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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-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 Gillian Welch. A deep thinker and truth speaker 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 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.

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 the AMRAP Charts. Singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner; Wearne paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – BEAT MAGAZINE. “An eruption of energy, rhythm and melody” – RHYTHMS MAGAZINE.

Check out Nigel's luthier work  HERE .

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AUSTRALIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER

LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER

UPCOMING ACTIVITY

JAN 2023 – AmericanaFest UK OFFICIAL Showcase, London UK
JAN 2023 – UK Tour 13-28 January 2023 – Co-bill with Lauren Housley (UK)

FEB 2023 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase, Kansas City USA

APR 2023 – MerleFest USA

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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'

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

2022 – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, The River Folk Festival (ATB), Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (ATB)

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 (ATB), 2 Worlds (ATB)

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​