Wheatbelt Touring Circuit new series and partners
After record-breaking audience numbers were achieved across a range of venues in the first half of 2015, WAM is proud to announce the extension of 2015’s Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, with some of WA’s finest metro and Wheatbelt acts combining for FREE ENTRY monthly tours going through til November, hitting towns including Jurien Bay, Merredin, Bencubbin, Grass Valley, Nungarin, Kellerberrin and Quindanning.
TOUR SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
TOUR 6 – The Wilds + Hayden Sprigg: Fri 17–Sun 19 July (Full details below)
7 – Dave Johnson Trio + Karin Page (China Doll): Fri 21–Sun 23 Aug
8 – China Blue Experiment + Matt Cal: Fri 18–Sun 20 Sep
9 – Dave Mann Collective + Codee-Lee: Fri 23–Sun 25 Oct
10 - Russell & Tom Band + Hayden McGlinn: Fri 20–Sun 22 Nov
*Supports and venues to be announced with each individual tour announcement
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit assists acts in gaining vital new connections with the Wheatbelt music networks and audiences, and is geared towards establishing financially viable regional tour circuits and creating long-lasting community impacts, including promoting the #elephantinthewheatbelt road safety campaign for the RAC to bring awareness to the high road fatality rates experienced in the Wheatbelt.
Of this relationship RAC’s Carina Lauder said, “In 2014 the Wheatbelt road fatality rate was 11 times the Perth metropolitan rate, six times the state rate, and twice nearby regions. We all have a role to play in addressing the Wheatbelt’s poor road safety record and real change starts with the individual, and must be supported by the community as a whole. Too many loved ones are dying or being seriously injured on our roads. We need to talk about the Wheatbelt.”
Having supported the project from the beginning, we’re excited to announce this vital partnership with the RAC is continuing, as is support from Hertz and assistance from Heartlands. We’re also thrilled to announce new partners the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Country Arts WA.
The Wheatbelt Development Commission’s CEO Wendy Newman said, “We’re proud to be involved in bringing quality, original live music to this region while selling the very important message of road safety. The Wheatbelt Community Chest Fund through the State’s Government Royalties for Regions program has enabled the Wheatbelt Development Commission to contribute to this important program. The Wheatbelt Development Commission was also a partner in the successful Sounds Of The Wheatbelt recording project. The combination of live music and quality recording is establishing original music into the Wheatbelt psyche.”
Country Arts WA’s CEO Jessica Machin said, “Country Arts WA is excited to support WAM through the Louder program, as they develop the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit supporting local contemporary musicians and their audiences in regional WA. Music is an important vehicle for bringing people together and creating a vibrant community.”
Originally an extension of the 2012 pilot program, the touring circuit combines performances at multiple community recreation and leisure complexes, clubs and traditional pub venues throughout the region. The first half of the WTC has seen many great highlights, including artists sharing the stage with country legend Kasey Chambers and huge attendance support and it will continue to grow, seeing leading acts from WA’s metro areas combining with a vast array of talented upcomers and established acts from the Wheatbelt area, with support artists to be announced as each tour is.
w/ THE WILDS + HAYDEN SPRIGG (all dates) plus…
- Fri 17 – Kellerberrin & Districts Club (with Jack Kyros) 8pm-midnight
- Sat 18 – The Woolshed Hotel, Nungarin (with Boz & Molly) 8pm-midnight
- SUN 19 – Quindanning Inne (with Narrogin Musicians Association Guest) Midday-3pm
SELECTED BIOS IN BRIEF:
THE WILDS: Consisting of WA Music Award winning talent and a superstar formation from the likes of The Floors, Abbe May, Split Seconds, The Kill Devil Hills, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, The Wishers, Davey Craddock & The Spectacles and more, The Wilds are a band of carousing brothers that indulge in late night jamming. It features Chris Davis on Vocals/Tunes/Guitar, Dan Carroll on guitar/steel/vocals, John Boy Wilson on bass guitar, Todd Pickett on drums/vocals, Tom Garvey on keys and Luke Dux on guitar/pedal steel. Their record collection consists of Neil Young, JJ Cale, The Band, CCR, Bob Dylan, Spectrum, Crazy Horse, T. Hardy Morris, Janis Joplin, The Doors and Ryan Adams.
HAYDEN SPRIGG: A 4th generation Mukinbudin farmer, it has never been Hayden’s ambition to be a rock star, rather his goal is to just thoroughly enjoy connecting with people through his music. When he is not playing, he is working the land or playing footy in his home of ‘Muka’, 300km east of Perth in the Eastern Wheatbelt. Hayden has performed at previous Dowerin Field Days and the 2013 Dowerin Rodeo, as well as Mukinbudin Spring Festival and the Merredin Cup. Selected for inclusion on the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt CD, The ‘Eastern Line (Grandad’s song)’ tells a tale of early settlement in the eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, where Hayden lives and does most of his performing. Hayden’s grandfather was a pioneer of the area and the song tells the story of his life and legacy.
NARROGIN MUSICIANS SOCIETY: With a rich heritage, NMA are an organisation interested in the promotion of music in the Narrogin area, including acting as the Big Bash Committee and organising events such as jam sessions, trivia nights and transport to concerts. We’re lucky to feature a special guest from the group at the Quindanning Inne show.