Bruce Watson is an icon and longtime favourite of the Australian folk scene.
His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative, heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.
Bruce has appeared at over 170 folk festivals as well as innumerable folk clubs and other venues across Australia and NZ. He has received a stack of prestigious songwriting awards and had his songs covered by performers of the calibre of Eric Bogle, Joe Dolce, Greg Champion, and a host of other Australian and international performers. He has been a support act for many high profile international performers.
He has produced seven albums of original songs, and received radio airplay across Australia. He appears on over 20 compilation albums alongside artists such as Yothu Yindi and Christine Anu.
He has also published a book of his songs.
Eric Bogle has described him as “the best songwriter I have seen in a long time.” Melbourne folk institution The Boite calls him “An Australian folk hero!”
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"Bruce has a rare talent . . . the best songwriter I have seen in a long time." — Eric Bogle
"Bruce Watson is a wordsmith, a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. He is a contemporary songwriter with lots of stories he tells with passion and integrity. An Australian folk hero!" — The Boite
"Absolutely f...ing brilliant!" — Derek Guille, ABC Radio Melbourne
"He rocked the festival with a series of hysterically funny and heartwrenching songs. I was so impressed ... Bruce is an animated performer with great songs in the folk tradition." — Woodford Folk Festival
"He has a terrific rapport with the audience and a great range of songs." — Peter Thomas, Radio 3AW
"The high class singer/song writer many of us would like to be but few will be." — Graham Dodsworth, Folk Alliance Australia Newsletter
"Bruce is up there with the likes of Eric Bogle & Judy Small when it comes to writing and performing. One of the most entertaining and engaging performers at the Festival." — Illawarra Folk Festival
"Bruce Watson is a brilliant Australian singer-songwriter. Bruce really is the complete package. He performs great serious songs, hilarious funny songs and has a great line in patter." — KeithDonnolly,Britishsinger-commdeian
"What a lovely album! Another Bruce Watson CD to add to my “play when I need to feel good about the world” pile." — Judy Small
"Bruce (has) the amazing gift of putting to words and music emotions most of us feel but cannot express. Amazon is the most important song I've heard in the last 15 years." — Pat Fraser, Twilight Café
"One of Australia’s finest contemporary songs." — Joe Dolce (Bruce’s song September 11)