Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the heart of everyday life. It is honest, emotionally brave and compelling in its beauty. His insightful tributes to friends, family and parenthood are simultaneously deeply personal and nationally recognisable; audiences see their own brothers, parents, pubs, rivers, struggles and joys reflected in the faces of those characters who live large in Michael's songs.
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Gretna Ziller’s sound may bear the hallmarks of classic Americana music but its essence is far more diverse. The Melbourne songstress’ roots span jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical, and that eclectic musical upbringing is reflected in the varied tracks on this new collection.
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“When Michael Waugh opens his mouth, you should listen” - Andrew McMillen (The Australian)
“The Weir” is a lyrical and musical tour de force. In its unflinching, sometimes heart-wrenching portrayal of life in small town Australia, chronicled here by Michael in all its humour, cruelty, compassion, casual racism, love, loss, grief, and sheer mundanity, these songs have few equals in the current Australian music scene.” - Eric Bogle
“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
“Another masterclass from Michael Waugh…..it finds him perched on a songwriting mountain not many of us could hope to climb.” - Shane Nicholson
“ Michael Waugh’s words count for something. His songs are like falling into a movie. It’s a special thing to see a song. Michael’s ability - his gift - is to take tiny, corner-of-the-eye, ordinary moments and sing them into something significant - powerful and memorable and moving. In the cracked earth of The Weir, Michael Waugh has unearthed rare treasures indeed.” - Colin Buchanan
“It was on my third listen to 'Warragul Police' that I came undone, at the second mention of scrambled eggs when dad meets the cops at the screen door. I’m crying, reaching for my hanky and the cd player to play it again!” - Brian Nankervis
“First impressions aren’t always right. If you’ve been foolish enough to nail down the sound of acclaimed songwriter Gretta Ziller, then prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you. Queen of Boomtown, her stunning debut record, defies categorisation and demands repeated listens.”
No matter the mood, Ziller demonstrates an assured sense of melody, building on the promise of ear-catching 2014 EP Hell’s Half Acre. ‘Round and Round’ feels like an instant classic, echoing of the great duets from Cash and Carter to Cave and Harvey.
For Ziller, the songs are often inspired by emotions rather than common trials and autobiographical tribulations.”