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Nerds and Music Album Launch

Nerds and MusicNerds & Music is a folk-parody duo from Newcastle NSW. Composed of Clark Gormley and Wayne Thompson, the Nerds paired up in late 2007 and are building a folllowing through their comedic performances around Newcastle’s beer gardens, street fairs and Folk Clubs in the area.

The Nerds will be launching their new album, titled ‘Courage in the Face of Absurdity’, at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on September 26.

The Nerds’ style could best be described as folk-comedy. Performing entirely original songs, Nerds & Music aim to reveal the semiotic truths behind everyday existence by forensically dissecting subjects such as mowing the lawn, mumbling and the colour brown. Clark brings to the duo a reputation for witty poetry and songwriting, a legacy of his long courtship with the written word. Wayne is a more recent resident in the world of songwriting, and brings his ‘less is more’ sensibility to the duo’s musical arrangements. Both like to deliver satire coated in pleasing vocal harmonies.

Clark plays bass and harmonica, while Wayne plays guitar and occasional kazoo.

Listen below for a sample of their track ‘Copious Notes‘. This song was entered in the Folk Category of the 2009, ABC Newcastle Music Awards. Clark describes the song as “a piece of folk wisdom from my father, channelling the spirit of Johnny Cash.”

Also performing at the album launch by Newcastle’s own blurgrass (yes, ‘blur’) specialists The Do-Riders. Their version of Prince’s ‘Kiss‘ is something to behold.

Nerds and Music will also be appearing at the Folk in Broke festival 5-7 November.

Find out more about Nerds and Music on their Facebook page

Posted on August 15th, 2010 in Events

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