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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:

2013 was a great year. It started with the amazing Woodford Folk Festival (Qld), several concerts in Bruce's home town of Melbourne, which is, strangely, unusual. and a host of other 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).

UHAH had a fabulous week in Flinders Island,including 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) You can read more about the Flinders Island trip in Bruce's blog.

Bruce also did his first tour of NZ, with concerts in Christchurch, Auckland, Whangerei, and the Wellington Folk Festival, where he blew them away.

Bruce also started doing gigs as a duo with Tracey Roberts. See flyer, and as a trio with Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers.

2014 has got off to a whilrwind start with a heap of shows in the first few months. First up was Newstead Live! followed by the Ringwood Folk Club, a trio concert by moonlight at the Minya Winery, and the laid-back and friendly Burke and Wills Festival (also on a winery!). There are lots more exciting gigs coming up. See the gigs page for details.

Latest CD: Balance
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
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 unsungheroesofaustralianhistory.com
And check out the showcase video
Bruce's Videos
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
- Olegas
- 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

New Videos
Some of Bruce's songs performed at the Ringwood Folk Club in February 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!
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.