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New project Demos From The Northern Goldfields announced

30 Oct


Following community requests and inspired by the success of last year’s acclaimed Sounds Of The Goldfields, WAM is excited to shine the spotlight on more artists from the region with Demos From The Northern Goldfields. This compilation will feature predominantly Indigenous artists from across the Northern Goldfields, and will be recorded in the historic Hoover House, designed and resided in by the 31st President of the U.S.A., Herbert Hoover.

Demos From The Northern Goldfields is a community-focused project that has identified and invited songwriters and musicians from communities in the Northern Goldfields, including Laverton, Leonora, and the communities of Mulga Queen, Cosmo Newberry and Mount Margaret. Each artist will have their original song professionally recorded and released on a compilation CD, as well as distributed digitally.

The project is recording between the 13th and 26th November 2017 at the historic Hoover House in Gwalia, and is set to launch as part of Leonora’s Golden Gift 2018 on the WA Day long weekend 2-4 June 2018. The 10 artists selected include Bradley Stokes, Joey Munroe, Sheridan Jackman, Roslyn Sullivan, Burt Hayden, Shaun Redmond, Jeffery Wicker and Michael Berry and more.

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.

Leading sound producers and co-owners of Rada Studios, Matt Gio (Abbe May, Katy Steele) and Dan Carroll (Grace Barbe, Odette Mercy, Mathas) will be recording the project. We’re also excited to see Drew Goddard of Karnivool providing production assistance, who has previously worked with songwriters and musicians in Leonora as part of the 2017 Golden Gift celebrations.

The recording will take place at Hoover House, over 800km north-east of Perth, and once the grand home of the managers of the Sons of Gwalia Gold Mine. It was designed in 1897 by the mine’s manager, Herbert Hoover, who subsequently became the President of the USA! It stands on the summit of Staff Hill near the eerie gold rush ghost town of Gwalia, providing a completely unique recording environment.

The launch of this project is planned to feature as part of Leonora’s 2018 Golden Gift. Now in its sixteenth year, this famous event features the iconic Elite Mile, Australia’s richest mile running race along the main street of Leonora.

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.”

The CD will be released in hardcopy format, 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 the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and WAM’s networks.

 WAM acknowledges the generous support provided by our project partners:

Thanks to our presenting partners Goldfields Esperance Development Commission as part of the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program, which awards grants to community organisations to assist with upgrades to facilities and the expansion of programs. Support also comes from Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance and Minara Community Foundation (Minara Resources).

In kind support also comes from sponsors The Shire of Leonora, Skippers Aviation, Laverton Leonora Cross Cultural Association (LLCCA), Anglo Gold Ashanti and Halfway Studios.

WAM’s regional program receives core support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.


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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.