BIO

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AUSTRALIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER

LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER

 

"warmth flecked with grit...beauty awaits"
        rolling stone

Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, Nigel Wearne is a singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, he melds finger-style guitar, 'up'-hammer banjo, piano and honest storytelling rooted in the Australian landscape. Gleaning diverse influence from Tom Waits, Joe Henry and Gillian Welch, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and true tales of Australian history.

 

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.

His sophomore album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone and a nomination for Best Country Album at the 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. “A fine exponent of roots Americana” – Rhythms Magazine.

 

Check out Nigel's luthier work HERE.

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2022 Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase Artist*Virtual

2021 Folk Unlocked Showcase Artist*Virtual

2020 Folk Alliance International Showcase Artist

2020 – Canadian Winter Tour

2019 – Folk Music Ontario Showcase Artist

2019 – Canadian Fall Tour

2019 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase Artist

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 – Best Country Album Nominee for 'Black Crow'

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

2022 – Cobargo Folk 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

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