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Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, he melds finger-style guitar, 'up'-hammer banjo, piano and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs.

Nigel has toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada and he's performed at a long list of music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. In 2019, he was an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International in Montreal.

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories and an amalgamation of truth, observation, personal experience and fiction. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

His 2012 album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone and a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Nigel’s current album Drawing Circles is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” - Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” - Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Listen to Drawing Circles HERE. Check out Nigel's luthier work HERE.


2019 Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC) *Above The Bit

2020 Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS)

2020 Folk Alliance International (USA)

2020 Cobargo Folk Festival (NSW)

Majors Creek Festival (NSW) - 2019 *Above The Bit, 2014 *Solo

Maldon Folk Festival (VIC) - 2019

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (NSW) - 2019, 2012

Troubadour Festival (CANADA) - 2019

Folk Alliance International (CANADA) - 2019 Official Showcase Artist
Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW) - 2019

Newstead Live! Music Festival (VIC) - 2019 *Above The Bit, 2014 *Solo

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (VIC) - 2018

2 Worlds Festival (VIC) - 2018 *Above The Bit

Wintermoon Festival (QLD) - 2018

Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) - 2018, 2012

The River Folk Festival (VIC) - 2018

Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS) - 2018, 2014

Surrey Hills Music Festival (VIC) - 2017

Blackwood Festival (VIC) - 2017, 2015, 2014

Birregurra Festival (VIC) - 2017

Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW) - 2017

Tablelands Folk Festival (QLD) - 2016, 2011

Wallaby Creek Festival (QLD) - 2016, 2013

Adelaide Fringe Festival (SA) - 2016

NightJar Festival (VIC) - 2016, 2015


Happy Wanderer Festival (VIC) - 2015

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (NSW) - 2015

Newport Folk Festival (VIC) - 2015

Mount Beauty Music Festival (VIC) - 2015, 2010

Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) - 2015

Fleurieu Folk Festival (SA) - 2014

Darebin Music Feast (VIC) - 2014, 2013

Boolarra Folk Festival (VIC) - 2014

Wirrina Bluegrass Festival (SA) - 2013

Kingston Harvest Festival (VIC) - 2013

Avoca Music Festival (VIC) - 2013

Kyneton Music Festival (VIC) - 2013

Fiddlehead Festival (VIC) - 2013

Folk, Rhythm & Life (VIC) - 2012

Harrietville Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention (VIC) - 2012

JamGrass Music Festival (VIC) - 2012

Black Mountain Unplugged (QLD) - 2012

Gulgong Folk Festival (NSW) - 2012

High Noon Festival (VIC) - 2011

Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC) - 2008, 2007, 2006