Continuing our successful Sounds Of series, Sounds Of The Wheatbelt involved WAM taking ten Wheatbelt acts to a temporary professional studio, set up in a farmhouse between Dowerin and Wongan Hills. It was here that we recorded 10 amazing tracks that capture the life and land of the Wheatbelt.

WAM’s Sounds of program provides musicians in remote and regional areas with the opportunity to professionally record their music, and in the process of recording, mentors both the musicians and locally-based engineers through song production and arrangement. It is this lasting legacy of the projects that we hope will continue to see the musicians in the regions continue to record and release their music.

Sounds of the Wheatbelt features the following artists:

  • Hayden Sprigg (Mukinbudin)
  • The Pipeline Band (Northam)
  • Georgie Sadler (Wongan Hills)
  • Tom O’Brien and Russell Gooley (Narrogin)
  • John Read (Kondinin)
  • Pete Byfield (Northam)
  • Billy Narrier (Mogumber)
  • Ryan Flannigan (Merredin)
  • Gloria Franke (Jurien Bay)
  • Brian ‘Buzzer’ Bitter, an 80-something bush balladeer (Jurien Bay)

We are trialing a new model for our Sounds Of project and are selling the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt CD in the hope of developing a partly sustainable arts project and getting the team back to record some great new acts from the Wheatbelt region. If you’d like to buy a copy, please go Heartlands WA’s website  www.heartlandswa.com.au, or have a listen at: http://wam.org.au/what-we-do/listen/

WAM could not have done this without the support of our project partners:

 

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