There’s no denying the strong contribution the Peel region has made to Western Australia’s contemporary music scene. Fairbridge Festival celebrates its 28th year in 2020, Pinjarra’s John Butler’s multi-award winning career, and the Mandurah Estuary adorning the cover of The Triffid’s lauded album ‘Born Sandy Devotional’ provide a snapshot of the region’s special place in the landscape of West Australian music.

Following projects in The Wheatbelt and Kimberley, West Australian Music (WAM) is excited to be working on the next Demos from regional recording project and compilation showcasing artists from the Peel region during 2020.

Applications for artists to be involved in the project were closed on 31 January 2020, with the high quality of applications received for the project is testament to the talent throughout the region. The successful acts were chosen to provide a snap-shot of the varying ages, musical genres and geographical locations of artists within the region, enabling the compilation to capture the multiplicity of stories, experiences and musical contributions the region has to offer.

The artists selected for the project include:

Applejack & Moonshine Mandurah
Kindred Spirits Dwellingup
Groves (Jason Pirrett) Boddington
Technicolour Dream Machine (Coodanup)
Liam Dawes (Waroona)
My Shadow and I (Mandurah)
The Skeleton Collective (Byford)
Imogen Morgan (Boddington)
Anika Louise (Falcon)
Violet Orange (Greenfields)

Find out more about the selection acts here.

The Artists will be heading to the historic Fairbridge Village (Shire of Murray) in March to record their original songs. Most recognisable as the home of the much-loved Fairbridge Festival now entering it’s 28th year, the heritage listed site was established in 1912 by Kingsley and Ruby Fairbridge as the world’s first – and only remaining – Fairbridge Farm School for emigrated youth. Over 3,500 children were housed at the school between 1913 and its closure in 1982, with the original buildings and site playing a significant role in West Australia’s post-colonisation architectural, cultural and migrant history.

The ten acts will be working alongside renowned sound engineers and producers, including Matt Gio and Dan Carroll of Rada Studios, Debaser Studio’s Andy Lawson, with Ryan Brennan and national hip-hop legend Dazastah dropping by as guest producers.

WAM delivers Demos from Peel with the support of the State Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and with strong local support from our community partners Pinjarra Junction Shopping Centre and Fairbridge Village.