As a singer-songwriter, Michael Waugh's insightful and brave storytelling cuts to the heart of everyday life, and has been likened to the work of Paul Kelly and John Williamson.
Waugh's critically acclaimed albums share many of his experiences growing up in an East Gippsland dairy farming community - something a local audience might understand when he plays Wauchope Arts this Saturday, September 28.
His music and stories have resonated with audiences from Port Fairy to Woodford and the Gympie Muster. His songs peer unflinchingly into the lives of Australian rural communities. The stories are lovingly depicted, evoking striking images of funny, real, beautiful, strong and flawed people.
"We are delighted to welcome him to the Wauchope Arts stage for the first time. Wauchope Arts have decided to offer free tickets to local singer-songwriters so they can appreciate Michaels storytelling talents firsthand," said Wauchope Arts president, Krissa Wilkinson.
"We've invited all the people who attended our songwriting workshop in March, plus the singer-songwriters and support artists we've been able to contact from our membership database. Given that Michael is travelling all the way from Melbourne, we'd love to see a good crowd."
"Another masterclass in songwriting from Michael Waugh."-Shane Nicholson
"As he does so rewardingly right across The Weir, Waugh shapes and colours his songs with the kind of unique Australian qualities associated with Tim Winton, Perry Keyes and Paul Kelly."- Rhythms Magazine
"The Weir is a lyrical and musical tour de force. These songs have few equals in the current Australian music scene."- Eric Bogle
For more info, go to www.michaelwaugh.com.au
Local support will be by Heather Humpreys and John O'Shaughnessy. John is a local songwriter and guitarist whose songs are diverse in topic, lyrically intelligent and carefully crafted, with melodies that stay with you.
His songs have won awards at the annual Australian Songwriters Association event, the Tamworth Songwriters competition and Music Oz. His engaging performances are supported by the rich harmony and lead vocals of his wife, Heather Humphreys.
Michael Waugh plays Wauchope Community Arts Hall in Oxley Lane beside Bain Park on Saturday September 28 at 8pm. Tickets are available online at www.trybooking.com/BEQQF