Preview: Nigel Wearne heads to the UK this week

Credit: Ian Laidlaw

Hot on the heels from touring the UK in January, Australian singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne returns to our shores this week, playing the Cambridge Folk Festival and a string of headline dates across England. 2023 has been a big one for Wearne, kicking off the year with a co-bill tour in the UK with Yorkshire’s Lauren Housley, Official Showcases at UK Americana Music Week and Folk Alliance International, and a USA tour in April, where he played the iconic MerleFest in North Carolina and Old Settler’s Music Festival in Texas. Wearne has also just been announced to play an Official Showcase at AmericanaFest in Nashville and festivals, Mile of Music (USA) and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (USA) this autumn.

Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, Wearne is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influences such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Gillian Welch. Blending blues, folk and Americana-noir, he sings “of human frailty, grace and the cosmos. A deep thinker and truth speaker with a penchant for all things peculiar; songwriting that cuts to the bone.”

Wearnes’ 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 debuted at #1 on Australia’s AMRAP Charts.

20 July // YORK Black Swan Folk Club
22 July // MANCHESTER The Castle
23 July // SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA Balmoral Blues Club
25 July // LEAMINGTON SPA Temperance
26 July // LONDON Aces & Eights
27 July // CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Folk Festival
28 July // BRIGHTON The Folklore Rooms
29 July // CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Folk Festival
30 July // OXTED The Ginistry

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