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FEB 1
BEAUTIFUL BLUE - SONGS IN THE KEY OF TOM WAITS

Next month, I'm taking 'Beautiful Blue - Songs in the Key of Tom Waits' on the road!

 

ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL ~ 2 NIGHTS ONLY!
Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th March 2016

It’s raining hammers, it’s raining nails. A troupe of songwriters conjoin to present a junkyard of original music inspired by the distorted, contorted, twisted tales of Tom Waits. Beautiful Blue will pay homage to Waits and explore how he’s influences songwriters across a vast musical landscape. Featuring Nigel Wearne (VIC), Cal Williams Jr (SA), Emily Davis (SA), Jed Rowe (VIC), Astro Cobalt (SA) + a few surprises! Expect a hearty bazaar of inquisitive songwriting and unique interpretations from the Book of Tom. Special guests to be announced, stay tuned!! Tickets ON SALE NOW via FringeTIX.

PARLOUR GIGS - AUTUMN TEMPEST IN SPRING
SEP 1

A week ago I had the pleasure of playing a house concert for Parlour Gigs in Pascoe Vale.

It was a real treat to play to such an attentive audience! Huge thanks to Lexey and her guests for having me. Check out my new song 'Autumn Tempest' filmed at the gig. Enjoy!

APR 21
BAR OF BENGAL w/THE RECHORDS

Are you in need of a good dose of country folk, western swing and hillbilly rock n’ roll? Of course you are! I present The ReChords. I've got a killer gig coming up that you don't want to miss. On Sunday 4th May I'm opening for The ReChords at Melbourne's best kept secret, Bar of Bengal in Yarraville.

I'm really looking forward to this one, it's gonna be a cracker! Doors open at 3:30pm, and tickets are just $12 pre-sale/$15 on the door! Get your dancin' shoes on and snap up your tickets here.

Check out The ReChords tunes here.

HARVESTER MOON w/THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS
APR 7

On Saturday 12th April 2014, I'm supporting the Davidson Brothers at Harvester Moon on the Bellarine Peninsula. With seven albums under their belt, they've built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin!

Come along for a night of bluegrass pickin' and country twang. Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7:15pm. Dinner & show tickets are $65, or just $25 for the show only. For bookings contact Harvester Moon on (03) 5259 3200 or book online.

 

 


 

MAR 26
ON THE ROAD AGAIN... TO RADELAIDE!

Have I told you about my love affair with Adelaide?  Over the past couple of years I've been venturing west of the border every 6 months or so. There's a reason it's called RADelaide! Two of which are The Wheaty and Red Poles! I'm looking forward to getting back on the road for a few shows, a sneaky trip up to the Flinders Ranges and my first gig at The Grace Emily Hotel. See you fine folk of Adelaide at one of my shows!

 

Sunday 6th April ~ Red Poles, McLaren Vale

3 sets from 12:30pm, free entry. Incredibly delicious food!

 

Sunday 6th April ~ The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton
w/Cal Williams Jr. Doors open at 4pm, free entry!

 

Thursday 10th April ~ The Grace Emily Hotel

w/Courtney Robb. Doors open at 8pm, free entry!

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St Kilda Baptist Church
(w/Yirrmal)
St Kilda, VIC

PAST SHOWS

2016 NightJar Festival ~ Makeshift Groove
Torquay, VIC

Red Poles
McLaren Vale, SA

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JUL
MAY
16

The Retreat Hotel
(w/Rowena Wise)
Brunswick, VIC

MAY
8

Red Hill Hotel
(w/Luke Watt)
Chewton, VIC

APR
29

The Old Church on the Hill
(w/The Hollands!)
Bendigo, VIC

APR
3

Bellbrae Estate
Bellbrae, VIC

MAR
9

Beautiful Blue ~ Songs in the key of Tom
Waits @ Adelaide Fringe
Thebarton, SA

MAR
8

Beautiful Blue ~ Songs in the key of Tom
Waits @ Adelaide Fringe
Thebarton, SA

FEB
25

Some Velvet Morning
(w/Jason Lowe) Clifton Hill, VIC

FEB
18

The Retreat Hotel
(w/Tobias Hengeveld) Brunswick, VIC

JAN
17

The Drunken Poet
West Melbourne, VIC

JAN
14
JAN
3

Bellbrae Estate
Bellbrae, VIC

UNPAVED SONGWRITER SESSIONS #63
MAR 12

On Monday 24th March 2014, I'm performing at the Unpaved Songwriter Sessions at The Old Bar. It's been one of my favourite gigs this past year or so, but sadly it's in it's final weeks.

