Nigel Wearne

photo by Ian Laidlaw

Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, jazz and Americana-noir. Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, he’s a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influences such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. A deep thinker and truth seeker with a penchant for all things peculiar, he sings of human frailty, grace and the cosmos; songwriting that cuts to the bone.

Nigel had a huge 2023… he toured the US three times, the UK twice and played a bunch of festivals including MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, AmericanaFest, Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Mile of Music and Old Settler’s Music Festival. His sophomore album, Black Crow garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4-STAR review in Rolling Stone and debuted at #1 on Australia’s AMRAP Charts. His latest offering The Reckoning has received early praise with a nomination for Best Blues Work at the 2023 Music Victoria Awards and a 4-STAR review in The Weekend Australian.

“intoxicating New Orleans-tinged Americana… a bit of Waits, some Early James and C.W. Stoneking” – POST TO WIRE

“poignant and mysterious” – MAVERICK MAGAZINE UK

“an eruption of energy, rhythm and melody” – RHYTHMS MAGAZINE