Michael Waugh is a songwriter’s songwriter, a compelling live performer and an extraordinary storyteller. Among his admirers are the legendary Eric Bogle, alt. country luminary Shane Nicholson and Josh Cunningham from The Waifs. Michael’s new single We Are Here, is a celebration of gay men through history who have stood up against persecution, sometimes at the cost of their lives, to make it safe for queer people to be visible and proud. AWARDS WON Golden Guitar Awards – Heritage Song of the Year – 2022 The Age Music Victoria – Folk and Roots Album of the Year – 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival – Song of Peace and Tolerance – 2001 Australian Songwriters Association – Rudy Brandsma Award for Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting – 1997 NOMINATIONS Music Victoria Awards – 2017, 2019, 2022 Golden Guitar Awards – 2017, 2019, 2022. “Michael Waugh is the guy everyone needs as a friend. A great listener and interpreter of life in song. I see the pictures he sings about while laughing and crying at the same time. A gifted story teller.” Felicity Urquhart

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