WHEATBELT TOURING CIRCUIT: Tour 7 – The Eastern Line, MHINDEL and more
The next edition of WAM’s Wheatbelt Touring Circuit will feature an all-star Wheatbelt artists line-up. We’re excited to showcase some of the finest local musicians from the Wheatbelt, as well as include a number of Wheatbelt WAMbassadors. The WAMbassadors initiative recently saw a video featuring the WAMbassadors receiving over 20,000 views for a video with them promoting road safety, a collaborative production with partners RAC. This tour will celebrate the continuing success of this program, as well as the immense and diverse talent pool found in the region.
Continuing our partnership with RAC, and with support from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Royalties For Regions and Country Arts WA, WAM’s Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Tour 7 will roll into Wagin on Friday 10 March, Wyalkachem Saturday 11 and finishing in Narrogin for a family-friendly frolic in the park on Sunday 12 March.
The tour will see all dates headlined by The Eastern Line (featuring Wheatbelt WAMbassador Hayden Sprigg, previously included on WAM’s Sounds Of The Wheatbelt compilation) plus soulful, rootsy folk duo MHINDEL (featuring WAMbassador Erin Pope). Across the venues, Wheatbelt acts will also support the local headliners, including WAMbassador Polly Medlen, Dale Fazioli, Bryce Hudson and Kyle Haydock.
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 a vast array of talented upcoming and established acts from the Wheatbelt.
The Wheatbelt WAMbassadors initiative also 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 Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said the WAMbassadors are engaging with the community to raise awareness about the devastating impact of road trauma in the Wheatbelt and to help save lives and prevent serious injuries.
“The Wheatbelt’s road toll doubled from 14 in 2015 to 28 fatalities last year, which is a tragedy not only for families but for the entire community,” Mr Golsby said. “It’s more important than ever that people take responsibility behind the wheel, given 65 per cent of Wheatbelt crashes can be attributed to deliberate driver choices, such as speed, drink driving and inattention.”
TOUR #7 – MARCH 2017
w/ THE EASTERN LINE feat. HAYDEN SPRIGG
+ MHINDEL feat. ERIN POPE
– Above headliners all dates, plus w/ supports as listed below –
FRIDAY 10 MARCH – Wagin District Club (w/ WAMbassador Polly Medlen and Dale Fazioli from 8pm – $10 door charge or FREE for Wagin District Club Members)
SATURDAY 11 MARCH – Wyalkatchem Hotel (w/ Bryce Hudson from 8pm)
SUNDAY 12 MARCH – Mackie Park, Narrogin (w/ Kyle Haydock from 3-6pm)
SELECT ARTIST BIOS (IN BRIEF)
THE EASTERN LINE (feat 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 and 2016. 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. His newly formed band The Eastern Line, now a four-piece – have impressed at Dowerin Field Days and more.
MHINDEL (DUO, feat ERIN POPE): Playing a sweet blend of folky, soulful roots, duo MHINDEL features WAMbassador Erin Pope. Erin is passionate about sharing stories from home, both the good and the bad. She says, sadly, car crashes seem to be a big part of that. She chose to become a WAMbassador because she wanted to share a road safety message with her community that even if you’re not directly involved in a car crash, it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the impact. Writing songs helps her process those feelings and it’s something she can share with her family, mates and community.
POLLY MEDLEN: Polly Medlen has plenty of experience on the live music circuit in Perth and throughout regional WA, her band lining up with favourites Abbe May and Ruby Boots and supporting acts like Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley. Polly Medlen has also enjoyed multiple wins in the WAM Song Of The Year awards in the Country category and a WAMi nomination for Country Artist of the Year. For Polly, becoming a WAMbassador was a natural choice given her passionate belief in the importance of the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit and RAC’s road safety messages. Losing friends and family to road trauma is a nightmare that Polly has lived through. She says the loss to families and the community causes hurt for years after the event but it’s something that should, and can, be avoided.
DALE FAZIOLI: With influences like John Butler, Gary Clark Jr and Jimi Hendrix, Wagin local Dale plays an energetic style of blues and roots and has been playing guitar since he was 10. Playing a mix of cover songs, Dale will be playing a few original songs for the first time!
BRYCE HUDSON: Whilst he might only be 19 years old, central Wheatbelt local Bryce Hudson has already been playing guitar for a decade. Taught by his dad, Bryce has evolved a folk/blues influence within his music inspired by artists such as Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran and John Meyer. Accepted into WAAPA at an early age due to his musical talent, he’s a talent quickly on the rise.
KYLE HAYDOCK: Kyle comes on to the show courtesy of Narrogin Musicians Association, which promotes 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.
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Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, presented by:
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.