“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” - Nigel Bird, WAM’s Regional and Project Officer

Thanks to our partners Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance and Minara Community Foundation (Minara Resources), WAM’s Demos From The Northern Goldfields project celebrates the raw talent found through the Northern Goldfields.

Officially launched at the Leonora Golden Gift festival on WA Day long weekend 2-4 June 2018 starring local band, The Tapping Stickz, Demos From The Northern Goldfields showcases songs by 9 predominantly Indigenous songwriters and musicians from communities in the Northern Goldfields, including Laverton, Leonora, and the communities of Mulga Queen, Cosmo Newberry and Mount Margaret.

Recorded in November 2017 at the historic Hoover House in Gwalia, Demos From The Northern Goldfields was lead by producers and co-owners of Rada Studios, Matt Gio (Abbe May, Katy Steele) and Dan Carroll (Grace Barbe, Odette Mercy, Mathas) who took charge of recording the project; with Drew Goddard of Karnivool providing production assistance.

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.

Demos From the Northern Goldfields Track List 

  1. Izzie O’Brien 
  2. Jeffrey Wicker  Leonora Sweetheart
  3. Bert Hayden 
Untie These Ropes
  4. Green Gem I Don’t Know What Happened
  5. Mark Gleeson Red Dirt, Blue Skies
  6. Barry Shaun Redmond Saturday Night
  7. Mick Berry Keeping’ Afloat
  8. Ash Smith Mood in D
  9. Dadawarra Harris The Sleeping Giant


  • Click HERE to listen on Spotify
  • Click HERE to listen on SoundCloud


To get a FREE copy of the Demos From The Northern Goldfields you can:

  • Pick up from Leonora Community Resource Centre (Tower St, Leonora), Leonora Tourist & Visitor Centre (Tower St, Leonora), Central Hotel, Leonora (Tower St, Leonora) and Laverton Outback Art Gallery (Augusta St, Laverton)
  • From the WAM office (limited number of copies for non WAM members)
  • Listen to it on Spotify, Soundcloud and even download some of the tracks for free!


WAM extends our warm thanks to each of the project partners who have committed funding to support this important project:

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.