 

For it's second last edition, I'm honored to be sharing the stage with Mel Parsons (NZ), Sarah Carroll, Damon Smith, Áine Tyrrell and Enda Kenny! Entry is just $6 and music kicks off at 8pm. Get there early to guarantee a seat!

I've also got the following shows coming up:

Friday 28th March ~ Unwined Cellar Bar

Sunday 30th March ~ Queenscliff Bowling Club

 

 


 

BOOLARRA FOLK FESTIVAL
FEB 24

On Saturday 1st March 2014 I'm perfoming at the Boolarra Folk Festival, in Eastern Victoria. There's a bunch of great acts on the lineup including The Jed Rowe Band, The Hannafords, Coalville Road + more.

 

Music kicks off at 11am and goes right through until about 8pm. There's a huge art + craft market, tasty food stalls and best of all it's free folks! Check out the full line up and event details on the website. See you there!

FEBRUARY SHOWS
FEB 1

The fun continues in February with a string of shows in Melbourne and Geelong. As a special treat, I'm playing a rare show with my band The Cast Iron Promises at The Retreat Hotel. Featuring Andy Scott on double-bass and Sally Taylor on fiddle, it's sure to be a hoot!

Wednesday 5th February ~ The Standard Hotel
Sunday 16th February ~ The Retreat Hotel
Friday 21st February ~ Nightjar in the City
Sunday 23rd February ~ The Drunken Poet

 

HARVESTER MOON W/THE WHITETOP MOUNTAINEERS (USA)
JAN 20

On Friday 31st January, I'm supporting at The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA) at Harvester Moon on the Bellarine Peninsula. I'm really looking forward to this one! They're festival favourites across Australia, so don't miss your chance to see the real deal!

Fresh from performing at
Newstead Live Music Festival last weekend alongside Yours Truly, they bring their old time country duet singin', up-tempo fiddlin', clawhammer banjo pickin' tunes to Harvester Moon for one night only. Tickets are selling fast, so get in quick! For bookings contact Harvester Moon on (03) 5259 3200 or book online.
 

 

JAN 2014
NEWSTEAD LIVE! MUSIC FESTIVAL

Next stop is the Newstead Live! Music Festival held on the Australia Day long weekend, 24th - 27th January 2014. It's  got a stellar line up featuring Andy Irvine (IRE), The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), The Ugly Uncles, Little Rabbit, Michael Waugh, Stray Hens, Oh Pep! + more.

 

I'll be joined on stage by the talented Sally Taylor on fiddle. For more details and the full line up visit the Newstead Live! Music Festival website.

 

 

JAN 13
NIGHTJAR FESTIVAL

What a great weekend at the Cygnet Folk Festival. If you've never been, do yourselves a favour and get tickets for next year! 

In the spirit of summer, this week I'm performing at the Nightjar Festival in Torquay. Come along and check out the
artist  market, grab a bite to eat and settle in for a night of music. It's all happening at Torquay Common this Thursday 16th January 2014. I hit the stage at 4:30pm, followed by a bunch of other folk playing musical equipments. See you there!
 

I'm also performing at the Nightjar in the City at Johnstone Park, Geelong on Friday 21st February 2014.

DEC 23
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BANJO

So that's what I'm getting! This summer I'm embarking on building my first banjo.

I've been building my own guitars for about 12 years now, (take a look at photos here) so it's about time I have a go at building a banjo. I don't have any plans, so I'll be making it up as I go.... looking forward to the challenge!

 

I'll be sure to post some photos of the banjo-making process when it's complete.

 

Until then, 'tis the season... so be merry!

DEC 16
SUMMER FESTIVALS

Finally summer is here and festival season is in full swing! To kick off the New Year I'm perfoming at the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania. I can't wait for this one! There's a bunch of great acts on the lineup including The Weeping Willows, The Jed Rowe Band, A.P D'Antonio, Stray Hens, Ange Takats + more. Visit the Cygnet Folk Festival website for full line up details and ticket information.

