WHEATBELT TOURING CIRCUIT: Tour 9 – Rag N’ Bone, Carla Geneve and more
MAY TOUR SEES A MIX OF WAM ALL-STAR ARTISTS, INCLUDING WAM AWARDS NOMINEES, SONG OF THE YEAR WINNERS & SOUNDS OF ARTISTS
The next edition of WAM’s Wheatbelt Touring Circuit sees talented Perth and Wheatbelt artists showcasing just why they’ve won WAM awards or been selected for WAM projects. It’s a WAM-acclaimed all-star team, and – as usual – they’re playing all free entry shows across the Wheatbelt!
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 9 will roll into Northam on Friday 19 May, Bruce Rock Saturday 20 and finishing in Bindoon on Sunday 21 May.
The tour will see dates headlined by indie rock favourites Rag N’ Bone (nominated in two categories in the WAM Song of The Year awards 2016/17 and consecutive winners for the award in 2014 and 2015/16) and WAM Sounds Of The Great Southern star-in-the-making Carla Geneve, plus local upcomer Gauge Harder and folk singer/songwriter and WAM Higher Note artist Ezereve (with WAM SOTY 2015/16 winner Madi Henry). Plus more!
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 #9 – MAY 2017
w/ RAG N’ BONE
+ CARLA GENEVE
– Above headliners all dates, plus w/ supports as listed below –
FRIDAY 19 MAY – Riverside Hotel, Northam (w/ Local guests)
SATURDAY 20 MAY – Bruce Rock District Club (w/ Gauge Harder)
SUNDAY 21 MAY – Bindoon Town Hall (w/ Ezereve w/ Madi Henry)
SELECT ARTIST BIOS (IN BRIEF)
RAG N’ BONE: After winning the triple j Unearthed slot to play Fremantle’s Falls Festival this year, and hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed album A Handful of Ash, these rising stars are ones to watch. Rag n’ Bone have graced international festival stages at Rock A La Buse (Reunion Island), Music Matters Live (Singapore) and Concrete & Grass (China), along with hometown performances at SOTA, Hyperfest and WAMFest. They were also nominated for four WAMis last year; won two categories and were recently nominated for WAM Song Of The Year awards; plus lead vocalist Kiera Owen recently won WA’s Best Live Voice award at the National Live Music Awards.
CARLA GENEVE: Carla Geneve is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter hailing from Albany. Carla’s music is shaped by her experience as a south-west teenager, and many are touting her as one of the most promising talents to come from this region. Her debut EP Storm in A Teacup was released as a 15-year-old and it pricked up ears, helping gain slots at Fairbridge Festival (2016) and the Nannup Music Festival (2017). Carla is currently completing WAAPA’s Diploma of Contemporary music and her new track Sharknet will soon be released on WAM’s Sounds Of The Great Southern.
EZEREVE: Ezereve sounds like a unique, folky blend of smooth Norah Jones vocals, expressed with the raw emotion of Jewel. Ezereve is also passionate about making a difference through her music, with all her bookings helping raise money for charities, which she’s already donated over $35,000 worth. Having had her music featured on ABC television, she’s also a regular columnist for her local newspaper ‘Northern Valleys News’, a 98.5 Sonshine FM blogger and was selected for WAM’s Higher Note artist management series.
MADI HENRY: Whilst only 15, her songs give her audience a window into her deep soul, with smooth, heartfelt vocals. Madi Henry won WAM Song Of The Year 2016 in her category with her original song Stronger. Some of Madi’s performance highlights include playing The Taste of Chittering, Muchea Youth Festival and more. Gifted with musical ability beyond her years, Madi Henry is a beautiful songstress to listen out for. She works with Ezereve and will be joining her for a number of songs.
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.