ABOVE THE BIT // SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR
SYDNEY WEEKENDER - OCTOBER 2018
melbourne show w/JOHN SMITH (UK)
2020 CYGNET FOLK FESTIVAL
M E L B O U R N E !
I'm thrilled to bits to let you know I'll be opening for UK singer-songwriter John Smith in Melbourne this November. John's opening for Gomez on their Australian tour and we're lucky enough to have him in Melbourne town for a special sideshow. I'm a big fan, so I'm really looking forward to this one! For those who don't know John's music yet, prepare for an epiphany...
SUN 17th NOV // Wesley Anne
Northcote - Doors 3pm BUY TIX
I'm heading south to the Apple Isle again this summer to play the Cygnet Folk Festival! I've been lucky enough to play the festival a couple of times over the years, so this'll make it round 3.
There's a bunch of great acts on the lineup too, including Jenny Mitchell (NZ), Catherine MacLellan (CAN), Nicholas Edward Williams (US), Elephant Sessions (SCOT), Charm of Finches, Cat & Clint, Monique Clare, The Maes, William Alexander + heaps more!
10th - 12th JAN - Cygnet Folk Festival
CANADIAN TOUR - SEP 2019
Almost a decade ago, I spent 3 months travelling across Canada from west to east. From the Rocky Mountains, to the mosaic of Montréal and back to the graffiti adorned streets of Toronto, it was a trip marked with poetic meanderings and self-discovery. I was lucky enough to return to Canada earlier this year and I'm stoked to heading back in September for a string of shows including the Troubadour Festival and to showcase at Folk Music Ontario. See you soon Canada!
2019 MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL
I'm heading your way this September! I've just been announced on the line up for the Troubadour Festival. Kinda feels like an apt festival title; it's been a wild year of musical journeys. There's a bunch of great acts on the line up too, including The East Pointers, Old Man Ludecke, Little Scream, Andrew Hyatt, Harrow Fair + heaps more!
I had a lot of fun back in February, but this time I'm looking forward to some Canadian sun. Stay tuned for full tour dates!
21st SEP - Troubadour Festival
2019 DORRIGO FOLK & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
V I C !
For those in Victoria, you can catch me at the Maldon Folk Festival in November! There's a bunch of great acts on the line up including Gina Jeffreys, Neil Murray, The South Carolina Broadcasters (USA), Marcia Howard, Lloyd Speigel, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Suzette Herft, Michael Waugh + heaps more. Bring on festival season!
1st - 4th NOV - Maldon Folk Festival
N S W !
I'm stoked to announce I'm playing the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival in October. It's been a few years since I've played the festival, so I'm really looking forward to this one! There's a bunch of great acts on the line up including Dan Parsons, Andrew Collins Trio (CAN), Jacob Jolliff (USA), Scott Cook & the She'll be Rights (CAN), Monique Clare & Joe D'Esposito, Rachel Baiman (USA) + heaps more!
25th - 27th OCT - Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
OPENING FOR ORDINARY ELEPHANT (USA)
S T A Y * T U N E D !
I've got lots of exciting news to share, so stay tuned for festival and tour announcements.
melbourne shows w/red tail ring (usa)
J U S T * A N N O U N C E D !
I'll be opening for US Americana duo Ordinary Elephant in April. One night only and it's a house concert! I'm really looking forward to this one.
TUE 16TH APRIL // Woodfolk House Concert Series
Woodford VIC - Doors 6:30pm BOOK HERE
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL 2019 - SHOWCASES
M E L B O U R N E !
I'm stoked to announce I'll be opening for US Americana duo Red Tail Ring for a run of shows in Melbourne this March. Here's where you can catch us!
THU 14TH MARCH // The Spotted Mallard
Brunswick - Doors 8pm BUY TIX
FRI 15TH MARCH // Chez Kerby House Concerts
Eltham - Doors 6:30pm BUY TIX
THU 21ST MARCH // Caravan Music Club
Bentleigh East - Doors 8pm BUY TIX
WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY
11:00PM - RM 559 Brett Perkins Listening Room
12:30AM - RM 521 MPress Records
THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
4:15PM - OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Stan Rogers Room
12:05AM - RM 462 Duncan Showroom/39 Days of July
1:00AM - RM 322 Shubb Capocabana
FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
10:55PM - RM 520 ComboPlate Booking
12:30AM - RM 409 Australia & NZ Showcase Room
SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
11:30PM - RM 421 We're Sorry Canada ITR
12:50AM - RM 508 Project ATX6 | Austin, Texas
1:40AM - RM 409 Australia & NZ Showcase Room ITR
CANADIAN TOUR - FEB 2019
J U S T * A N N O U N C E D !
I'm heading to Canada this summer! I'm thrilled to announce I'll be showcasing at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal this February and playing a string of shows through Ontario.
It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since I travelled through your beautiful lands. Looking forward to experiencing a true winter this time, complete with potential -20 degree temperatures... should make for an interesting tour.
See you in February Canada! See tour dates HERE.
2019 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
T A M W O R T H !
I'm stoked to announce I'm heading north this summer to play the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
MON 21ST - THU 24TH JANUARY 2019
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL FLASHBACK
N E W * V I D E O !