Later in January, I'm performing at the Newstead Live! Music Festival
over the Australia Day long weekend. It's sure be another fantastic weekend of music, featuring Andy Irvine (IRE), The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), The Ugly Uncles, Oh Pep! + more. For more details and the full line up visit the Newstead Live! Music Festival website.

NOV 27
FINAL SHOWS FOR 2013

2013 is quickly coming to an end, which means it's almost summer! What a year it's been. But... before the year is over, I've got a few shows coming up in Melbourne and Geelong.


On Tuesday 10th December, I'm supporting The April Maze at The Toff in Town. They've just returned from a huge tour in the UK and Europe, so come along and celebrate their homecoming. The fun kicks off at 7:30pm and tickets are just $8.00+BF pre-sale/$10.00 on the door. Buy your tickets now!

 

I've also got the following shows coming up:
Friday 13th December ~ Unwined Cellar Bar
Sunday 15th December ~ The Drunken Poet

NOV 4
FEED YOUR SENSES FESTIVAL

This weekend I'm performing at the inaugural Feed Your Senses Festivalat Harvester Moon in Bellarine, Victoria.
 

The fun kicks off this Friday with boutique Bellarine wine tastings and local art, followed by some great workshops on Saturday including wood-fired cooking and coffee roasting.

I'll be performing on Sunday afternoon along with Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll and the Pirates of Beer, and local Bellarine band Murdena.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Harvester Moon website!

OCT 11
OCT/NOV SHOWS

What a great night at The Age Music Victoria Awards last night! Congratulations to Dan Waters for winning Best Country Album. After a busy September touring the country, I'm taking a couple of weeks break. I'll be back on board at the end of the month for a run of Victorian shows:


Sunday 27th October - Junction Beer Hall
Sunday 10th November - Feed Your Senses Festival
Tuesday 12th November - The Retreat Hotel

Friday 15th November - Babushka Bar

Sunday 17th November - Torquay Cowrie Market

Sunday 24th November - Junction Beer Hall
 

Check out the shows page for a full list of dates!

OCT 7
'BEST COUNTRY ALBUM' NOMINATION

So I got an email last week whist on tour... and I'm thrilled to announce that Black Crow has been nominated for Best Country Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards!

 

What a way to end the tour! It's great to be nominated amongst such fine company. Looking forward to attending the awards ceremony next Thursday 10th October 2013. I'll keep you posted. Stay tuned!

 

Check out the full official announcement of nominees here!

SEP 20
WALLABY CREEK FESTIVAL

Later this month I'm performing at the Wallaby Creek Festival, 27-29 September 2013. Set amongst a beautiful rainforest valley and surrounded by mountains, just 42km south of Cooktown, it's sure to be a great weekend!

 

Featuring Rapskallion, Lily and King, The Imprints, Ange Takats, Hillbilly Goats, Roadtrippers (and their alter-ego Toadrippers + more! Check out the full line up here.

Tickets available online now!

 

SEP 5
BEAUTIFUL BLUE - SONGS IN THE KEY OF TOM WAITS

2013 DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST EVENT
Thursday 19th September 2013 ~ The Wesley Anne


It’s raining hammers, it’s raining nails. A troupe of Melbourne songwriters conjoin to present a junkyard of original music inspired by the distorted, contorted, twisted tales of Tom Waits. Curated by Nigel Wearne, featuring Luke Watt, Sarah Carroll, Lachlan Bryan, Jeb Cardwell, Alana & Alicia, Marisa Quigley + Jim Green.

 

Expect a hearty bazaar of inquisitive songwriting and unique interpretations of Tom Waits. Doors open at 8:00pm, General $15/Concession $10+bf. Tickets are on sale now!

SEP 1
BEAUTIFUL BLUE TOUR

Following the rollicking debut single Stealth and title track Black Crow, September sees the release of my third single from the album, Beautiful Blue.

 

To celebrate the release of the single, I'm heading out on a month-long tour throughout September and October. Check out the shows page for a full list of tour dates!

 

Listen to Beautiful Blue here!

