WHEATBELT TOURING CIRCUIT: Tour 8- The Jackson Roses, Nat Pearson and more
Following a huge, Wheatbelt WAMbassador-packed tour in March, Tour 8 is ready to go with locals and touring acts again combining.
The next edition of WAM’s Wheatbelt Touring Circuit will combine award winners and exciting up and comers. Following on from the previous all-Wheatbelt local artists tour, Tour 8 is back to business, featuring touring acts with Wheatbelt locals, and all free entry!
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 8 will roll into Northam on Friday 21 April, Dandaragan Saturday 22 and finishing in Narrogin for a family-friendly frolic on Sunday 23 April.
The tour will see all dates headlined by alt-country rockers and Australiana larrikins The Jackson Roses plus 2016 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards ‘Best Country’ winner Natalie Pearson. Across the venues, Wheatbelt acts will also support the local headliners, including Refractory Road, Kelly Gardner and Nicole Davies.
PREVIEW SONGS BY ARTISTS ON TOUR:
TOUR #8 – APRIL 2017
w/ THE JACKSON ROSES
+ NATALIE PEARSON
– Above headliners all dates, plus w/ supports as listed below –
FRIDAY 21 APRIL – Riverside Hotel, Northam (w/ Refractory Road) From 8pm
SATURDAY 22 APRIL – Aggie’s Cottage, Dandaragan (w/ Kelly Gardner) From 6pm
SUNDAY 23 APRIL – Town Hall, Narrogin (w/ Nicole Davies) 3-6pm
SELECT ARTIST BIOS (IN BRIEF)
THE JACKSON ROSES: The Jackson Roses are part of a new breed of Australiana, stylised by country, folk, rock and pop. 100% original music with a laconic twinge. The Jackson Roses have played non-stop around Perth in the last 12 months including at Jimmy’s Den, the Rosemount’s four5nine bandroom, Mt Helena Pub as part of the Mt Helena Country Music Festival, the Beaufort St songwriters club at Defectors and more. They have shared the stage with some of Perth’s finest, including Timothy Nelson and the Infidels, the Siren Tower, Ralway Bell, Michael Savage, Steve Hensby, the Honourable Schoolboys and more. With the official release of their first EP last year, consisting of four beautifully crafted songs. They have a 2nd EP scheduled for 2017, in what’s looking a promising time for the group.
NATALIE PEARSON: Pop-country artist Natalie Pearson blends girl-next-door charm with emotive, dynamic vocals. The first single off her 7-track EP, Chance At Love, received the award for ‘Best Country’ in the 2016 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards, where she performed on the main stage of the Enmore Theatre for the sold out red carpet event. She also received a Top 5 nomination in both the ‘Video’ and ‘Female Artist of the Year’ categories. Chance At Love ranked #4 on the AMRAP Regional Charts shortly after release, and is receiving airplay on KIX Country Network and Foxtel’s Country Music Channel, as well as national regional and community radio.
REFRACTORY ROAD: Influenced by classic rock and blues, Refractory Road present an acoustic guitar rock driven sound with big, clear and clean vocals, and a whole lot of top shelf banter to boot. A local Northam band comprised of six members brought together in the last 18 months from various cover bands, they consist of vocals, guitars, keyboard, drums, bass, harmonica and more.
KELLY GARDNER: A versatile singer songwriter, musician and looping solo artist, Kelly Gardner composes simple songs about often complicated emotions across multiple musical genres. Having spent several years away and a jazz graduate from WAAPA, Kelly has come home to WA to reflect, play and write her debut album.
NICOLE DAVIES: Nicole 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. Nicole previously featured in the October 2016 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Big Bash Festival show in Narrogin.
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.”
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.