Bruce Watson

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Bruce is an icon of the Australian folk scene. He has appeared at over 120 folk festivals across Australia over the last 20 years. He plays regularly at festivals, folk clubs, house concerts and other venues throughout Australia.

Performers of the calibre of Eric Bogle, Joe Dolce, Greg Champion, Blackwood and a host of other Australian and international performers have Bruce Watson songs in their repertoire.

Bruce has received the Declan Affley Memorial Songwriting Award at the National Folk Festival for the song Amazon, which has been recorded by Eric Bogle and many other Australian and overseas artists.

Other awards include Port Fairy Folk Festival’s Lawson-Paterson Songwriting Award and Maldon Folk Festival’s Roddy Reed Memorial Songwriting Award.

He has produced six albums of original songs, plus a songbook of his own compositions: “101 Songs”. He also appears on over a dozen compilation CDs alongside artists such as Yothu Yindi and Christine Anu.

Bruce has a keen sense of the absurdities of life. Nothing is sacred, but many things are precious. A concern for people, the environment, reconciliation and for life's mysteries and ironies runs through his songs. His serious songs are both moving and challenging, and he is not afraid to tackle the hard issues.

The humour can be sharp - or at times just plain silly. Victims of Bruce's satirical pen range from Leonard Cohen to Peter Garrett. Don't miss songs like Save the Hippy, I Shared a Urinal with Martin Ferguson, The Rules of English, and Toddler with Attitude!

His act is one to be seen as well as heard, with plenty of audience involvement and usually a few surprises. Bruce will make you laugh, cry – and think.