island entertainment presents

Billy Whitton & Co.


Billy Whitton is one of Tasmania's best known solo artists, and regularly performs at numerous venues throughout Tasmania and- on the mainland. In Hobart he can be found playing at Wrest Point Casino, Salamanca, Mona, New Sydney Hotel, Republic, Beachfront 32, Coterie Coal Valley and at numerous corporate events. He tailors his performance to suit the occasion, whether it is background guitar solos or classic songs from the 60's, 70's or 80's. He is able to read the audience and modify the repertoire to the event. Billy is known as the crooner of Hobart.

Duos featuring Billy & Co

Billy & Aaron Specialising in swinging guitar tunes and strong vocals, Billy and Aaron present- bluesy and jazzy tunes made up of a mix of original tracks and classic favourites. Expect Buble, Tony Bennett, Harry Conick Jr., John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and something new.

Billy & Randal-  Billy & Randal play a mix of classic favourites such as Leonard Cohen, Bill Withers , Eric Clapton etc .as well as a large swing / jazz & blues repertoire. Playing for many years as a resident act at Wrest Point, they have a high class sound that works anywhere" playing at quality venues such as Henry Jones,... New Sydney Hotel..., MONA Billy & Randal have a perfect mix for functions, cocktail parties, bars etc

Jamie & Billy A- trained singer from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music, Jamie Taylor has been singing soul, jazz-  & rock around Hobart for several years and- also fronts her own original band, Lazerbaby.- Billy Whitton, this duo mixes music from classic pop, rock and soul... and can also specialise in a jazz, blues mix when required.

Tilly & Billy Tilly, influenced by recent artists such as Madeline Peyroux, Amy Winehouse, and classic jazz singer Billie Holiday is the owner of a beautiful voice and is much admired by all in the music industry.- With Billy, they cover classic torch ballads, using and jazz numbers but can also include Billy's crooning styles or earthy blues numbers. Centered around listening type audiences or background at functions, their swing tunes are also good for a dance or two.- Tilly & Billy can also enlist two extra musicians to create a four piece band if this better suits your occasion.

Billy Whitton and the Swingin' Hepcats! Billy is the front man for the inimitable Billy Whitton and the Swingin' Hepcats!

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On a trip to Hobart, suggested that we stop in at the New Sydney Hotel to catch someone he thought I might enjoy. And that’s how I first encountered the wonderfully smooth and refined touch found in the slide guitar stylings of Billy Whitton. He’d play bottleneck-style slide in standard tuning, not only playing melody lines with precise intonation and a silky vibrato that reminded me of no one so much as the Chicago blues great Earl Hooker, but also slanting the angle of his hand to sound chords with the slide across several frets on the guitar neck.. No easy feat, I’ve only caught him a small number of times, but they were enough to leave a lasting impression of a great player.

an article being written in a book by Australian virtuoso guitarist JEFF LANG