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Wheatbelt Touring Circuit #1 ft. award winning acts

27 Jan

In partnership with RAC and with support from Hertz, WAM recently announced its 2015 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, an extension of its successful pilot program. This WAM regional touring initiative takes West Australian acts on a paid journey through the Wheatbelt, with the first tour happening Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February, and then running monthly through til November.

Plus all shows are free entry.

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The Regional Tour Circuit combines free performances at multiple community recreation and leisure complexes, clubs and traditional pub venues throughout the region, seeing leading acts from WA’s metro areas combining with a vast array of talented upcoming and established acts from the Wheatbelt. Also upcoming in March and April will be the likes of Boom! Bap! Pow!, Ralway Bell, Pete Byfield and more.

A key driver of this tour is raising awareness of the Wheatbelt region’s road safety issues. WAM is proud to enter into this partnership with RAC as we recognise and support their commitment to increasing road safety awareness and reducing serious crashes in the region. Of this partnership, the RAC’s Carina Lauder said, “RAC is pleased to be partnering with WAM once again to raise awareness of road safety in the Wheatbelt. The Wheatbelt region continues to be overrepresented in WA’s fatality rate, and in 2013 was four times the State average. RAC believes action is needed to stop local deaths on local roads.” WAM’s CEO Mike Harris added, “It is important for WAM to enter into partnerships with organisations such as the RAC to create opportunities for both the WA music industry and the people of the Wheatbelt to participate in live, original music events. Tours like this provide the perfect platform for raising awareness with those most at risk within Wheatbelt communities.”


TOUR 1/FEBRUARY

TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS + HELEN SHANAHAN

Fri 20 – Wongan Hills Hotel (with Georgie Sadler)
Sat 21 – Grass Valley Tavern (with Girl York)
Sun 22 – Quindanning Inne (with Tom O’Brien & Russell Gooley)


ABOUT THE ARTISTS ON TOUR 1

Timothy Nelson & The Infidels: The biggest winners at the 2014 WA Music Awards, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels released their long-awaited second album Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It last year. Winning the WAM Song Of The Year Grand Prize in 2011, the band has been gathering extensive airplay, and launched their new album at a sold-out Rosemount Hotel. Evolving their folk-laden tunes of their earlier years to an all-new sound, the live format involves a star-studded cast of award-winning players, seeing many a successful tour over east in the past year.

Helen Shanahan: Her thoughtful observations are beautifully captured in her music, channeling contemporary folk/pop with a strong acoustic feel. Helen recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was nominated in the 2010 WA Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ competition. Her recent win at the Telstra Road To Discovery has elevated her career to the next level, seeing her also taking the US by storm.

Georgie Sadler: Growing up in Kojonup, Georgie taught herself to sing and play guitar at a young age. She drove across the Nullabor to busk at the Tamworth Country Festival in 2003, securing an agent and performing solo acoustic gigs all over the eastern states. She later attended the prestigious Country Music College, seeing mentoring from Kasey Chambers, and has since been gathering momentum as a talent to look out for, based in Wongan Hills. Check out her tune on the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt album.

Girl York: Bred in regional WA on farming culture and ‘60s cover bands, Girl York crafted their trade in rustic country pubs and sporting clubs. A working class country kid smashing tradie stereotypes, Frontman Shaun Martin ferociously attacks his keys in the best piano pop tradition, while his accomplished songwriting pulls everything together. They were recently shortlisted in the Live and Local 89.7fm Top 20 WA songs for 2014. Prepare to be suitably impressed.

Tom O’Brien & Russell Gooley: Guided towards each other through local musicians in recent years, these two certified Narrogin funny guys have previously had their own individual achievements and success with their music. Russell placed 1st Runner up in the inaugural X-Factor series in 2005 and Tom was awarded 1st place in the Telstra Road to Discovery of the Darwin Heat in the Northern Territory. With their powers combined, they’re a force to be listened to! Check out their song Lost on the Sounds Of The Wheatbelt album.

To organize interviews with any of the acts or WAM’s Regional Officer Nigel Bird, please contact:

Aarom Wilson - WAM Marketing & Communications Officer
e: [email protected] p: 08 9227 7962

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.