Here's a video of 'My Mind's a Mess' performed live at the Port Fairy Folk Festival earlier this year. We took a walk down Bank Street for this one. Huge thanks to Ty and the crew from Shoelace Creative for putting together such a great clip!
CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB W/JENNY MITCHELL (NZ)
M E L B O U R N E !
I'm stoked to announce I'll be opening for Jenny Mitchell (NZ) at the Caravan Music Club on Thursday 1st November. She's crossing the ditch to launch her new album 'Wildfires'. You're in for a real treat Melbourne. TIX ON SALE NOW!
THU 1ST NOVEMBER - Caravan Music Club
w/Jenny Mitchell (NZ)
S Y D N E Y !
I'm heading your way again in October for a couple of shows. Here's where you catch me play:
THU 11TH OCT - Porch Light Sessions
The Acoustic Picnic w/Broderick Smith
THANKS SOFAR SOUNDS
N E W * V I D E O !
Here's a clip of 'The Most of You' performed live at Sofar Sounds Perth back in May.
Huge thanks to Paul and the crew for putting on such a stellar gig and to Greg at Bodhi Tree Surfboards for the incredible space. Thanks Sofar Sounds!
THE LOFT W/STEPHEN GRADY
W A R R N A M B O O L !
I'm stoked to announce I'll be opening for Stephen Grady at The Loft on Friday 31st August. After a massive 12 months touring non-stop as one half of The Ahern Brothers, Stephen is gearing up to release a new solo album. He hits The Loft this August to celebrate the release of the first single, ‘Happy When You’re High.'
FRI 31ST AUGUST - The Loft
NOW STREAMING ON SPOTIFY
You can now stream Drawing Circles and Black Crow on Spotify. LISTEN HERE!
Not only that, Sofar Sounds has just added 'The Most of You' to their current playlist! Huge thanks to Sofar Sounds Perth. Check it out HERE.
WINTER TOUR W/JENNY MITCHELL (NZ)
I'm stoked to announce I'll be touring with Jenny Mitchell (NZ) in July. I was lucky enough to play some shows with Jenny in New Zealand last year. Looking forward to doing it all again this side of the ditch! Watch Jenny perform live HERE.
THU 5th JULY North East Artisans - Benalla VIC
FRI 6th JULY Saint Monday - Yackandandah VIC
SAT 7th JULY Secret Show - Melbourne VIC
WED 18th JULY FolksWagon - Surry Hills NSW
THU 19th JULY Hibernian House - Surry Hills NSW
FRI 20th JULY Illawarra Folk Club - Wollongong NSW
SAT 21st JULY Hardys Bay Club - Hardys Bay NSW
SUN 22nd JULY House Concert - Katoomba NSW
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TOUR
W A !
It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally heading your way! Looking forward to a week of shows in May for my first tour out west. Here's where I'll be...
WED 16th MAY Indy Bar - Scarborough
THU 17th MAY Secret Show - Perth
FRI 18th MAY Good Nights Ferguson Valley TIX HERE
SAT 19th MAY Good Nights Bunbury TIX HERE
SUN 20th MAY Jackadder's Music Club - Woodlands
MON 21st MAY Monday Supper Club - Maylands
2018 WINTERMOON FESTIVAL
Q L D !
This May, I'm lucky enough to be heading up to sunny Queensland to play at the Wintermoon Festival. Looking forward to taking in this view!
There's a bunch of great acts on the lineup too, including Mustered Courage, The Stetson Family, Chris Matthews, Tiffany Eckhardt & Anne Toner, Glenn Skuthorpe + heaps more!
4-7th MAY - Wintermoon Festival
2018 PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL - PLAYING TIMES
Huge thanks to the Port Fairy Folk Festival for having me at the festival this year. Here's my playing times:
SAT 10:00am Reardon Theatre - ABC Live Broadcast
SAT 2:15pm Lecture Hall – APRA Songwriters Forum
SAT 4:45pm Reardon Theatre
SUN 4:30pm Lighthouse - On The Couch w/Brian Nankervis
MON 10:00am Stage 5
NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB W/LINDSAY LOU (USA)
M E L B O U R N E !
I'm stoked to announce in March I'll be opening for the wonderful Lindsay Lou (USA) at the Northcote Social Club.
WED 28th MARCH - Northcote Social Club
w/Lindsay Lou (USA) - Americana / Roots / Soul
Think Lake Street Dive meets the Punch Brothers. Listen HERE.
SYDNEY WEEKENDER - FEB 2018
S Y D N E Y !
It's been way too long. I'm finally heading back your way in February for a weekend of shows. Here's where you catch me play:
FRI 23rd FEB House Concert - Burwood NSW
SAT 24th FEB Fairlight Folk
SUN 25th FEB Salisbury Hotel w/Shelley's Murder Boys
VICTORIAN MUSIC CRAWL #3
W A R R N A M B O O L !
I'm playing at The Loft in February as part of the Victorian Music Crawl #3.
FRI 9th FEB The Loft - Warrnambool VIC
Presented by Music Victoria, the tour aims to build connections between Melbourne-based music industry and regional musicians, venues, agents and media.
