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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's blog

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:

What a great year 2014 was for Bruce with several festivals and heaps of other gigs around Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland. Festivals included Newstead, Burke & Wills, Kangeroo Valley in NSW and Wintermoon and Yungaburra in Queensland. There solo solo gigs at many Melbourne venues and elsewhere, and a number of Unsung Heroes of Australian History shows in Melbourne, rural Victoria, NSW and ACT. Not to mention gigs as a duo with Tracey Roberts, and as a trio with Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers. And to top it all off, a magnificent trip to China.

There are already lots of exciting gigs lined up for 2015. As well as the usual festivals and concerts, this year will see a special production of Unsung Heroes of Australian History: Lest We Forget, commemorating the centenary of the Anzacs. Many school and library shows have been scheduled.

See the gigs page for details.

Bruce goes digital
Bruce Watson has finally joined the twenty-first century, with all his recordings now available for digital download. His albums can be downloaded for only $9.99 each, and individual songs for $0.99.

Download music from CD Baby
Wax cylinder recording
As well as dabbling in new technology, Bruce went retro with some 19th century technology. He had the amazing experience of recording his song "The Man and the Woman and the Edison Phonograph" onto wax cylinder at the National Folk Festival over Easter. Oh, the circularity of it all! He sounds eerily like his great-grandfather.

Fortunately the moment was captured on film: View video
Bush Music Club Song, Tune and Poetry Competitions
Bruce recently won the song award as part of the Sydney BMC's 60th anniversary celebrations. His song, The Reedy River Still Flows, captures the spirit of the original Reedy River musical production that inspired the folk revival and the formation of the BMC all those years ago. You can see Bruce performing the song in this video, and download the lyrics and music.
Unsung Heroes of Australian History CD
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
And check out the showcase video
Bruce's Videos
Check out Bruce's videos, mostly of Bruce's live performances, including:
- Bat Abbott - The Beanie Song
- Australia's Lost Languages
- The Man and The Woman and the Edison Phonograph (with Ronnie Summers)
- The Man and The Woman and the Edison Phonograph (wax cylinder recording)
- I Shared a Urinal with Martin Ferguson
- The Rules of English
- Olegas
- Down at the Pool
- The Reedy River Still Flows
- The Old Bush Dance
. . . and many more.

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

New Videos
Some of Bruce's songs performed at the Ringwood Folk Club in February 2014 are up on YouTube. These are more traditional sounding, but original, songs, accompanied by a great band of local musicians. The vibe is true Folk Club!

There is also a short highlights video of Bruce and Tracey in concert at the Burrinja Café, and Bruce's most recent parody: Bad Abbott!

Check them out on the 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.