LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER
"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 Tom Waits, Joe Henry and Gillian Welch, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and true tales of Australian history. Nigel has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada and he'll make his US debut in 2022.
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 fiction. 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 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.
PRONOUNCED: NIGEL 'WERN'
AT FAI 2022 I'm LOOKING FOR...
Worldwide festival bookings for 2023 and 2024
UK booking agent
European booking agent
THURSDAY 24 FEB
TIME 8:00PM CT
OFFICIAL SHOWCASE (ONLINE)
WEDNESDAY 23 FEB
FRIDAY 25 FEB
2022 – Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International, USA *Virtual
2021 – Showcase Artist – Folk Unlocked *Virtual
2020 – Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International, USA
2020 – 12-date tour of Canada – Winter Tour
2019 – Showcase Artist – Folk Music Ontario, Canada
2019 – Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International, Canada
2019 – 11-date tour of Canada – Fall Tour
2019 – 9-date tour of Canada – Winter Tour
2017 – Triple j Unearthed Winner – Port Fairy Folk Festival Competition
2017 – 12-date tour of New Zealand – North & South Island
2016 – 'Drawing Circles' Double Album Release
2013 – Best Country Album Nominee for 'Black Crow' – Music Victoria Awards
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