AUSTRALIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER

LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER

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

          Rolling Stone

Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, folk and Americana. Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, 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 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, Adelaide Guitar Festival and Queenscliff Music 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. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories and an amalgamation of truth, observation, personal experience and poetry. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

 

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 it debuted at #1 on Australia's AMRAP Charts. A story teller at heart, Nigel paints lyrical pictures with "the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly" – Beat Magazine. "One of Australia's emerging songwriter's" – Tone Deaf. “A fine exponent of roots Americana” – Rhythms Magazine.

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 Finalist – Best Country Album for 'Black Crow'

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

2022 – Cobargo Folk Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival

2021 – Port Fairy Folk Festival Concert Series, The River Folk Festival 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

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

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

            Rolling Stone

"a fine exponent of roots Americana" 
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

"Authentic and impressive"

DAVE RUBY HOWE, TRIPLE J UNEARTHED MUSIC DIRECTOR

'Open Mic Artist of The Month' - May 2017
FOLK ALLEY

"Drawing Circles is a glorious cinematic journey, harnessing life’s irregular swells"

THE MUSIC

"A great songwriter"
PAUL GOUGH, ABC Radio National

"the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly"

Beat Magazine

"an eruption of energy, rhythm and melody"

Rhythms Magazine

"one of Australia's emerging songwriters"

Tone Deaf

"Guitarist to Watch"

Australian Guitar Magazine

 

"decidedly Australian, a down-to-earth gritty edge"

The Box

"​a delicate heart and crisp guitar"

The AU Review

"Painting lyrical pictures"

The Mercury

"music that really speaks"

Forte Magazine​

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