Wheatbelt Touring Circuit – Tour 2
Ticket Prices: Free Entry
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In partnership with RAC and with support from Hertz, WAM’s 2015 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit went off with a bang last month, with award-winning acts Timothy Nelson & The Infidels and Helen Shanahan teaming up with incredible Wheatbelt-based artists for a huge debut tour. Next up is Perth-based but Wheatbelt-raised, alt-country superstars Ralway Bell and the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt-impressing Georgie Sadler, playing all three shows. Plus Wheatbelt locals Amber Munns, Pete Byfield and Alex Watt play single support shows close to home, taking in Bencubbin Sports Club, Dowerin Community Club and Quindanning Inne, Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March respectively.
Also, in huge breaking news, due to a change in tour schedules, the Quindanning Inne show will now see these artists sharing the stage as supports for the ARIA Award-winning Kasey Chambers’, also with Blue Shaddy now on the bill! Whilst the other shows remain free entry, this show on the Sunday has tickets running fast from Oztix.
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit is a rare program that sees free entry performances at multiple community recreation and leisure complexes, clubs and traditional pub venues 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.
A key driver of this tour is raising awareness of the Wheatbelt region’s road safety issues. WAM is proud to enter into this partnership with RAC as we recognise and support their commitment to increasing road safety awareness and reducing serious crashes in the region.
Of this partnership, the RAC’s Carina Lauder said, “RAC is pleased to be partnering with WAM once again to raise awareness of road safety in the Wheatbelt. The Wheatbelt region continues to be overrepresented in WA’s fatality rate, and in 2013 was four times the State average. RAC believes action is needed to stop local deaths on local roads.”
TOUR 2 ► 20 – 22 March
w/ Ralway Bell + Georgie Sadler (all dates) plus…
- Friday 20 March – Bencubbin Sports Club (w/ Amber Munns)
- Saturday 21 March – Dowerin Community Club (w/ Pete Byfield)
- Sunday 22 March – Quindanning Inne (w/ Alex Watt) + ARIA award-winner Kasey Chambers, plus Blue Shaddy! Tickets from Oztix.
Ralway Bell: As X-Press Magazine has described, “Ben Wilson and his vehicle Ralway Bell are building a reputation as big as the 10 gallon hat that graces his head.” Although they all call Perth home now, the members of alt-country act Ralway Bell were predominantly from small rural towns in the Wheatbelt. The boys spent a lot their formative years listening to country artists and country radio when living and working on their family’s beef, sheep and wheat farms. As the boys found out, these country influences were like any poison or pesticide used on the farm – once you’ve been exposed to it, it’ll likely stay in your system forever! Having impressed at the likes of Ruby Boots’ launch, Nannup Music Festival, West Coast Saloon Shaker series, the Big Splash Band Comp and more, they’ll be heading out off the back of a brand new EP that’s currently receiving big praise far and wide.
Georgie Sadler: Growing up in Kojonup, Georgie taught herself to sing and play guitar at a young age. She drove across the Nullabor to busk at the Tamworth Country Festival in 2003, securing an agent and performing solo acoustic gigs all over the eastern states. She later attended the prestigious Country Music College, seeing mentoring from Kasey Chambers, and has since been gathering momentum as a talent to look out for, based in Wongan Hills. She impressed at her last single Wheatbelt Touring Circuit show, and with her song on the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt compilation CD from last year, so will this time be included on all dates.
Pete Byfield: Pete’s interest in music began in his teens, progressing to playing in cover bands and singing in a barbershop quartet. Pete currently teaches music through his Number 90 Music Store in Northam. After many years of fostering and guiding local talent, recently he has a new found zest for songwriting and singing about life’s experiences and observations. Since the Sounds of The Wheatbelt recording, Pete has been writing more regularly and he’s charging towards an album at the age of 60, increasingly getting airplay on various ABC and community radio stations around the country. Seems he’s only getting better with age.
Alex Watt: A veteran fixture on the country music circuit and long time a resident of the Wheatbelt’s Koorda and now Williams, Alex grew up without television so music was the main feature of family life, meaning he learned piano and guitar from an early age. A finalist in the prestigious Star Maker national competition in 2005, Alex has gone on to impress at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, release songs that have made the Top 30 Country Music Chart, release several albums, and has previously toured nationally.