WA Music launches Demos from the Wheatbelt CD

August 22, 2019 at 4:43 PM

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In March this year, Merredin’s historic Cummins Theatre was transformed into a professional studio as ten artists from the Wheatbelt recorded their original tracks with award winning producers Matt Gio, Dan Carroll and Andy Lawson. For some of the artists, it was the first time they had set foot in a professional studio.   

Demos from the Wheatbelt, the 10th iteration of WA Music’s ‘Sounds of’ and ‘Demos from’ regional recording project series, will be launched at Cummins Theatre in Merredin on Friday 30 August 2019. 

Acts featured on the compilation include Georgia McAlpine (Buntine), Gracie B (Gwambygine), Hayden McGlinn (Lake Grace), Kelea (Gingin), Polly Medlen (Wagin), Refractory Road (Northam), Sue Munns (Beacon), Tim Beckingham (Wialki), Tom Caughey (Nukarni) and Primary Collective (Merredin). The launch will be a great way to celebrate the project, WAM’s second full length Wheatbelt album. The unique album cover was painted by visual artist Michelle Murfitt from Merredin. 

ABC Mid-West & Wheatbelt will host an outside broadcast of the Drive program at 4:00 - 6:00pm, followed by the CD launch hosted by Drive presenter Andrew Collins and colleague Dominique Bayens. 

WA Music’s regional recording projects have uncovered 100 tracks that have been broadcast on radio stations across the country and racked up over 80,000 plays across digital streaming platforms. This has helped 147 regional musicians realise their potential and sparked many successful music opportunities for Wheatbelt artists such as Hayden Sprigg (The Eastern Line) WAM 2019 Country Song of the Year winner and Pete Byfield, who has just completed a 46 date National tour. Sounds of the Wheatbelt (2014) was the first WAM album to be available for purchase with sales exceeding expectations.

Tickets are available at the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre and online through the Cummins Theatre website. As an entrée to the official launch, each of the songwriters will feature in solo mode as part of the Wheatbelt Songwriter’s Showcase, taking place at the annual GWN7 Dowerin Machinery Field Days 2019 on 28/29 August. A limited quantity of the Demos from the Wheatbelt CD will also be available at Dowerin for those who get in early. 

Read full media release here…

Image: Georgia McAlpine

Image credits: WA Music

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