On July 23rd, a huge live audience witnessed the Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton come alive to the WAM ‘Sounds of The Mid West’ Live Album Launch. The evening saw ten compilation acts take to the stage for a fantastic evening of live performance.
Each act had their own unique sound and story to tell, which they did through interviews with Andrew Collins on ABC Radio’s Drive programme, and through a dynamic stage show which was compèred by Andrew Collins and ABC Mid West’s morning presenter, Michelle Stanley.
Featuring Theona Councillor, Ian Weggler, Carrum Mourambine, Vince Jones, Nicky Robson, Jade Jackson Music, Good Strife, Alexia Parenzee, Gus McKay, and Rosie from Warriyangga Warralgurniya, the evening was hugely successful and was the first event since the Regional Men’s Health Initiative came on board as a sponsor and supporter of the “Sounds Of” Regional Recording Project.
RMHI’s support of the “Sounds Of” project provides access to an audience who may otherwise miss important health messaging and has a certain synergy in parallel to song writing. Our message of “Talk to a Mate’ is mirrored in the fact that any sincere lyricist has to be honest when talking about the things that cause us pain in our lives.
Further to the Sounds of The Mid West, the WAM team hit the road again in August for their fifteenth regional recording project, the ‘Demos from Ngaanyatjarra Lands and Esperance’ double album!
The Regional Men’s Health Initiative is proud to be supporting WAM in working alongside Wilurarra Creative based in the remote Mirlirrtjarra (Warburton) Community, to record and share the original songs of nine acts from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA. Following that the team are taking a 1,200km drive via the Gibson and Great Victorian Deserts to the historic Bijou Theatre in Esperance to record nine artists from the coastal town.
This project is supported through the WA Government’s Contemporary Music Fund, and support from Wilurarra Creative, Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Regional Men’s Health Initiative, Hertz and WAM’s organisational partners.