LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER
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. Nigel has toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada and he was an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance 2019 in Montreal.
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 MUSIC ONTARIO I’M LOOKING FOR:
Canadian booking agent, festival bookings (2020 & 2021 festival seasons), reciprocal touring opportunities with Canadian artists.
i hear dango - Amy Laidlaw (Manager)
PHONE: 437 229 5993 (Canada)
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2019 Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International, Canada
2019 Canada Tours - Winter & Summer
2017 Triple j Unearthed Winner – Port Fairy Folk Festival Competition
2017 New Zealand Tour – North & South Island
2017 Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence
2017 Featured Open Mic Artist – Folk Alley USA
2013 Best Country Album Nominee 'Black Crow' -The Age Music Victoria Awards
2013 Guitarist to Watch – Australian Guitar Magazine
2020 - Cygnet Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International (USA)
2019 - Troubadour Festival (CANADA), Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, 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
“Warmth flecked with grit...beauty awaits” 4 Stars - Rolling Stone
“Authentic and impressive” - Dave Ruby Howe - Triple j Unearthed
“a fine exponent of roots Americana” - Rhythms Magazine
“One of Australia's emerging songwriters” - Tone Deaf
“the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly”- Beat Magazine
“decidedly Australian, a down-to-earth gritty edge” - The Box