Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Final Tour
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After a season of filling venues with original WA music, the extended Wheatbelt Touring Circuit comes to a close with one epic travelling party!
In partnership with RAC, the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Country Arts WA, and with support from Hertz, WAM’s 2015 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit keeps going from strength to strength, with all tours reaching hundreds of Wheatbelt locals and travellers, and the series being extended til the end of the year.
Next up is Russell and Tom both who have had national recognition, from X Factor to Telstra Road To Discovery and Hayden McGlinn with a WAM Song Of The Year nominated song Utes & Dogs, Wheatbelt locals Bush Balladeer Buzzer, Franke G, Kelly Gardner, Rob Arthur + Boz And Molly and a Narrogin Musicians Association special guest, joining them at Quindanning Inne, Dobbyn Park and Merredin Recreation and Leisure Centre on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 respectively.
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit is a rare program that sees free entry performances traditional pub venues, community rec centres and clubs throughout the Wheatbelt region, seeing leading acts from WA’s metro areas combining with a vast array of talented upcoming and established acts from the Wheatbelt.
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit assists acts in gaining vital new connections with the Wheatbelt music networks and audiences, and is geared towards establishing financially viable regional tour circuits and creating long-lasting community impacts, including promoting the #elephantinthewheatbelt road safety campaign for the RAC to bring awareness to the high road fatality rates experienced in the Wheatbelt. Of this issue, RAC’s Carina Lauder emphasises, “In 2014 the Wheatbelt road fatality rate was 11 times the Perth metropolitan rate, six times the state rate, and twice nearby regions.”
RAC Senior Manager Media and Government Relations Liz Carey said, “We’ve been working with WAM throughout the year and we really value their partnership. They have hosted our Elephant in the Wheatbelt and given us a voice at local Wheatbelt gigs to promote road safety which will hopefully save lives.”
Country Arts WA’s CEO Jessica Machin commented, “Country Arts WA is proud to have supported WAM through the Louder program, helping develop the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit in 2015 to support local contemporary musicians and their audiences in regional WA. Music is an important vehicle for bringing people together and creating a vibrant community, and we’re proud to have been involved in a program that’s received such amazing responses from audiences and acts alike.”
Wheatbelt Development Commission Wendy Newman reflected, “We once again applaud WAM for their ongoing efforts to build the presence and appreciation of Western Australian original music in this region. The Wheatbelt original musicians that have been involved in these tours have grown in confidence, with a number now having recorded original CD’s. With the excellent support from the RAC, this multi-faceted touring circuit has become a major component of the drastically important road safety message for the Wheatbelt.”
WAM’s CEO Mike Harris concluded, “WAM’s Wheatbelt touring program has been a remarkable success throughout 2015. We have seen venues that would not otherwise host original live music report record attendances. We have seen bands that would not otherwise leave Northbridge take in the country air and find new audiences. I hope we can continue this success into 2016 and beyond…”
TOUR 10 – NOVEMBER
w/ RUSSELL AND TOM + HAYDEN MCGLINN (all dates)
THU 19 – QUINDANNING INNE (with NARROGIN MUSIC ASSOCIATION GUESTS) – 7pm start
FRI 20 – DOBBYN PARK (with BUSH BALLADEER BUZZER, FRANKIE G, KELLY GARDNER & ROB ARTHUR) – 6pm start
SAT 21– MERREDIN RECREATION AND LEISURE CENTRE (with BOZ AND MOLLY) – 8pm start
SELECTED BIOS IN BRIEF:
RUSSEL AND TOM: Guided towards each other through local musicians in recent years, these two certified Narrogin funny guys have previously had their own individual achievements and success with their music. Russell placed 1st Runner up in the inaugural X-Factor series in 2005 and Tom was awarded 1st place in the Telstra Road to Discovery of the Darwin Heat in the Northern Territory. With their powers combined, they’re a force to be listened to!
HAYDEN MCGLINN: You might know Hayden for his WAM Song Of The Year nominated song Utes & Dogs or fronting The Mystery Bets 2000-2007, but now his solo career takes in country, folk, blues and rock’n’roll, played live with a mix of acoustic guitar, percussion and effects. Born and bred in the Wheatbelt, last year’s single Hold On reached a worldwide audience, and he has an EP due in late April.
BUSH BALLADEER BUZZER:
Bush Balladeer Buzzer was originally born in South Australia and moved to Alice Springs at a young age where he lived for 20 years. He began to perform with his guitar at the age of 17 and recorded his first song in 1952 on 78” shellac (or wax), released a cassette in the early ‘90s and has had 6 CD’s since. His song ‘Forget the Bitumine’ was featured on the 2014 Sounds Of The Wheatbelt CD and he performed at the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase at the Dowerin Field Days.
Franke G’s music has a real experimental element to it, as she incorporates different rhythms and sounds. In 2010 she was involved in establishing an arts group called ICAN (Inspirational Community Arts Network) and more recently has played The 2014 DAZE Performance Festival and Boyup Brook Country Music Festival. Franke G features on the 2014 Sounds of The Wheatbelt CD and performed at the Dowerin Field Days as part of the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase.
BOZ AND MOLLY:
Merredin legends Boz and Molly take a break from harvesting duties to open the final WAM Wheatbelt touring circuit show in Merredin. This acoustic duo are well known in the central and eastern Wheatbelt playing shows at the Ettamogah Pub in Cunnderdin, The Wool Shed in Nungarin as well as performing at the 2015 Pipeline Challenge. Boz also performed at the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase at the Dowerin Field Days.
After completing Law and Commerce degrees at the University of Western Australia and performing in various musical genres around Perth, Kelly went on to study jazz vocals at WAAPA and also completed aural and songwriting studies at the Victorian College of the Arts and NMIT. After twenty years of performing in both Perth and Melbourne, Kelly is now focused on writing her debut album in an isolated coastal town north of Perth in preparation for release.
NARROGIN MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION: With a rich heritage, NMA are an organisation interested in the promotion of music in the Narrogin area, including acting as the Big Bash Committee and organising events such as jam sessions, trivia nights and transport to concerts. We’re lucky to feature a special guest from the group at the Quindanning Inne show.