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WAM Announces Ten Mid West Artists selected for Regional Recording Project

2 Sep

West Australian Music (WAM) is excited to announce a fresh selection of Mid West region-based talent, revealing the ten artists/acts heading to the Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton this September/October to take part in WAM’s Sounds of The Mid West regional recording project, and feature on the upcoming compilation.

Sounds of The Mid West is the fourth of nine new regional recording projects supported through the State Government of Western Australia’s Contemporary Music Fund, and fourteenth of WAM’s ‘Demos from / Sounds of’ series. The projects aim to showcase the musical talent, stories, and provide skills development opportunities to artists, sound engineers and students of music in the region.

The region-wide call for interest received 57 applications, demonstrating the impressive depth of the local music community and demand for recording opportunities. After careful consideration of the advertised section criteria, WAM is proud to announce the selected artists/acts Jade Jackson (Dongara), Carrum Mourambine (Nanda), Vince Jones (Mt Magnet (Martu)), Theona Councillor (Naaguja), Warriyangga Warralgurniya (Warriyangaa-Thiinma), Gus McKay (Cue), and Geraldton based artists Ian Weggler, Nicky Robson, Alexia Paranzee and Good Strife.

Thanks to a crucial community and cultural partnership with the City of Greater Geraldton, the selected artists will record in WAM’s pop up studio housed in the iconic entertainment and cultural venue, Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre. The City of Greater Geraldton state “Whilst the Queens Park Theatre (QPT) auditorium currently remains closed for shows until the end of December 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts, the City of Greater Geraldton looks forward to welcoming WAM to the facility for this initiative, and thank them for their ongoing dedication to the arts, especially during these uncertain times”.

Working with the artists will be some of WA’s best award-winning producers, including; Matt Gio and Dan Carroll (Rada Studios), Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio), Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio), James Newhouse (Real2Reel Studios) and Ryan Brennan.

The final compilation will be released in 2021 on digital streaming platforms, limited-edition CD package, and distributed by WAM to local and national radio, industry and the public. The compilation cover will feature the artwork of a local Mid West artist to capture the spirit of the region.

Since launching in 2006, the series has brought great exposure to 120 artists based regionally across the expansive state of WA. WAM’s latest regional compilation, Sounds of The Kimberley, has garnered significant digital streaming and radio airplay across ABC networks, and community radio nationally. 

WAM delivers Sounds of The Mid West with the ongoing support of the WA State Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and WAM organisational partners, and partnership with the City of Greater Geraldton.

GET TO KNOW THE SOUNDS OF THE MID WEST ARTISTS

Alexia Parenzaa is a singer-songwriter based in Geraldton. Soulful vocals and lush instrumentation lay the foundation for Alexia Parenzee’s unique earthy sound. Her music, inspired by folk singer-songwriters of the 70s, brings a sense of modern nostalgia.

Hailing from Geraldton, Kim and Caroline discovered their love of music at an early age, but soon discovered their passion for performance. As the singer/songwriter duo, Good Strife, the sisters are now working on their first album, whilst performing throughout the Midwest and regularly supporting community events in the region.

Warriyangga Warralgurniyais is a collaborative songwriting project featuring Warriyangga-Thiinma elder Peter Salmon, linguists and musicians Rosie Sitorus and Jacqui Cook and guitarist Darcy Hay. The project grew out of Peter’s work to preserve and pass on his languages and was brought to life by the innovative efforts of the Irra Wangga Language Centre to create engaging and creative projects for the Midwest’s Aboriginal languages.

German-born musician Ian Weggler moved to the windy Midwest city of Geraldton at the age of 8. A keen multi-instrumentalist from his early teens onward, he started performing live by the time he was 17. Soon after, Ian picked up singing and started to play up and down the Coral Coast multiple nights a week, now shifting his focus onto playing his own music. 

Jade Jackson is a 17 year old self-taught guitarist/singer/songwriter who enjoys gigging at local venues throughout Geraldton and Dongara. As an artist she aspires to write music that allows people to relate to and connect with through through her soul/indie/acoustic style.

Vince Jones is a 70 year-old Martu man, guitarist and singer-songwriter. Vince has been playing music for 40 years including festival appearances, performances in the community and headline slots at the Mullewa Rodeo and Muster. Vince was the front person of the Dirtwater band, before forming a four piece Maru band and most recently, playing solo.

After 20 plus years of playing guitar and writing songs at home, Nicky Robson is finally coming out of the closet, musically speaking, to see where this journey takes her. With a folky, country vibe she draws inspiration from her love of the country and adventure, with an empathetic view to life stories and shared experiences.  

Gus McKay has been writing, performing and recording music since the 80’s, exploring country, punk and blues sounds. First performing with his band Emukickers, Gus commenced his solo work in the 1990s, and has since released and produced multiple records. Most recently, Gus has been working with UK producers on an upcoming release.

Theona Councillor is a Naaguja-Wilunyu woman, who grew up in Hedland but belongs to the Naaguja & Wilunyu people of the Midwest coastal region and through her Noongar mother, the Wardandi-Bibbulmun people from the Southwest region where the Vasse River runs to the sea. Theona has released multiple albums since her debut in 1998, garnering a Deadly nomination for her work.

Carrum Mourambine was exposed to music at a young age through his father, and has gone on to be a singer songwriter and guitarist. Carrum is influenced by country music, but is driven to by creating a sound that is different, exploring multiple styles in his songwriting.

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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.