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Sounds Of The Great Southern CD announces launch event

28 Apr




Ten new, original songs have been recorded and will soon be released to showcase the inspiringly diverse breadth of musical talent brewing in the Great Southern region of WA. We’re excited to announce the WAM Sounds Of The Great Southern compilation CD is set to launch on Saturday 27 May at the iconic Albany Town Hall.

With the acts selected from a record-breaking 115 applicants, it was no surprise amazing results have come out of the pop-up recording studio in Albany (thanks to Soundtown), especially considering they were steered by award-winning producers Matt Gio (Rada Studio) and Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio), plus guest sessions from ARIA Award-winning producer Joel Quartermain and Debaser Studio engineer Andy Lawson.

To be released late May, the ten-track CD will cover everything from rock to folk, dub, electro pop, adult contemporary, reggae, rhythmic jazz pop and beyond. Each artist will have their chance to shine at a treasured venue, supported by the Vancouver Arts Centre team. This will allow people to witness the acts in an intimate and charming setting, including The Tidswell Twins with The North Albany Senior High School Band (Albany), Willow (Denmark), 40 Kays Out (Katanning), Ron Coyne (Albany), Rastatrix (Denmark), Blue Stuka (Takalarup), Carla Geneve (Albany), Mary Jayne & The Smoke Detectors (Denmark), Kris Nelson (Albany) and Isla Imogen (Albany).

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WHERE: Albany Town Hall
WHEN: Saturday 27 May
TIMES: 6pm doors open, first act on 6.30pm sharp.
Finishes 10pm
FEATURING: All artists on the CD performing live
TICKETING: $15+BF from Moshtix from May 1




WAM Regional Officer and Sounds Of The Great Southern Project Officer Nigel Bird commented, “The Great Southern region’s population possesses an astonishingly high active participation in music amongst its communities, and is reflected in this, WAM’s greatest Sounds Of project yet. This compilation album showcases less than 10% of acts that applied to be part of the project, and is a compelling example of why there should be greater investment in music for the Great Southern.”

Celebrate WA Manager of Partnerships and Programs Leanne Drewitt said, “We are a proud partner of WAM and the Sounds Of series, and are blown away by the caliber of artists featured on Sounds Of The Great Southern. The WA Day Festival is about celebrating outstanding talent from all around Western Australia and the this project provides a unique opportunity to do this.”

We’re pleased to reveal the tracklisting for the Sounds Of The Great Southern compilation CD:

1. Carla Geneve Sharknet
2. Kris Nelson Demons
3. Willow Breathe 
4. Blue Stuka Give Me A Break
5. Ron Coyne Little Bit Of Lovin’
6. Isla Imogen Shake Me
7. Rastatrix Clarity
8. 40 Kays Out Against Everything
9. The Tidswell Twins & The North Albany Senior High School Band Life Imitates Art
10. Mary Jayne & The Smoke Detectors In Between 

All Sounds Of The Great Southern artists will come out of the all-expenses-paid-for experience with a broadcast quality recording to use for their own purposes, with the tracks’ copyright belonging to the artists. Tracks will be released both on the hardcopy CD and also digitally, with widespread distribution seeing these artists promoted via radio stations, media and music industry across Australia, and beyond.

“I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite ever recording experiences,” said ARIA Award-winning guest producer Joel Quartermain. “The lucky folks chosen to participate couldn’t be more excited to be involved, and some have even been moved to tears of joy when listening back to their song fully realised. As a producer, it doesn’t get much better!”

Brookfield Rail Corporate Affairs Manager Melanie Henley added, “This is the third Sounds Of project we’ve been involved with, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with WAM again to deliver such a fantastic initiative. We have no doubt that the Sounds Of The Great Southern CD will be another roaring success. Congratulations to all of the artists selected to participate – we look forward to hearing your tracks at the launch.”

WAM proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our project partners.

With thanks to our major presenting partner Celebrate WA, promoter of WA Day Festival, plus Brookfield Rail, the City of Albany and Vancouver Arts Centre, Soundtown , Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA and the Great Southern Development Commission.

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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.