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WHEATBELT TOURING CIRCUIT: Tour 5 – Joel Barker, Tracey Barnett & more

20 Oct



Following a huge tour last weekend – which saw Music Feedback being launched, and 25 acts playing packed shows including the Big Bash Music Festival – the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit continues with Tour 5 set to show just why the touring circuit has been nominated as a Finalist for a Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Award (Regional Safety Award, which you can also vote for as it’s also been included in the CBH Group’s People Choice Award nominations!).

Headlined by festival fave Joel Barker, who will be launching a new single, all dates will also see him joined by recent Song Of The Year nominee Tracey Barnett. Across the venues, Wheatbelt acts supporting the headliners will include Buzzer the Bush Balladeer, Duane Ratima and a special guest from the Narrogin Musicians Association (TBA).

Continuing its 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 Tour 5 will roll into Jurien Bay on Friday 18 November at Dobbyn Park; Saturday 19 in Merredin at The Tivoli Room in Cummins Theatre; and finishing Sunday 20 at the Quindanning Inne. All shows are free entry.

As previously 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.

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 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Program here.




– Above headliners all dates, plus w/ supports as listed below –

Friday 18 November – Dobbyn Park, Jurien Bay (w/ Buzzer the Bush Balladeer & guests)

Saturday 19 November The Tivoli Room, Cummins Theatre, Merredin (w/ Duane Ratima)

Sunday 20 November Quindanning Inne, Quindanning (presented by Narrogin Musicians Association guest – TBA)




JOEL BARKER: A songwriter known for his delicate balance of indie rock, alt-Americana and contemporary folk, Joel Barker’s music explores the ideas of love, connection to home and landscapes, and seeking honesty and truth. Barker joins the touring circuit after a successful tour on the East Coast, including sold-out shows in Sydney and Canberra, and also with a new E.P. being prepared for release in February 2017. In 2016, Barker played the Port City Folk Festival, State of the Art Festival and Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series, and a=has held month long residency at The Odd Fellow in Fremantle. Barker is joined on stage by his band The Low Company, comprising of Caleb Quartermaine, Samuel Gibson and Alex Cooke.

Barnett takes to the stage armed with a stomp box, acoustic guitars, a harmonica, unstoppable energy and, of course, that voice. Barnett’s brand of blues and roots has been described as ‘best experienced live’. 2016 saw Barnett win the Open Women’s division at the Lancelin Buskers Festival, as well as the release of her latest single Listen To The Earth, which was nominated for the 2015/16 WAM Blues/Roots Song of the Year.

BUZZER THE BUSH BALLADEER: Brian Bitter, known as Buzzer the Bush Balladeer, is one of WA’s longest performing original musicians. At 85 years of age, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down, either. Buzzer performs about a hundred shows a year, in and around his home of Jurien Bay. With a cheeky spirit and many a story, Buzzer cites Tex Morgan and Slim Dusty as his idols, and plays countless originals during each performance, along with a few ‘yarns’ thrown in for free. Buzzer’s song Forget The Bitumine featured on WAM’s Sounds of the Wheatbelt CD and he is no stranger to the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, having played Tour 10 in 2015.

DUANE RATIMA: Hailing from Muntadgin and a long time pop punk fan, Duane now constructs an upbeat brand of acoustica, sometimes tinged with darkness. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Duane’s competent in guitar, bass and drums; one of ‘those musicians’ that you’d want in your band. He recently performed his original compositions at the Wheatbelt Songwriters Showcase, part of Dowerin Fields Days, as well as beating the skins for Merredin based act ‘The Primary Collective’ at The Dowerin Field Days Sundowner and other WAM Wheatbelt Touring Circuit events.

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 and 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.


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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.