SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND
Join us in celebrating Australia’s Best Singer Songwriters. Live and Free on Sundays in the Wenty Lounge.
20 | Michael Waugh and Allan Caswell – (Host) Luke O’Shea
Nominated for Best New Talent at the 2017 Golden Guitar awards, Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the emotional heart of everyday life. A unique, intelligent and emotionally charged performer, Waugh has been compared to the honesty and power of Australian folk and country legends, Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson. He is uniquely Australian and genuine – the real deal.
Allan Caswell arrived in Australia as a migrant in 1966. In the 50 years since then, he has become one of Australia’s most successful songwriters with over 600 of his songs released worldwide.
He is the writer of “On The Inside” the theme for the hit television series Prisoner and IN 2016 he won his 7th Golden Guitar at the Country Music Awards of Australia. He has released 15 albums of his own songs. He has won an ARIA, an APRA Award, 10 TSA Awards and 9 Southern Star Awards.
His career as a performer has taken him to nearly every town in NSW, Every state in Australia, New Zealand, The USA, East Timor, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the “go to” co writer for a number of Australia’s to country artists.
Celebrated Storyteller – Singer Songwriter – Luke O’Shea – spent decades touring Australia and the world absorbing insights and inspirations that he now weaves throughout his fine crafted songs.
A recipient of The Bush Laureates ‘Golden Gumleaf’, 7 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year -Luke O’Shea, with or without his exceptional band ‘Medicine Wheel’ – has a powerful – yet classic Australian sound.
Drawing inspiration from the unique and everyday characters he meets or the heartbreaking and significant events of the past, O’Shea designs and delivers his songs to cut straight through the listener’s defences – and whilst there – respectfully enlightens and entertains.
Luke’s sixth album ‘Caught Up In The Dreaming’ was recently announced a three-time finalist in the 2017 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards – for Album of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year and Male Artist of the Year – an award he won previously in 2015.
Deeply passionate about this incredible country of ours – Luke’s determination to Sing Up Australia – and it’s people- is at the absolute heart of his songs. Combine this with his uncanny ability to disarm and engage audiences – evoking fierce patriotism, tears and laughter – all within a matter of minutes- Luke O’Shea is master craftsman.