At the age of nine, a young Joe Mungovan never could have imagined that begging his parents for a drum kit for Christmas would pave his way onto some of the most prestigious stages in Australia. When a near fatal skateboard crash would leave him in a wheelchair for 4 months and unable to drum, Joe taught himself guitar and unconsciously developed a style that is now described as ‘groove-based indie rock’. The now multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer creates music that is always bound to his first love of rhythm, while blending his knack for catchy melodies and introspective storytelling. With full band in tow, Joe’s live performance is an experience not to be missed.
Last year Joe release his stunning self-produced debut album 'A Flower In The Weeds'.
"The result is a collection of songs that elevate the earnest, introspective songwriting that threads Mungovan’s earlier work, with tons of warmth and infectious indie-pop sensibilities throughout. Hazy, blissed out guitar chords and Mungovan’s distinctive croon anchor the songs throughout, with a lush palette of textural flourishes underneath." - Music Feeds
Throughout his career, Joe Mungovan has consistently constructed melodies that expand from traditional pop and rock songwriting structures. His songs have been played across Triple j, Double j and community radio, video support across Rage and MTV and press praise in Rolling Stone, Pilerats, Music Feeds, Au Review, The Music to name a few. Mungovan’s songwriting has also seen him nominated for an APRA Award and Golden Guitar Award in 2021, and a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Joe has shared stages with acts such as Lime Cordial, Gang Of Youths, The Preatures, Paul Dempsey, JOY, Maddy Jane, The Vanns, Winterbourne, Brad Cox, Cosmo Jarvis (US), Hollie Smith (NZ), Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors), Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band).
He has also performed at a variety of festivals including the Queenscliff Music Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Surry Hills Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Vivid Sydney, The Australian Beer Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival, Viva La Gong Illawarra Folk Festival, Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival, BEAMS festival, and Folk By The Sea. Joe was also named ‘2014 Folk Singer/Songwriter Of The Year’ by Songsalive Australia.