Wheatbelt Touring Circuit – Tour 2, August 2016
TOUR 2 READY TO GO FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL START TO THE 2016 CIRCUIT, INCLUDING WAMBASSADORS ANNOUNCEMENT
In partnership with RAC, and with support from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Royalties For Regions and Country Arts WA, WAM’s 2016 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit kicked off in style last weekend. Venues were packed despite the wet weather (some even filled to capacity!), setting things up for a massive second tour in the series, including expanding to four huge shows.
Headlined by WA Country Music Awards winner and multi-WAMi nominee Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, they’ll be performing on all dates with WAM SOTY-nominated, respected country/rock/roots artist Belle Harvey. Across the venues, Wheatbelt acts supporting the headliners will include The Primary Collective featuring WAMbassador Jayden Crook, The Wildlings, Gauge Harder, Hayden McGlinn, WAMbassador Pete Byfield, WAMbassador Hayden Sprigg and a guest artist from the Narrogin Musicians Association (TBA). Tour 2 will roll into Dowerin on Wednesday 24 August as part of the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days Sundowner at the Dowerin Community Club; on Friday 26 at Bruce Rock District Club; Saturday 27 at the Corrigin Hotel; and finishing Sunday 28 August at the Quindanning Inne.
As recently announced, this year sees the introduction of the WAMbassadors initiative, which involves select musicians from across the Wheatbelt region engaging with communities during the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit series. The WAMbassadors’ role is to assist the Wheatbelt music networks and audiences to establish financially viable regional tour circuits, all the while creating long-lasting community impacts, including promoting the #elephantinthewheatbelt road safety campaign from RAC.
RAC General Manager of Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said, “WAMbassadors will engage with the community to raise awareness about the region’s unacceptable road safety record and to help save lives and stop serious injuries on Wheatbelt roads.”
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit is a rare program that sees free entry performances in traditional pub venues, community rec centres and clubs throughout the Wheatbelt region, with leading acts from WA’s metro areas combining with a vast array of talented upcoming and established acts from the Wheatbelt. Find out more info by checking out the just-released Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Program…
w/ DAVEY CRADDOCK & THE SPECTACLES
+ BELLE HARVEY
- Above headliners all dates, plus w/ supports as listed below -
Wednesday 24 August – Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days Sundowner, Dowerin Community Club, Dowerin (w/ The Primary Collective featuring WAMbassador Jayden Crook, The Wildlings, WAMbassador Pete Byfield, WAMbassador Hayden Sprigg)
Friday 26 August – Bruce Rock District Club, Bruce Rock (w/ Gauge Harder)
Saturday 27 August – Corrigin Hotel, Corrigin (w/ Hayden McGlinn)
Sunday 28 August – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning (w/ Narrogin Musicians Association guest Tim Dawes)
SELECT ARTIST BIOS (IN BRIEF)
DAVEY CRADDOCK & THE SPECTACLES: This year has seen their album City West released, with the singles Better Alone and Girls Light Fires added to rotation on Double J and ABC Radio. In the last year they’ve also been on three national tours, been nominated for WAMi and WAM Song of the Year awards and received critical acclaim from the alt-country, Americana, indie and folk loving media (and fans!). ‘The Spectacles’ captivating live shows have seen them supporting the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Don Walker, Diana Krall, Marlon Williams, The Waifs and The Basics, as well as appearances at West Coast Blues n Roots, Fairbridge, Nannup, Mt Beauty and Wave Rock festivals.
BELLE HARVEY: Roots, country and rock’n’roll musician Belle Harvey originally hails from Albany. Now located in Perth, Belle has opened for acts including The Waifs, John Butler Trio and Claire Bowditch. Belle Harvey’s music is often linked to Lucinda Williams and Keith Urban. In 2006 Belle was nominated for WAM Song Of The Year with her track All These Lovers, as well as winning the Denmark Music Foundation Bursary competition. Belle’s energy and passion connects instantly to the soul, engaging folks with her infectious vibe.
HAYDEN SPRIGG: Country musician Hayden Sprigg is a singer and songwriter hailing from Mukinbudin in the Central East Wheatbelt region. Hayden’s folk and country music is influenced by the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Steve Earle and Brad Paisley. He was featured on the 2014 WAM Sounds Of The Wheatbelt album and was part of the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit in 2015. Hayden enjoyed sharing his music and promoting road safety messages as part of the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, which is why he decided to become a WAMbassador.
PETE BYFIELD: Alternative country musician Pete Byfield has lived in the Wheatbelt for most of his life, with much of his music being inspired by the region. Pete’s song Wialki featured on the 2014 WAM Sounds Of The Wheatbelt album, and in 2015 Pete released his first album, One, which took home the 2016 WA Country Music Awards ‘Album of the Year’. His song Ashes received a nomination for WAM Song Of The Year in 2016. Choosing to become a WAMbassador was a logical flow on from Pete’s involvement with RAC and the ‘It’s My Elephant’ campaign. He has lost a number of very close friends in road crashes over the years. Alcohol, speed and inexperience were factors.
NARROGIN MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION: 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. This tour will feature another special guest from the group at the Quindanning Inne show.
Wheatbelt Touring Circuit presented by:
RAC, Department of Culture and the Arts, Royalties for Regions & Country Arts WA
The regional tour has been funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program. The Regional Tours Fund is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts in consultation with the Department of Regional Development.