LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER
PRONOUNCED: NIGEL 'WERN'
2019 FAI OFFICIAL SHOWCASE ARTIST
"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, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs.
His sophomore album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone and a nomination for Best Country Album at the 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 2020 I’M LOOKING FOR:
Canadian booking agent, US booking agent, North American and European festival bookings (2020 - &2021 festival seasons).
MANAGEMENT - Amy Laidlaw (i hear django)
11:00PM #821 Shubb Capocabana
12:00AM #1101 Michigan Room: Bear Den
11:00PM #1004 The Campsite
11:50PM #829 Australia & NZ Showcase Room
1:00AM #922 MPress Records
11:30PM #906 FAI International Room
1:00AM #1224 ComboPlate Booking
11:45PM #1126 DDTWRB Bluegrass & Old-Time Room
12:30AM #829 Australia & NZ Showcase Room
“Warmth flecked with grit...beauty awaits” Rolling Stone
“a fine exponent of roots Americana” - Rhythms Magazine
“One of Australia's emerging songwriters” - Tone Deaf
“decidedly Australian, a down-to-earth gritty edge” - The Box
“Authentic and impressive” - Dave Ruby Howe - Triple j Unearthed
2019 - Folk Music Ontario Showcase Artist - Canada
2019 - FAI Official Showcase Artist - Canada
2019 - Canadian Tours - Winter & Fall
2017 - Triple j Unearthed Winner - Port Fairy Folk Festival Competition
2017 - New Zealand Tour - North & South Island
2013 - Best Country Album Nominee - Music Victoria Awards
2020 - Cygnet Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International (USA)
2019 - Troubadour Festival (CANADA), Maldon Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Newstead Live! Music Festival
2018 - Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Wintermoon Festival, The River Folk Festival, Festival of Sails
2017 – Illawarra Folk Festival, Birregurra Festival, Blackwood Festival, Surrey Hills Music Festival
2016 – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival
2015 – Blackwood Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival
2014 – Cygnet Folk Festival, Majors Creek Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Newstead Live! Music Festival
2013 – Wallaby Creek Festival, Wirrina Bluegrass Festival, Kingston Harvest Festival, Kyneton Music Festival
2012 – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Black Mountain Unplugged, Folk, Rhythm & Life