Michael Waugh 'We Are Here' in concert

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Painting vivid, joyous, funny & loving pictures of growing up queer in rural Australia, Michael has reinvigorated Australian folk and alt-country music

Stomping the Brunny Ballroom stage with his rainbow elastic panelled Blundstone boots, this is queer-country, queer as folk, and some of the best damned songwriting in the country. Painting vivid, joyous, funny and loving pictures of growing up queer in rural Australia, award-winning songwriter Michael Waugh has reinvigorated Australian folk and alt-country music.

Waugh is a multi-award winning songwriter’s songwriter, a compelling live performer and an extraordinary storyteller. Among his admirers are Josh Cunningham from The Waifs, iconic singer-songwriter Eric Bogle and alt. country luminary Shane Nicholson. He is the recipient of a Music Victoria Award (2018 Folk and Roots Album of the Year) and a Golden Guitar Award (2022 Heritage Song of the Year).

Michael’s forthcoming album ‘Beauty & Truth’ tells the story of his recent coming out. “This record is so very personal, so very important to me. It’s how I say to the world ‘here I am’ -and f***all of the voices in my head and from my past that told me that I couldn’t be loved if they knew the truth.

"When Michael Waugh opens his mouth, you should listen."
— The Australian.... 
"Michael takes all these elements of the human condition and lyrically moulds them into something that is very special indeed, the mark of a compassionate and insightful human being and a gifted songwriter."
— Eric Bogle...
"One of Australia's finest songwriters."
— Stuart Coupe - author, music commentator and radio presenter...
"Michael Waugh inhabits the characters and places in his songs with accuracy and sensitivity. Experiencing his new record made me feel like I’d encountered something that had genuinely made me a better, more empathetic person."
— Josh Cunningham – The Waifs...
"His lyrics stop me in my tracks"
— Fanny Lumsden

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WHEN Thu 8 Feb 8pm
DURATION 2hrs 15m


FULL $35.00
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Brunswick Ballroom

314-316 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

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Upfield line to Brunswick


19 to stop 21 (Brunswick Town Hall)

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