Nigel Wearne (pictured) visited Deep Blues in the Eastside studio’s – What a guy! Passionate about every part of music making with an extensive knowledge of musicians from an incredibly diverse range of genre.
Nigels knowledge runs deep when it comes to how music evolved with the people of the land – any land. Listen to the lyrics in his songs and you hear the stories from many places including his own families connections in Australia.
And as if this was not enough, he builds the instruments he plays on stage, beautifully built and French polished. Nigel is a craftsman with his hands, his voice and his heart. You can hear it all in his songs.
I have included Nigels bio below that includes gigs he will be playing with his band The Cast Iron Promises launching their album Black Crow.
New album Black Crow out Nov 2nd…
Nigel Wearne is a country/folk singer-songwriter whose music has an
intimate and poignant narrative. Equipped with personally handcrafted
guitars, his music melds finger-style guitar, country twang, honky tonk
and honest storytelling. With a hint of Hank Williams and influences
including Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan and the spirit of Woody
Guthrie, Nigel Wearne delivers dynamic and inspired performances that will
rattle your emotions.
In 2009, Nigel recorded ‘Sweetest Delusion’ beginning a new chapter of
explorative song-writing. Recorded the old fashioned way to 2” tape, the
album tackles broad song themes ranging from the Aboriginal tracker, to
finding truth and selling flowers at the old folk’s home. With frayed
poetic edges and honest grit ‘Sweetest Delusion’ is an entirely acoustic
affair ‘the kind of music that really speaks’ (Forte Magazine).
After a successful East Coast Tour in 2011 with performances in Melbourne,
Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and the Blue Mountains,
Wearne is ‘capturing audiences across the country’ (Beat Magazine). Nigel
has performed at various music festivals throughout Australia, most
recently including the 2012 Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2012 Gulgong Folk
Festival and the 2011 Tablelands Folk Festival.
In early 2012, he fine-tuned his sound by forming country/folk band Nigel
Wearne & The Cast Iron Promises, with Dan Watkins (mandolin), Kat Mear
(fiddle/viola) and Andy Scott (double-bass). After performing solo for 3
years, The Cast Iron Promises bring rich harmonies, distinctive
arrangements and new life to Wearne’s music.
Nigel’s highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Black Crow’ will be released on
November 2 and was recorded by Adelaide’s Mick Wordley (Jeff Lang, Chris
Whitley, Jordie Lane). The 12-song collection showcases Nigel’s diversity,
from the rollicking debut single ‘Stealth’, to the gypsy tones of
‘Beautiful Blue’ and the brooding biographical tale ‘Pemulwuy’. ‘Black
Crow’ exhibits Nigel Wearne as one of Australia’s emerging songwriters,
and tells stories of mischievous bank robbers, wandering poets and his
love of eggs.
With the November album release and appearances at the upcoming JamGrass
Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and Harrietville Bluegrass
Convention, Nigel’s 2012/2013 summer season is off to a flying start.
Listen to Nigel Wearne’s new single Stealth HERE:
Listen to Nigel Wearne’s new album Black Crow HERE:
BLACK CROW ALBUM TOUR:
3rd – 5th Oct Crave Sydney International Food Festival – Brown Brothers
Music Stage, Night Noodle Markets, NSW www.cravesydney.com
Sat 6th Oct The Shack Folk Club – Tramshed Arts & Community Centre,
Narrabeen, NSW www.shackfolk.com
Sat 20th Oct JamGrass Festival, Thornbury Theatre, VIC www.jamgrass.com.au
26th – 28th Oct Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Fri 9th Nov The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra ACT (Supported by The
Wedded Bliss) www.frontgallerycafe.com
Sun 11th Nov Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC (Supported by Luke Watt)
16th – 18th Nov Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC
Sun 25th Nov The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA (Supported by The Hushes)
Fri 30th Nov The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
For more details check out: www.facebook.com/
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