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Chelsea Basham at Dowerin Field Days

8 Jul

Golden Guitar winner Chelsea Basham is set to perform at this year’s Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days 2014 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, as well as mentor WAM’s Sounds of the Wheatbelt artists.

Chelsea is one of the Wheatbelt’s most renowned young musicians, hitting the big time with her debut album I Make My Own Sunshine, which has three hit singles and two #1 videos on the Country Music Channel (CMC). Along with those achievements Chelsea was awarded the Golden Guitar for “Best New Talent of the Year” at the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia and was also a finalist in the 2013 CMC Music Awards and APRA Professional Development Award. She’s from Wongan Hills.

To assist in the further development of the local songwriters, Chelsea will also be acting as a performance mentor for those artists involved in the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase. WAM Regional Officer Nigel Bird said Chelsea is an ideal candidate because she was not only a professional and successful musician, but also from the local area. “Chelsea understands what is required to take music from the Wheatbelt to a wider audience base, with the limited opportunities currently offered in this region.”

Event Coordinator Jenna Friend is “thrilled to have Chelsea performing as part of our very special 50th Anniversary entertainment program, as we believe she’ll be a real draw card for visitors” and will be playing on the GWN7 Stage from 11.30am on August 27 and 28, as part of the official ceremonies and playing in the evening with her band from 7pm on the Wednesday night, at the community club. Chelsea will also assist in further development for local songwriters involved in the Wheatbelt Songwriters showcase.

More info here.


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

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.