LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER
2019 OFFICIAL SHOWCASING ARTIST
PRONOUNCED: NIGEL 'WERN'
"warmth flecked with grit... beauty awaits"
Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, he melds finger-style guitar, 'up'-hammer banjo, piano 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.
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.
AT FOLK ALLIANCE 2019 I’M LOOKING FOR:
Canadian booking agent, worldwide festival bookings (2019 &2020 festival seasons), reciprocal touring opportunities with Canadian artists.
i hear django - Amy Laidlaw (Manager)
PHONE: 437 226 7216 (Canada)
Brett Perkins Listening Room Retreats
OFFICIAL SHOWCASE - Stan Rogers Room
Duncan Showroom / 39 Days of July
Australia & New Zealand Showcase Room
We're Sorry Canada ITR
Project ATX6 | Austin, Texas
Australia & New Zealand Showcase Room ITR
AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
2019 - Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW), Newstead Live! Music Festival (VIC)
2018 - Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Wintermoon Festival (QLD), The River Folk Festival (VIC), Festival of Sails (VIC)
2017 – Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Birregurra Festival (VIC), Blackwood Festival (VIC), Surrey Hills Music Festival (VIC)
2016 – Adelaide Fringe Festival (SA), Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (VIC), Wallaby Creek Festival (QLD, Tablelands Folk Festival (QLD)
2015 – Blackwood Festival (VIC), Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (NSW), Mount Beauty Music Festival (VIC), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC)
2014 – Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Majors Creek Festival (NSW), Fleurieu Folk Festival (SA), Newstead Live! Music Festival (VIC)
2013 – Wallaby Creek Festival (QLD), Wirrina Bluegrass Festival (SA), Kingston Harvest Festival (VIC), Kyneton Music Festival (VIC)
2012 – Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival (NSW), Black Mountain Unplugged (QLD), Folk, Rhythm & Life (VIC)
MUSIC WORKSHOPS ON OFFER
Guitar Making – A musician’s perspective...
An introduction to guitar making, sharing tips on where to start, guitar anatomy and design, resources and materials and the concept of luthiery from a musician’s perspective
‘Uphammer’ Clawhammer Banjo
A master class on ‘uphammer banjo’ a unique variation of traditional clawhammer banjo. Topics will include playing in 3/4 time, numerous strumming patterns and alternate tunings.
IN-THE-ROUND WORKSHOPS ON OFFER
A collection of prose, music and sound from festival songwriters, that shine a light on the forgotten and unknown stories of mutineers have shaped the modern world.
Beautiful Blue - Songs in the key of Tom Waits
It’s raining hammers, it’s raining nails. A troupe of festival songwriters conjoin to present a junkyard of original music inspired by the distorted, contorted, twisted tales of Tom Waits. *This concept has, and can be adapted to other songwriters, including Loudon Wainright III, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams.