Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit: ESPERANCE
Ticket Prices: FREE
WAM’s new Goldfield-Esperance Touring Circuit will traverse over 1200 kilometres in a bid to explore the thirst for contemporary live music in the region.
The pilot tour will see four free performances over four days all headlined and supported by local acts in community venues and public spaces across the Goldfields-Esperance region; with all shows supported by local government associations and arts organisations.
Esperance is up first! With a power-packed local lineup set to entertain punters at the Cannery Arts Centre on Thursday 12 April.
Co-headlining the entire tour are two bands from opposite ends of the region: Leonora-based act The Tapping Stickz, containing three members who’ve recently recorded solo tracks on WAM’s upcoming Demos From The Northern Goldfields compilation release, and Esperance’s own three-piece Grand Casual, who are due to release their first single Soldiers to coincide with this tour. Headliners will appear alongside local supports including John Ratcliff, Rasgueado, and Rachel Vibart.
This rare initiative presented in partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission as part of the “Local Projects, Local Jobs” funding program, will provide regional musos with much needed opportunities to hone their craft on stage and build new intra-regional connections, while also introducing local communities to the vast breadth of talent hidden in their own backyards!
The Tapping Stickz
Citing influences such as the iconic ‘The Yabu Band’ and Warampi Band, The Tapping Stickz are the bright new sound emanating from Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Featuring three experienced songwriters, this outfit are churning out newly recorded tracks, after a history of sharing stages with other artists over the past decade. The three songwriters, Jeffery Wicker, Mark Gleeson and Bert Hayden, each recorded a song as part of WAM’s Demos From The Northern Goldfields community recording compilation project in November 2017 and around the same time formed The Tapping Stickz with fellow Goldfield’s musicians Neil Champion and Amesh Scott. Shortly after, they were recording more demo material with legendary Australian artist Drew Goddard of the iconic Australian act Karnivool.
Hailing from the West Australian coastal town of Esperance, three-piece act Grand Casual have been steadily building momentum since late 2017. Consisting of Matt Cooper, Joe Franzone and Kyron Smithson, the band’s sound is driven by a wide range of influences including Sticky Fingers and The Black Keys – seamlessly incorporating elements of blues, jazz, and soul across their diverse set of tracks. After a flurry of performances across Esperance and further afield, the lads have received plenty of praise for their high energy live show; with their hard work earning them spots alongside some amazing acts including Old Blood, Myles Mitchell and the Hot Mama Band, New Zealand based blues duo Swamp Thing and West Australian rising talent Michael Dunstan. Having recently hit the studio, the three-piece now turn their sights to promoting their first single, Soldiers.
GET A TASTE OF THE TUNES TO COME:
To get into the spirit, WAM have curated a playlist available for streaming via Soundcloud that showcases the distinctive sounds of artists involved in the upcoming tour – including a sneak peek at three singles from the upcoming Demos From The Northern Goldfields release written by members of The Tapping Stickz. Listen to the complete playlist online HERE.
We can’t wait to see the local crowds get behind these much deserving Goldfields-Esperance acts!