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Nigel Wearne, Jordan Smart
Wed July 17, 2024 8:00 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm )
The Southgate House Revival - Revival Room
Ages 18 and Up
$18/$20

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 influence from Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. A deep thinker and truth speaker 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 he's performed at a long list of music festivals, including MerleFest, AmericanaFest, Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Adelaide Guitar Festival (Australia), Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, 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, a nomination for Best Country Album at the Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on Australia's AMRAP Charts. His latest offering The Reckoning (released Nov 2023) received a nomination for Best Blues Work at the 2023 Music Victoria Awards, a 4-STAR review in The Weekend Australian and had two songs selected as finalists (top #10) in the International Songwriting Competition. Inhabiting the after-dark realms of blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n roll; this is Americana-noir. 

 

"vocal swagger of Van Morrison and dark spirituality and intelligence of Nick Cave" – 4 STARS | THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
"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

"tailor made for fans of Tom Waits…with fire and brimstone lyrics that recall Nick Cave" – RHYTHMS MAGAZINE


 
Nigel Wearne
Jordan Smart

After logging thousands of miles hitch-hiking and countless hours busking curbside in cities around the country, Jordan Smart had gained quite a bit of life experience to share with his listeners. Slowly working his way into the hearts of smoky old dive bars and tucked-away mountain music festivals, it came as no surprise to those who had come to know and love his music and message when Jordan joined the ranks of folk singers before him and landed multiple slots opening for Senator Bernie Sanders on his presidential campaign trail. Anyone with a little musical ability can call themselves a singer-songwriter, but Smart is a Troubadour, tried and true, and he earned his chops in the streets of America. 

 

The folk singer-songwriter was born in Cleveland, and raised in the rolling hills of rural North East Ohio. Smart’s songs evoke rich and timeless imagery not unlike the landscape he grew up in or the many he has visited in his travels. He has mastered the art of lyrically conveying both simple and complex human emotion, often with a good dole of wit. With a sound that is raw yet accessible Smart has made friends and fans throughout the country, and his reach is beginning to extend around the globe. He is currently booking in support of his first full-length album entitled “Heart of It All” released fall of 2017.