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Sounds of the Wheatbelt CD ready to launch & listen to

13 Aug

West Australian Music (WAM) is proud to announce the latest release from our ‘Sounds of’ project, Sounds of the Wheatbelt, launched at the upcoming GWN7 Dowerin Field Days on 27-28 August, and now streaming at

Sounds of the Wheatbelt is a limited edition ten-track album featuring incredible artists from across the Wheatbelt region. Sounds of the Wheatbelt is proudly presented by project partners Celebrate WA, RAC, Brookfield Rail and the Avon Community Development Foundation through the Wheatbelt Development Commission, and follows the success of previous installments including Sounds of the South West and Sounds of the Pilbara.

The launch at the GWN7 Dowerin Field Days coincides with their 50th anniversary, and in recognition of this, 50 pop-up performances will showcase the amazing talents found as part of the Sounds of the Wheatbelt project, all as part of the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase, funded by the Australia Council.

The ‘Sounds of’ projects aim to provide an avenue for the development of recording skills in remote and regional areas of Western Australia. Each artist is mentored through song production of their chosen track, while expert audio engineers also mentor those interested and working in the sound engineering field. This particular opportunity is even more remarkable given series producer Matt Giovannangelo, founder Underground Records, was joined in the studio by WAM Ambassador & ARIA Producer of the Year award recipient, Joel Quartermain of Eskimo Joe/ Wastelands Studios, who offered a guest producing session for local engineers.

Out of an impressive 46 applications, 10 acts were selected to be a part of the Sounds of the Wheatbelt project; Hayden Sprigg (Mukinbudin), The Pipeline Band (Northam), Georgie Sadler (Wongan Hills), Tom O’Brien and Russel Gooley (Narrogin), John Read (Kondinin), Pete Byfield (Northam, pictured above), Billy Narrier (Mogumber), Ryan Flannigan (Merredin), and Gloria Franke and 83-year-old legend Brian ‘Buzzer’ Bitter, both from Jurien Bay. Their songs were professionally recorded in a makeshift studio set up in a farmhouse between Dowerin and Wongan Hills. Each single on the Sounds of the Wheatbelt compilation CD will be available for release, and the album will be promoted nationally through WAM’s networks.

Physical copies of the Sounds of the Wheatbelt CD can soon be purchased through Heartlands WA’s website and at project partners Brookfield Rail and RAC’s marquees at the 2014 GWN7 Dowerin Field Days. They can also be previewed now at


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1. Wialki – Pete Byfield
(Pete.Byfield – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion. Lauren Arthur – Bass Guitar)

 2. Stay Right Here – Georgie Sadler
(Georgie Sadler – Vocals, Guitar)

 3. Long Time Gone – Billy Narrier
(Billy Narrier – Vocals, Guitar, Lex Parfitt -Didgeridoo)

 4. Forget The Bitumine – Buzzer
(Brian ‘Buzzer’ Bitter – Vocals, Guitar)

 5. The Eastern Line (Grandad’s Song) – Hayden Sprigg
(Hayden Sprigg – Vocals, Guitar)

 6. I Waited – Ryan Flanagan
(Ryan Flanagan – Vocals, Guitar)

7. Lost – Russell Gooley & Tom O’Brien
(Russell Gooley- Vocals. Tom O’Brien – Guitar, Bass, Percussion)

 8. Sacred Sound – John Read
(John Read – Vocals, Guitars. Flute – Peter Thompson)

9. Once There Was – Franke G feat. Matt Knight
(Gloria Franke – Vocals, Keys. Matt Knight – Vocals, Djembe).

10. Our Town – The Pipeline Band
(Shane Garlett – Vocals, Guitar, Didgeridoo. Allen Garlett. Guitar. Clayton Garlett. Drums. Clinton Garlett. Bass. B/Vocals – all members)

Produced by Matt Giovannangelo, Joel Quatermain and George Nikoloudis with Sean Lillico and Nigel Bird. All other instruments played by Sean Lillico, Joel Quatermain, Matt Giovannangelo & Nigel Bird.

More info here.

WAM gratefully acknowledges the fantastic support of our 2014 Sounds of the Wheatbelt major partners.


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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.