LUTHIER & TRUTH SEEKER
"warmth flecked with grit...beauty awaits"
Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, jazz and Americana-noir. Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, he's a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influences such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. A deep thinker and truth seeker with a penchant for all things peculiar, he sings of human frailty, grace and the cosmos; songwriting that cuts to the bone.
Nigel has toured Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and Canada and he's had a huge 2023... in this year alone he's toured the US three times, the UK twice and played a bunch of festivals including AmericanaFest (USA), MerleFest (USA), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (USA), Mile of Music Festival (USA) and Old Settler's Music Festival (USA).
His sophomore album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4-STAR review in Rolling Stone, a nomination for Best Country Album at the Music Victoria Awards and debuted at #1 on Australia's AMRAP Charts.
His latest offering The Reckoning (released November 3, 2023) has received early praise with the first three singles earning him a nomination for Best Blues Work at the Music Victoria Awards. Rollicking, rumbling, sneering and reflective, it's a full band explosion of songs, stories and musical mayhem; Gretsch electric guitar, horns, reeds, Hammond organ, drums and bass. All the while, Wearne's crooning, cutting, monolithic vocal keeps lyricism and poetry at the forefront.
Think after dark jazz club meets Ennio Morricone with a dose of soul. An enlivening experience that inhabits the after-dark realms of blues, jazz and rock 'n roll; this is Americana-noir.
"intoxicating New Orleans-tinged Americana... a bit of Waits, some Early James and C.W. Stoneking" POST TO WIRE
"with fire and brimstone lyrics that recall Nick Cave" RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
"poignant and mysterious" MAVERICK MAGAZINE UK
"guitar that sounds very much in the style of Marc Ribot" RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
Check out Nigel's luthier work HERE.
2024 – Your Roots Are Showing OFFICIAL Showcase (Ireland)
2024 – UK Winter Tour
2024 – Port Fairy Folk Festival
2024 – Master Musicians Festival (USA)
2023 – AmericanaFest OFFICIAL Showcase (USA)
2023 – Music Victoria Awards Nominee – Best Blues Work
2023 – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (USA), MerleFest (USA), Old Settlers Music Festival (USA), Mile of Music (USA), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
2023 – USA Spring & Fall Tours
2023 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase
2023 – UK Americana Music Week OFFICIAL Showcase
2023 – UK Winter & Summer Tours
2022 – Music Victoria Awards Nominee – Best Folk Work for 'Above The Bit'
2022 – Australian Folk Music Awards Finalist – Contemporary Album of The Year for 'Above The Bit'
2022 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase*Virtual
2021 – Folk Unlocked Showcase*Virtual
2020 – Folk Alliance International Showcase, New Orleans USA
2020 – Canadian Winter Tour
2019 – Folk Music Ontario Showcase, Toronto CANADA
2019 – Canadian Fall Tour
2019 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase, Montreal CANADA
2019 – Canadian Winter Tour
2017 – Triple j Unearthed Winner – Port Fairy Folk Festival Competition
2017 – New Zealand Tour
2016 – 'Drawing Circles' Double Album Release
2013 – Music Victoria Awards Nominee – Best Country Album for 'Black Crow'
2023 – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (USA), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), MerleFest (USA), Mile of Music Festival (USA), Old Settlers Music Festival (USA)
2022 – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, The River Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
2021 – Port Fairy Folk Festival March Concert Series
2020 – Cygnet Folk Festival, Blue Skies Music Festival (CANADA)*Virtual
2019 – Troubadour Festival (CANADA), Maldon Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival
2018 – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Wintermoon Festival, The River Folk Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, 2 Worlds
2017 – Illawarra Folk Festival, Birregurra Festival, Blackwood Festival, Surrey Hills Music Festival
2016 – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Nightjar Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival
2015 – Blackwood Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Happy Wanderer Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival
2014 – Cygnet Folk Festival, Majors Creek Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Newstead Live! Music Festival, Boolarra Folk Festival, Blackwood Festival
2013 – Wallaby Creek Festival, Wirrina Bluegrass Festival, Kingston Harvest Festival, Kyneton Music Festival, Avoca Music Festival, Fiddlehead Festival
2012 – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Black Mountain Unplugged, JamGrass Music Festival, Folk, Rhythm & Life