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 started off in wonderful fashion with performances at the most amazing Woodford Folk Festival (Qld). And perhaps what was most amazing was the ideal weather - not boiling, and not pouring rain! February brought a concert at 'BADFolk' in Berwick and a delightful appearance at a celebration of the preservation of the historical Brunswick Brickworks from the ravages of inappropriate development.
In March Unsung Heroes of Australian History (UHAH) played to passionately enthusiastic audiences at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. And the Zamponistas were invited to play with Chilean music heroes Illapu on the Melbourne leg of their 40th anniversary tour.
Lots of gigs coming up, including UHAH at the Gippsland Accoustic Music Club (Tyers), Mount Beauty Music Festival, and a keynote presentation at the History Teachers Association of Australia's national conference and a concert in Canberra. Bruce will also be doing his first duo set with Tracey Roberts in June, and playing his first gigs in New Zealand in October.
There is also a possibility of a very exciting surprise – but you’ll have to wait to hear more about that!
See Gig Guide 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.
Poem on Campbell the Swaggie
Everyone who has been to a folk festival has seen Campbell reciting with his swag and billy - busking or at a Poets' Breakfast. He seems to magically appear at every festival. But I was at a festival recently and he wasn't there!
Read the poem
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