“Whip-smart and all kinds of profound.
Each song is a masterpiece”
“elegant, edgy and elegiac”
- San Francisco Bay Guardian
“sexy, sassy, smart, genuine”
- The Daily Californian
“Virago’s ‘folk punk’ is definitely twenty-first century stuff”
One of the nation’s “Top 25 Hot Femmes”
Shawna Virago is a San Francisco-based transgender musician celebrated for her striking lyric-based song. Her music twists together folk, punk and roots music, creating anthems for a new generation. Virago’s songs are raw observations about survival in a predatory world, sticking up for the underdog, queer love and gender outlaws. Her performances are celebrated for their compelling mix of original songs, storytelling and standup.
Virago’s album Objectified has been featured in publications from Curve Magazine to OUT to the San Francisco Chronicle, and on left-of-the-dial radio and NPR. Shewired magazine named Virago as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Hot Femmes.”
Virago’s music video Transsexual Dominatrix has screened at more than 25 film festivals around the world, including festivals in Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, London, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Bologna, Italy. Transsexual Dominatrix was named an Official Selection of the 26th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and was awarded Best Music Video at New York’s CineKink Festival.
Virago is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF). Under her leadership, SFTFF continues to break venue attendance records.
Virago is a published writer and her latest work appears in Gender Outlaws: Next Generation andin the anthologies Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary and Take Me There. She has been featured in documentary works on PBS and NPR. Miss Virago also composed original music for choreographer Sean Dorsey’s acclaimed dance theater work Uncovered: The Diary Project, about pioneering transman Lou Sullivan.
Virago has toured extensively to theaters, clubs, Festivals, Pride stages, colleges and universities across the US. Recent appearances include the Fresh Meat Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Trans March Stage, the Femme Conference, The Tranny Roadshow, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, HomoAGoGo, Sex Workers Art Show, Los Angeles Pride, Long Beach Pride, San Francisco Pride and many others. Contact us about bookings.