The Simba Sessions: 29th June 2012

ImageJune 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, honky tonk, country twang and honest storytelling. With a hint of Hank Williams and influences including Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welsch and the spirit of Woody Guthrie, Nigel tells stories of mischievous bank robbers, wandering poets and his love of eggs. After a busy year in 2011 touring, with performances in Canberra, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and the Blue Mountains, ‘Wearne is capturing audiences across the country’ (Beat Magazine). With frayed poetic edges and honest grit, Nigel delivers dynamic and inspired performances that will rattle your emotions. Nigel’s current album ‘Sweetest Delusion’ is an entirely acoustic affair – “the kind of music that really speaks and it’d be a shame not to listen” (Forte Magazine).


Something alchemical happened to Beth Knights when she bought a 120-year-old parlour guitar. It was around the time she began to see the light at the end of a long dark tunnel and together they began a journey. That journey is Beth’s debut ep entitled ‘Even A River Can Drown’. It is a journey of both facing and rising above the bleak: a pilgrimage transmuting lead into gold.
Armed with her parlour, an electric guitar, some pedals and a vocal loop station in solo mode and drums, slide guitar, piano and and on occasion even the ocarina, Beth’s shows are melodic, meandering and magical. With beautifully observed lyrics, haunting melodies and sparse ghostly guitar, Beth’s music weaves a spell upon her listeners. Drawing from her well of both sadness and strength, her collection of Country Folk songs will fill you perhaps not with cheer, but with deep contentedness.