Josh Cunningham

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Josh Cunningham
Josh Cunningham, The Waifs
22 May 2007
Perth, Western Australia.
Background information
Birth name Joshua Hayden Cunningham
Origin New South Wales
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1987–present
Labels Jarrah Records
Associated acts The Waifs

Joshua "Josh" Hayden Cunningham[1] is an Australian guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who is one-third of folk rock band The Waifs.[2] His involvement with The Waifs has resulted in a total of four Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award wins, all in 2003 for Up All Night and ten further nominations.[3] Cunningham has released five studio albums with The Waifs and co-writes songs with fellow members Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn, including "Lighthouse", which was nominated for an ARIA Award as 'Single of the Year' in 2003.

Cunningham has been a regular member of Missy Higgins's backing band, performed on her recent album "On a Clear Night" and appeared in her live show. Cunningham has constructed some of the guitars he plays, both acoustic and electric.


Joshua Cunningham grew up on a farm in Moruya, New South Wales, and picked up his first guitar in 1987. He met Donna and Vikki Simpson while the two sisters played gigs in Broome, in 1992. At the time, Cunningham played bass guitar in an all-male band. Donna Simpson described, on The Waifs' official website, how they met:

Cunningham has been a member of The Waifs ever since.

In Perth at the WA Art Gallery, March 2017


Solo albums[edit]

  • Into Tomorrow (2011)

The Waifs[edit]

Guest appearances and collaborations[edit]



  1. ^ ""Highway One" at ASCAP ACE Title Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. "Waifs, The". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2010.  Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  3. ^ "ARIA Awards winners by artist - The Waifs". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 18 February 2010.