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"warmth flecked with grit... beauty awaits"​​                Rolling STONE

Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk 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 extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and he's performed at a long list of Australian music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival. ​

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Growing up on a farm, working as a high school teacher and having travelled the world, his experiences are as varied as his writing. 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 Magazine.

Listen to Drawing Circles HERE. You can view Nigel's luthier work HERE.


Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)

Wintermoon Festival (QLD)


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

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (VIC) - 2016

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

Majors Creek Festival (NSW) - 2014

Fleurieu Folk Festival (SA) - 2014

Darebin Music Feast (VIC) - 2014, 2013

Boolarra Folk Festival (VIC) - 2014

Newstead Live! Music 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

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (NSW) - 2012

JamGrass Music Festival (VIC) - 2012

Black Mountain Unplugged (QLD) - 2012

Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) - 2012

Gulgong Folk Festival (NSW) - 2012

High Noon Festival (VIC) - 2011

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