Thanks for having me on board Music Victoria!
2018 CYGNET FOLK FESTIVAL
I'm stoked to be heading back to the Apple Isle to play the Cygnet Folk Festival in January. It's been 4 years since I played this little beauty, so I'm pretty excited. Here's my playing times:
FRI 8PM Supper Room
SAT 8PM Willie Smith's Paddock Stage
SUN 12PM Scout Hall
SUN 2:30PM Workshop Room 3 - Guitar Making
2017/2018 FESTIVAL SEASON KICKS OFF
Finally, it's my favourite season of the year... FESTIVAL SEASON!
I'm kicking things off at one of my all time favourites, the Blackwood Festival. If you haven't been before this is one you don't want to miss. Good ole' fashioned fun, no massive crowds and pickin' the weekend away. There's a bunch of great acts on the lineup including Foghorn Stringband (USA), William Alexander, Cat and Clint + heaps more.
TRIPLE J UNEARTHED - PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL
I'm stoked to announce I've been officially unearthed! What does this mean, I hear you say?
It means I'm playing at next year's Port Fairy Folk Festival alongside a bunch of great acts: Tex, Don & Charlie, 10 String Symphony (USA), All Our Exes Live in Texas, Jeff Lang + heaps more. Huge thanks to the Port Fairy Folk Festival, ABC Radio Victoria and triple j unearthed for this amazing opportunity.
ABC stopped by to have a chat and get my thoughts on winning the competition. Watch the clip HERE.
NEW ZEALAND TOUR - AUG/SEPT 2017
What's up New Zealand? I'm heading your way on August 17th - September 3rd!
It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally crossing the ditch for my first tour of New Zealand! Looking forward to spending a few weeks playing some house concerts across the country.
BUNDANON TRUST - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
In July, Luke Watt and I will be co-writing our debut album at Arthur Boyd's property in NSW. Huge thanks to the Bundanon Trust for believing in our project. Stay tuned for photos of our time at Bundanon.
Are you on Insta? Follow us HERE.
NEW PROJECT - ABOVE THE BIT
Tales of mutiny and civil disobedience that lie in the shadows of history.
Head on over to our facebook page HERE and give it a 'like'!
Stay tuned for announcements coming soon.
FOLK ALLEY - OPEN MIC ARTIST OF THE MONTH
I've been announced as Folk Alley's Featured Open Mic Artist of The Month for May 2017!
Folk Alley is one of the world's best folk digital radio stations, based in the US! And THE place for live streaming of folk, Americana and acoustic roots music on the web, 24 hours a day. I'll be featured on their website for the next month where you can stream a bunch of my songs. Thanks Folk Alley!
You can check it out HERE!
WANT TO HOST A HOUSE CONCERT?
Want me to come and play in your home? Music... not lego. Although lego would definitely be an added bonus!
Lately, I’ve been playing quite a few house concerts and I'm loving it! It's a relaxed environment where the audience and artist truly connect, allowing the real magic of music to unfold. Here's a video from one of my very first house concerts.
If you'd like to host a concert with me in your home, front lawn, backyard, corner in the kitchen, I'd love to hear from you. Get in touch here!
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE REVIEW - DRAWING CIRCLES
A huge thanks to Rhythms Magazine for having a listen to my new album Drawing Circles.
DRAWING CIRCLES ALBUM TOUR - SEP-NOV 2016
It's time to hit the road and unleash Drawing Circles into the aether. I'm off for 7 weeks and travelling as far north as Cooktown! I'm playing a bunch of house concerts as well as performing at the Wallaby Creek Music Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival and Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival.
I'm looking forward to experiencing the distance of this sprawling land. What a privilege to be able to explore it through music. It's better to have been lost and loved it, than to never have been lost at all...
4 STAR REVIEW IN ROLLING STONE
Black Crow has received a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine!
"A tidy guitarist, Wearne has a fine voice on its way to becoming a rare one, trebly warmth flecked with grit..."
Thanks Rolling Stone! Read the full review here.
About 18 years ago I built my first Acoustic Dreadnought guitar. Since then I've built various different styles including Dobro, Weissenborn and lapsteel guitars, as well as adding a banjo to the collection a couple of years ago.
My latest guitar craftwork, a 000-12 Martin-style acoustic guitar is a reincarnation of those built in the 1920's. Made from native and exotic timbers including Blackwood, Sitka Spruce, Ebony and Oregon, 'Jane' as I affectionately call her, is the result of over 200 hours of concentration, love and insanity.
Check out photos of the guitar-making process here.
October 18 // DEBUT SINGLE // Land of Equal Share
Above The Bit are hitting the road to launch our debut single Land of Equal Share. Produced and recorded by Matt Walker and featuring Danny McKenna (drums) and Steve Hadley (bass). Here's where you can catch us over the next 2 months...
17-20 OCT // Central VIC Shows
8 - 10 NOV // Majors Creek Festival - NSW
THU 14 NOV // Merri Creek Tavern - Northcote VIC
23-24 NOV // Queenscliff Music Festival - VIC