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Gretta Ziller & Michael Waugh

  • The Lost Ones Basement Bar 14 Camp Street Ballarat Central (map)

General Admission: $25

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.

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.

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. He has been likened to the iconic Australian singer-songwriters Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson.

Waugh’s songs peer unflinchingly into the lives of those who have faced misogyny, homophobia, illness, violence and mental health in Australian rural communities – but the stories are lovingly depicted, evoking striking images of funny, real, beautiful, strong and flawed people. They are deftly balanced with humour, hope and lightness – textured with Australian vernacular and detailed with idiosyncrasies of specific places and people.

Gretta and Michael are touring together in celebration of Gretta’s debut album Queen of Boomtown and Michael’s second album The Weir.

Doors open 7pm.

Earlier Event: 29 November
Neil Murray and Sarah Carroll
Later Event: 7 December
Basement Session: Riley Catherall