 

AUG 1
VIVA LAS CHICKEN: ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW

Love Elvis? Love chicken? Who doesn't?! Well, on the 36th anniversary of the death of the King, Friday 16th August, come along to The Piping Hot Chicken Shop in Ocean Grove and show your love!

I'll be harnessing my inner Elvis energy and paying tribute to the King, along with Sarah Carroll, Stephen McEwan, Wayne Jury, Rusty Berther, Chris Wilson and the mighty Wilson boys + more!

It's going to be a cracker of a night! The fun kicks off at 8:00pm, tickets $20. For bookings contact The Piping Hot Chicken Shop.

JUL 2
JUL/AUG SHOWS ANNOUNCED

After a month or so of early winter hibernation, home made curries and delicious soup, I'm back on the saddle. I've got some new songs under my hat, so come along and have a listen. I'm also playing a rare show with my band The Cast Iron Promises at The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick!

Friday 12th July - The Front Gallery & Cafe
Sunday 14th July - The Retreat Hotel
Wednesday 31st July - The Standard Hotel

Friday 9th August - The Yarra Hotel
 

Check out the shows page for a full list of dates!

JUN 5
BENDIGO FOLK CLUB

It's been a while since I've played in Bendigo... years infact! So I'm thrilled to announce that I'm performing a special show at the Bendigo Folk Club on Friday 21st June 2013.

The Bendigo Folk Club is located under the Grandstand at Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, Bendigo. Doors open at 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start. Tickets are just $20, or $15 for members and concession.

For more details visit the Bendigo Folk Club website. Look forward to seeing Bendigo fans at the show!

MAY 15
WINTER HIBERNATION

I'm taking a short break over the next month or so with a bit of early winter hibernation. I'm looking forward to writing some new songs, and putting together some great shows for later in the year, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out my facebook page to keep in touch.

 

Stay tuned for July show details!

MAY 1

2013 KINGSTON HARVEST FESTIVAL

The 2012/2013 summer festival season is sadly coming to a close. I've been lucky enough to play at some great festivals across Australia over the past few months, it's been a blast!

Before I go into winter hibernation, I've got one last festival performance to wrap up the season. ​I'll be performing with my band The Cast Iron Promises at the Kingston Harvest Festival on Saturday 11 May 2013.

A bunch of great Melbourne acts are also on the line up, including Sal Kimber & the Rollin' Wheel, The Stetson Family, Tracy McNeil Band + more. ​Entry by gold coin donation. For more information visit the festival website!

APR 1
ADELAIDE WEEKENDER

To celebrate the release of my new single Black Crow, I'm packing my bags and heading to Adelaide for a weekend fly by tour!

I'm playing a couple of sets in the front bar at The Gov on Friday 5th April 2013. You can also catch me at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Sunday 7th April 2013, with A.P D'Antonio. Both shows are free folks!
 

Listen to Black Crow here!

MAR 25

SECOND SINGLE & TITLE TRACK RELEASE

Next month I'm releasing the second single and title track from my latest album Black Crow.

Black Crow follows the rollicking debut single Stealth which debuted at #1 on Amrap's AirIt Great Southern Charts and featured on Felicity Urquhart Presents Saturday Night Country Vol. 3 compilation.

Listen to Black Crow here!

 

Watch the clip of Black Crow performed live at the 2013 JamGrass Music Festival.

THESE MACHINES CUT RAZOR WIRE 2013

MAR 20

Ever wondered what Woody Guthrie would sing about in Australia in 2013? Chances are he'd be raising his voice for the powerless and abused.

In this spirit, These Machines Cut Razor Wire 2013, brings together a host of musicians to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Featuring Chris Wilson, Jeff Lang, Charles Jenkins, Susannah Espie, Les Thomas,  Alison Ferrier, ​ Bill Jackson + more!

Come along to The Thornbury Theatre on Sunday 14th April 2013 and support the ARSC. Tickets are on sale now!

2013 AVOCA MUSIC FESTIVAL

MAR 4

Later this month I'm performing at the Avoca Music Festival, 22-24 March 2013. It's going to be a great weekend of music, featuring Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Alana & Alicia, The Junes, Rory Ellis, Tiffany Eckhart, Dave Steel + more.

