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24 Jul

In partnership with RAC, the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Country Arts WA, and with support from Hertz, WAM’s 2015 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit keeps going from strength to strength, with all tours reaching hundreds of Wheatbelt locals and travellers, and the series being extended til the end of the year.

Next up is Dave Johnson Trio + Simon Marks (ex-Wheatbelt local, now based over east) and China Doll, touring all three dates of the August tour. Wheatbelt locals include Brenden Nichols, Pete Byfield and Narrogin Musicians Association special guest Elizabeth Stringer, joining them at Kellerberrin & Districts Club, Grass Valley Tavern and Quindanning Inne, Fri 21 Aug – Sun 23 Aug respectively.



The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit is a rare program that sees free entry performances traditional pub venues, community rec centres and clubs throughout the Wheatbelt region, seeing leading acts from WA’s metro areas combining with a vast array of talented upcoming and established acts from the Wheatbelt. The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit assists acts in gaining vital new connections with the Wheatbelt music networks and audiences, and is geared towards establishing financially viable regional tour circuits and creating long- lasting community impacts, including promoting the #elephantinthewheatbelt road safety campaign for the RAC to bring awareness to the high road fatality rates experienced in the Wheatbelt. Of this issue, RAC’s Carina Lauder emphasises, “In 2014 the Wheatbelt road fatality rate was 11 times the Perth metropolitan rate, six times the state rate, and twice nearby regions.”

The Wheatbelt Development Commission’s CEO Wendy Newman said of their recent partnering, “We’re proud to be involved in bringing quality, original live music to this region while selling the very important message of road safety.” Country Arts WA’s CEO Jessica Machin added, Music is an important vehicle for bringing people together and creating a vibrant community, and Country Arts WA is excited to support WAM through the Louder program.”


w/ Dave Johnson Trio + Simon Marks and China Doll (all dates) plus…

Fri Aug 21 – Kellerberrin & Districts Club (with BRENDEN NICHOLS)
Sat Aug 22 – Grass Valley Tavern (with PETE BYFIELD)


DAVE JOHNSON TRIO: Promoting his new album On A Clear Day with a trio featuring John Wilson (bass) and Angus Diggs (drums), Dave has spent many years on the road touring with acts such as The Fling and Carus. On A Clear Day is a music lover’s album that deals with all the frailty and perplexity of the human heart, the material ranging from deeply personal to philosophical – telling one man’s truth through emotion and stories.

SIMON MARKS: The Wheatbelt-raised Marks got his start performing as part of the West Coast Blues and Root’s Fringe Festival, and from there this singer/songwriter has performed in Canada, Europe and all around Australia. Touring his latest release Crackle Of The Radio, he’ll be joined by Dave Johnson (mandolin), Angus Digg’s (drums) and John Wilson (bass) in an upbeat, interactive and great show for all.

CHINA DOLL: Spending the last 12 months touring Australia as a two-piece and mainstays of the WA folk festival circuit, they’ve played the Nannup, Fairbridge, Nukara, Spinifex and Boyup Brook Country Music festivals, the latter where they took out ‘Best Group’ two years running. Their latest single I Won’t Be Back isn’t a folk song though – it’s a snarling love-gone-bad song, with super-sized pop hooks. Produced and co-written by Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain, it follows on from the She Don’t Need To Know EP, which landed them a WAM Song Of The Year nomination and a semi final place in the International Songwriting Competition.

PETE BYFIELD: After many years of fostering local talent and playing in cover bands, Pete discovered a newfound zest for original songwriting after being selected for WAM’s Sounds Of The Wheatbelt. Pete then recorded at Wastelands Studios with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) and the result was his incredible debut album that was launched as part of a previous WTC in shows that were too good not to get him back again!

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.

ELIZABETH STRINGER: A 19 year old acoustic singer/songwriter, Elizabeth Stringer recently moved back to WA to study Youth work after living in South Australia studying music. Elizabeth is the founder of The Ladybird Movement, which is a WA-based movement for youth and young adults going through Depression, Suicide, Eating Disorders, Bullying etc. Elizabeth’s original songs often hit these topics and is a way that she can spread awareness and hope.

BRENDEN NICHOLS: From the Wheatbelt town of Toodyay, Brenden is currently working on material for a debut album. His music has leanings towards country and folk, with influences including the likes of Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Paul Kelly. His musical journey has also taken in Japan and Sydney.


More info here.

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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.