Welcome to Bruce Watson’s web page
Bruce is a major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition. Based in Melbourne, he performs around Australia at festivals, clubs and a range of other venues.
Bruce is a hilarious humorist and a writer and performer with the power to move audiences to tears. His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.
Bruce now has a blog to share some of his news and experience in a bit more detail. Check it out: Bruce's blog
News and upcoming gigs:
2013 was a great year. It started with the amazing Woodford Folk Festival (Qld). Bruce has also done a few concerts in his home town of Melbourne, which is, strangely, unusual.
There were also lots of festivals, including Port Fairy and Mt Beauty, with Unsung Heroes of Australian History (UHAH) - who launched their educational resources in April, and are now doing school shows (See their schools page for details). There was also the Maldon and Wellington Folk Festivals.
Bruce also started doing gigs as a duo with Tracey Roberts. See our flyer, and see the gigs page for details of concert appearances.
In September UHAH had a fabulous week in Flinders Island, conducting a ukulele workshop, working with a local acapella group, and doing a very powerful and moving concert in the Whitemark Hall, joined by Ronnie Summers (see The story behind The Man and The Woman and the Edison Phonograph below) - all topped off with a wonderful musical afternoon with local musicians and community at Lady Baron. You can read more in Bruce's blog.
A major highlight was Bruce's first tour of NZ in October. (see photos), with concerts in Christchurch, Auckland, Whangerei, and the Wellington Folk Festival, where he blew them away.
2014 is starting to take shape with a bunch of very exciting gigs organised and a few more in the pipeline.
See the gigs page for details.
Bruce's newest album Balance is available through this website - as are his previous albums.
The launch at the Boite, supported by the cream of Melbourne's folk musicians was packed,and a magic evening.Order, listen to tracks and find out more about Balance
View photos of the launch on Facebook
Bruce joins forces with some other wonderful songwriters and singers in this exciting musical production which takes a quirky look at Australia’s history. The show has received rapturous responses from audiences and reviewers, and the CD has come up a real treat.
To find out more about the project, listen to samples from the CD, and to buy the CD, go to unsungheroesofaustralianhistory.com
And check out the showcase video
Check out Bruce's videos, mostly of Bruce's live performances, including:
- The Beanie Song
- Australia's Lost Languages
- The Man and The Woman and the Edison Phonograph (with Ronnie Summers)
- I Shared a Urinal with Martin Ferguson
- The Rules of English
- Down at the Pool
- The Old Bush Dance
Plus the Unsung Heroes of Australian History showcase video and several songs from the performance of the show at the National Folk Festival in 2010
Go to Videos page
The story behind The Man and The Woman and the Edison Phonograph
Ten years ago Bruce wrote a song on the extradinary story of Horace Watson recording Tasmanian Fanny Cochrane Smith singing traditional Aboriginal songs in 1903. He has now recorded it with Tasmanian Elder Ronnie Summers.
Read about the background to this song, and how Bruce and Ronnie Summers got together to sing it.
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