 

Check out the full line up here.

I'll be joined on stage by my band The Cast Iron Promises
. Come along and join the fun. Tickets available online now!

FEB 17

2013 KYNETON MUSIC FESTIVAL

Next month I'm performing at the Kyneton Music Festival, 1-3 March 2013. With over 40 bands across 14 venues, it's going to be a huge weekend of music! Featuring Mick Thomas, Stonefield, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Luke Watt, Tully Sumner + more. I'm performing at the historic Kyneton Town Hall on the Saturday night of the festival.

 

I'll be joined on stage by Dan Watkins on mandolin. Come along and join the fun, weekend tickets are just $45!! Buy your ticket online now!

SONG LYRICS

FEB 5

Since releasing Black Crow in November 2012, I've had quite a few requests for the song lyrics. It's great to hear people are enjoying the new album and are keen discover more about my music.

 

Lyrics for all the songs on Black Crow are now available on the website.  Thanks for your patience. View song lyrics here. Enjoy!

 

Lyrics from Sweetest Delusion will be available soon.​
 

FEB 1

BLACK CROW RECEIVES 4 STAR REVIEW IN ROLLING STONE

Black Crow has received a 4 star review in this month's edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. "A tidy guitarist, Wearne has a fine voice on its way to becoming a rare one, trebly warmth flecked with grit..."

 

Thanks Rolling Stone! Read the full review here!

SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY VOL 3 RELEASED TODAY

JAN 18

My song Stealth features on 'Felicity Urquhart Presents Saturday Night Country Vol 3'. Just in time for Tamworth! There's a bunch of other country songsters on the album too, including Catherine Britt, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, The Stetson Family, Lee Kernaghan + more.

 

Now available at your local ABC Shop or get a copy online. Thanks for your support Felicity!

JAN 3

FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS

Happy New Year! 2013 is off to a great start after being announced on the line up for a few festivals!

In February, I'll be performing at the
Fiddlehead Festival in Yinnar, Victoria. Check out the details here. In March, I'll be performing at the Kyneton Music Festival as well as the Avoca Music Festival.

 

Check out the festival websites for full line up details and ticket information. Stay tuned for more tour and festival announcements!

THE BLACK CROW HAS FLOWN

DEC 10

What a tour! Thanks to everyone who came along to the shows and bought the album. After five launch shows, four states, five festivals and 30,000 kilometres, the Black Crow Tour is done and dusted!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet new friends along the way. I hope you're all enjoying the album. Thanks for supporting independent music! Lots of exciting stuff happening in 2013, stay tuned!

FOLK, RHYTHM & LIFE

NOV 13

NEWS JUST IN!! I've just been announced on the Folk, Rhythm & Life lineup! It's going to be a great weekend of music, featuring Mia Dyson, Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Sal Kimber and the Rollin' Wheel, Abbie Cardwell, Liz Stringer, April Maze + more.

Check out the full line up here, it's going to be awesome!

NOV 6

GUITAR-MAKING PHOTOS

About 11 years ago I built my first Acoustic Dreadnought guitar. Since then I've built various different styles including Dobro, Weissenborn and lapsteel guitars.

 

My latest craftwork, a 000-12 Martin-style acoustic guitar is a reincarnation of those built in the 1920's. Made from native and exotic timbers including Blackwood, Sitka Spruce, Ebony and Oregon, 'Jane' as I affectionately call her, is the result of over 200 hours of concentration, love and insanity.

 

Check out photos of the guitar-making process here.

NOV 2

BLACK CROW IS OFFICIALLY RELEASED TODAY!

Black Crow is officially released today! Get your copy by visiting the online shop or you can download it on iTunes. ​

Black Crow is also available at the following stores:


Basement Discs ~ Melbourne, VIC​

Thornbury Records ~ Thornbury, VIC

Pure Pop Records ~ St Kilda, VIC​​

Capricorn Records ~ Warrnambool, VIC

Landspeed Records ~ Civic Square, ACT​

Title ~ Adelaide, SA

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE

NOV 1

Welcome to my new website! Take a look around and check out my latest music, videos and tour dates. Lots of stuff still to come including lyrics, guitar making photos, mailing list and giveaways. Stay tuned!