Adelaide university music lecturer, Anthony Pak-Poy, and continued his guitar studies at the Leeds College of Music, U.K. Whilst based in the U.K., Cal also received personal slide tutelage from blues legend and 'Notting Hillbillies' (Mark Knopfler/Brendan Kroker) guitarist Steve Phillips. Cal Williams Jr has performed at a variety of leading U.K. venues and festivals including the Leeds In-The-City Festival, the Famous Spiegeltent, the Edinburgh Festival fringe, the Beverley and East Riding Festival, H2004 and H2005 Scarborough Beached Festival, Musicport World Music Festival, Baysound Festival and The St.Ives September Fringe. Cal Williams Jr has performed with a variety of outstanding artists such as Dick Gaugham, Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall, Martin Simpson, C.W Stoneking, Lightning Willie and the Poor Boys, Kathryn Williams and Steve Phillips. Cal has also performed live-to-airs on BBC Raw Talent, BBC Radio Cleveland, BBC Radio York, Fresh Air FM and BBC Radio Lancashire. Cal Williams Jr has written and performed film soundtracks for the East Coast British surf movie '900 miles' , the award-winning Jan Tesitel directed 'Orange Business' and the critically acclaimed U.K. short film 'Wilderness'. Since returning to Australia, Cal Williams Jr has performed regularly at prestigious Adelaide music venues such as the Grace Emily, the Exeter, The Wheatsheaf, the Governor Hindmarsh and the Adelaide Festival Centre. Cal has also performed at the 'Semaphore Music Festival', 'Radio Adelaide Live Music Festival', 'Adelaide Blues Festival', 'Sea and Vines Festival', 'Crush Festival', 'Rock the Vote' benefit show and has played live-to-air on Channel 7, Triple J, ABC Radio, Radio Adelaide and Three D Radio. Cal has also formed his own band 'The Cal Williams Jr Band' comprising of Elder Conservatorium Jazz graduates Kory Horwood on Double Bass, and Tori Phillips on Violin. The Cal Williams Jr band adds a beautifully rhythmic and melodic accompaniment to Cal's unique brand of slide-blues and gentle fingerpicking.