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Demos From The Northern Goldfields Due to Launch at Iconic Leonora Golden Gift Festival

10 May

To celebrate the official launch of the Demos From The Northern Goldfields compilation, an hour-long showcase featuring artists from the recording will form part of the iconic Leonora Golden Gift festival on WA Day long weekend 2-4 June 2018.

Fresh off their Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit shows, local band The Tapping Stickz will spearhead the showcase; with three of its band members involved in the ‘Demos From’ recording project.

The showcase has been awarded a primetime slot 7pm-8pm on Saturday 2 June, just before the popular fireworks display and iconic WA blues n’ roots headliner Blue Shaddy; giving audiences ample opportunities to experience some of the fresh talent hiding in their own backyard!

The CD will be released in hardcopy format available for pick up at the Leonora Golden Gift and a number of local venues (see list below). Physical and digital distribution will include being promoted across national community radio via AMRAP (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) and Air It, as well as through Spotify and WAM’s networks from Saturday 2 June.

CD Pick Up Locations:

  • Leonora Community Resource Centre (Tower St, Leonora)
  • Leonora Tourist & Visitor Centre (Tower St, Leonora)
  • Central Hotel, Leonora (Tower St, Leonora)
  • Laverton Outback Art Gallery (Augusta St, Laverton)

Demos From The Northern Goldfields Album Artwork

Demos From The Northern Goldfields is a community-focused project that identified and invited predominantly Indigenous songwriters and musicians from communities in the Northern Goldfields, including Laverton, Leonora, and the communities of Mulga Queen, Cosmo Newberry and Mount Margaret.

It was recorded in November 2017 at the historic Hoover House in Gwalia, designed and resided in by the 31st President of the U.S.A., Herbert Hoover. Leading producers and co-owners of Rada Studios, Matt Gio (Abbe May, Katy Steele) and Dan Carroll (Grace Barbe, Odette Mercy, Mathas) took charge of recording the project; with Drew Goddard of Karnivool providing production assistance.

This new project is in line with WAM’s continued efforts to promote Indigenous artists, with one of the aims of ‘Demos From The Northern Goldfields’, being to capture the creativity, love for country, culture and songs that feature both local languages and English from artists residing in the Northern Goldfields.

WAM’s Regional and Project Officer Nigel Bird commented, “We’re excited to launch this new recording project in the Northern Goldfields as we know that there are some great songs about country and culture by songwriters who are passionate about where they live.”

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.