Michael Waugh’s fourth album, The Cast, was noteworthy and rewarding in and of itself – a collection of songs that contain not just stories but layers within them, the product of Waugh’s powers of observations of people and places, and of himself. But it has since garnered him a different kind of reward: his first Golden Guitar for the song ‘Dirty River’, as Heritage Song of the Year. Waugh could not be in Tamworth to receive it in April this year, but he arrived the next day, and what happened next is a story in and of itself. The story of that award is also part of the bigger story of how Waugh’s life has changed over the past little while, and in the telling of it during this interview Waugh is as he is in his songs: authentic, compassionate and compelling. His latest single is ‘Four Square’, and we talk about that too. You can watch the interview on YouTube or listen to it on Soundcloud – both available below. And you can see Waugh live on these dates:

Thursday July 7th – Levin Theatre, Ulverstone, TAS

Saturday July 9th – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

Sunday July 10th – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Friday July 15th – Wildfire Lounge, Glebe, NSW

Sunday July 17th – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday July 22nd – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC

Saturday August 20th – Sydney Folk Festival, NSW

Sunday August 21st – Sydney Folk Festival, NSW

Saturday August 27th – Gympie Muster, QLD

Sunday August 28th – Gympie Muster, QLD

Sunday September 4th – Caravan Music Club, Archie’s Creek, VIC