Eight-time Music New Brunswick Award nominee Eldon Thiele (ZWERG) began singing onstage at the age of 3, and began studying piano at age 5 under the watchful guidance of his music teacher father John Betts. He later attended the prestigious Notre Dame D'Acadie music school, going on to win numerous 1st place awards at The Greater Moncton Music Festival. Much of Thiele's childhood was spent touring with his family's singing group The Betts Family.
At age 18, Thiele conceived his one-man band ZWERG, which has released 6 CDs to-date, as well as a DVD music video/single which aired on several times on MuchMoreMusic. His first two releases, Sepsis & To Myopic Mutts, were featured extensively on national radio shows Radiosonic & Brave New Waves, and were well- received by college radio. His more recent releases continue to receive airplay on CBC radio, among other stations in Canada and the U.S.
ZWERG has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Jessica Rhaye, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Wintersleep, Paper Beat Scissors, Coyote, Dennis Ellsworth, Jon Mullane, Mike Biggar, and April Wine's Jim Henman. He has played numerous acclaimed music festivals such as Pop Montreal, The East Coast Music Awards, and Music New Brunswick Week. ZWERG performs as a solo act, and also showcases with his live band consisting of Dan and Mike Bourgeois (The Melanie Morgan Band/Chris Cummings/George Belliveau), Danny Roy (The Melanie Morgan Band), and Robin Anne Ettles (Roch Voisine/Sol/Shaun LeBlanc). ZWERG presently performs 3 nights a week at the Bistro 140 in Miramichi, NB, and continues to tour and play festivals in Eastern Canada.
ZWERG's latest release is Whims 'N' Words (2012), an album of East Coast Canadian covers and original compositions inspired by ZWERG's life in Atlantic Canada. The album features appearances by John WD Mullane (In-Flight Safety), Robin Anne Ettles (Sol/Roch Voisine/Shaun LeBlanc), Dan Bourgeois (The Melanie Morgan Band/Chris Cummings/George Belliveau), Tim Isaac (Lovestorm/Isaac & Blewett), Stacy Ricker (Sol), Alex Madsen (The Divorcees), Dominique Dupuis, Mel Keith, Mark Gaudet (Eric's Trip/Elevator), Jessica Leigh Cook (Jessica Betts), Devin Quinn (Feedback Scars), Jordan Kern (Emm Gryner/Yacht Rock), and more.
Covers on the album include songs by East Coast favourites Wintersleep, In-Flight Safety, Stevedore Steve, Corey and Trina (Don Fulford), Cajun artist Zachary Richard, among others.