LUTHIER, POET & GLEANER
“warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits”
Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, folk and country with a hint of New Orleans jazz. Gleaning diverse influence from Tom Waits, Joe Henry and Gillian Welch, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel has toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada and he's performed at a long list of music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival.
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, a nomination for Best Country Album at the Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on the AMRAP Charts. Nigel’s most recent 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.
Stay tuned for new music in 2022!
Check out Nigel's luthier work HERE.
MAY – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase Artist*Virtual
SEP – Single Release
SEP – AmericanaFest Showcase, Nashville US
NOV – Single Release & AUS Tour
JAN – UK Tour incl. AmericanaFest UK
FEB – Canadian Winter Tour
MAR – Single Release & AUS Tour
APR – US Tour incl. MerleFest (85,000 pax)
MAY – UK Tour
JUNE – Album Release & AUS Tour
AUG – US Tour incl. Mile of Music (70,000 pax) and Philadelphia Folk Festival (40,000 pax)
SEP – US Tour continues incl. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (85,000 pax)
2021 – Folk Unlocked Showcase Artist*Virtual
2020 – Folk Alliance International Showcase Artist
2020 – Canadian Winter Tour
2019 – Folk Music Ontario Showcase Artist
2019 – Canadian Fall Tour
2019 – Folk Alliance International OFFICIAL Showcase Artist
2019 – Canadian Winter Tour
2017 – Triple j Unearthed Winner – Port Fairy Folk Festival Competition
2017 – New Zealand Tour
2016 – 'Drawing Circles' Double Album Release
2013 – Music Victoria Awards – Best Country Album Nominee for 'Black Crow'
2022 – Cobargo Folk Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival
2021 – Port Fairy Folk Festival March Concert Series, 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