Nigel Wearne (AUS) plus support, Simeon Hammond Dallas

Thu 1st February, 2024
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Nigel Wearne (AUS) plus support, Simeon Hammond Dallas

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Tagged in: Americana, Blues, Folk


Hot on the heels from playing the Cambridge Folk Festival and UK Americana Music Week in 2023, Australian singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne returns to the UK this winter.

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 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 has toured Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and Canada and performed at a long list of music festivals, including AmericanaFest (USA), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AUS), MerleFest (USA) and the Adelaide Guitar Festival (AUS). 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 new album The Reckoning has received early praise with the first three singles earning him a nomination for Best Blues Work at the Music Victoria Awards. Inhabiting the after-dark realms of blues, jazz, soul and Americana-noir, The Reckoning is a full band explosion of songs, stories and musical mayhem. All the while, Wearne’s crooning, cutting, monolithic vocal keeps lyricism and poetry at the forefront.

Join Nigel on his third tour of the UK for what promises to be an enlivening and captivating solo performance.

“poignant and mysterious” – MAVERICK MAGAZINE UK

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

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

Photo credit Ian Laidlaw

Simeon Hammond Dallas

Simeon Hammond Dallas was born and raised in the rich musical and cultural melting pot of Camden Town. Growing up listening to her parent’s eclectic record collection that spanned artists from The Cranberries to Ella Fitzgerald, Simeon’s own music traverses genres and draws on a broad palette of lived experiences to create songs that take her listeners on a rom-com rollercoaster through stories of love, loss and liberation. Through a catalogue filled with intersectional storytelling, hypnotic melodies and poetic lyricism, Simeon Hammond Dallas gives voice to a generation wrangling with the complexities of modern life.

Her second studio EP, Make It Romantic, was held to high acclaim by the likes of Americana UK, Earmilk, Folk Radio, and more. Simeon’s “star in the making” (Lonesome Highway) only continues to rise with a new project brewing for the upcoming year, armed with “a match for the best voices on the UK scene” (Country Way Of Life), and a blazing lead guitar, Simeon Hammond Dallas continues to prove “she is the whole package” (Neil McCormick, TheTelegraph).