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24th June 2016

A Music Revolution is happening – right here in Kalgoorlie Boulder

The amount of local original music coming out of the Goldfields right now, you’d think we were the new Melbourne for churning out artists.
A bewitched crowd enjoys the original music of Joshua David at Eleven 13's first E13 Session atop the WA Museum Headframe. Photo by B-R. Stokes

We’ve had musos here for ages of course, but we’ve also seen those musos mostly playing covers at pubs, and there hasn’t been a lot of recorded work getting about, and not really a thriving scene. Well HOLD UP RIGHT THERE because KB is pumping out such a good music scene at the moment, nek minnit all we’ll see walking down Hannan Street is a steady stream of beards, nose piercings, skinny black jeans and shirts buttoned all the way up.

Ange Leech (right) performs with Michelle Meehan at the WAM Sounds of the Goldfields Launch at the Goldfields Arts Centre. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

Ange Leech (right) performs with Michelle Meehan at the WAM Sounds of the Goldfields Launch at the Goldfields Arts Centre. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

Maybe it all kicked off with the WAM Sounds of the Goldfields project. They had so many submissions for that project they could have made five albums (no exaggeration). We saw all these great musos and bands come from KB, Leonora, out in the lands, and across the region. I think like everyone, that album was kind of surprisingly good. Not that anything was ever in doubt, but it was just that every track is such high quality, and they were all written in the Goldfields by Goldfields people – how cool are we!? The whole region felt such a sense of pride for that work. It was launched with a gig alongside Eskimo Joe at the GAC a few weeks ago and I think evidence of community support was obvious when people couldn’t stop tapping their feet to the local tracks, eventually leading to an all-out dance party on the orange carpet in this beautiful 700-seat theatre we are lucky to have here. Several of the tracks from that album have now achieved national airplay on radio. That looks like proof to me – proof that KB and the wider Goldfields region can produce some pretty solid, professional tunes that are enjoyed by a big section of our country.

A bewitched crowd enjoys the original music of Zack Inglis at Eleven 13's first E13 Session atop the WA Museum Headframe. Photo by BR Stokes

A bewitched crowd enjoys the original music of Zack Inglis at Eleven 13’s first E13 Session atop the WA Museum Headframe. Photo by B-R. Stokes

The WAM project gave a bit of confidence (personal opinion) to local musician and producer Ruben Wills. Ruben was recorded for the album and since the recording period, has started these incredible little sessions injecting live music into unusual spaces around KB. The first one was up on top of the WA Museum headframe, and it was so f***ing cute and nice. Three local performers, singing original music and telling stories. We all sat about with blankets and cushions, everyone brought a little picnic with them and it was such a beautiful example of local, community art that was also top-notch and quality. We’re basically better than Brooklyn NYC at this point. That’s what I’m feeling. Where else can you get this kind of experience? The Goldfields is the perfect fertile ground to try out stuff like this. Anyway, it went really well and now tonight there’s another session, at Wongutha Birni (incidentally where they recorded the WAM Sounds Of album). Hopefully, by the time you read this, there are a few tickets left for the session. Get onto the E13 Facebook page for more info.

Ruben has a bit to say about how this music revolution is happening. “As the demographic of Kalgoorlie changes, more cultural opportunities present themselves to artists of all types,” he says. “This year has seen an explosion of interest in the music scene, which we are adamant on fostering further. Our main goal is discovering, developing, and promoting local talent, because we believe our up-and-coming artists should be encouraged to make themselves and their music known.”

Honestly, this kind of discussion really gets me going. Forget foreplay, talk long-term meaningful sustainable cultural development to me.

The even better thing about this kind of rhetoric and discussion is that it’s not unique to just one guy in KB. There are so many great projects happening around the Goldfields that support these ideas as well.

020616KalRootsnBluesGFT Haydn Ward is excited for the next Roots & Blues event he organises with Ray Dimmack at Judd’s Kalgoorlie. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

Haydn Ward is excited for the next Roots & Blues event he organises with Ray Dimmack at Judd’s Kalgoorlie. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

For example, Haydn Ward is doing great things with the crew at Judd’s with his Roots n Blues afternoons. He gets a bunch of local acts together for a Sunday sesh, basically because he wanted to split his shift with other people who also deserved a spot. No joke – that’s actually what happened – he was offered a four hour gig playing at Judd’s, and instead of taking the lump sum attached to that four hour gig, he split up his gig with younger musos who needed some stage time to grow and learn. AWESOME.

Kalgoorlie Boulder's Darren Forster of The China Blue Experiment's newest single "Harlem" is enjoying daily airplay across the nation on ABC radio. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

Darren Forster of The China Blue Experiment’s newest single “Harlem” is enjoying daily airplay across the nation on ABC radio. Photo by G.Foulkes-Taylor

Darren Forster of The China Blue Experiment is really good at this as well. He mentors and teaches a few young musos in Kalgoorlie and also is known in the community for passing on gigs to others if he isn’t available. His new single ‘Harlem’, titled for and written about his adorable and completely awesome four-year-old son, is currently on rotation with ABC Local Radio. This means that at the 54 ABC Local stations across the whole country – yep – a guy from Kalgoorlie’s song gets played at least once per day. That’s a really big deal guys. He’s also kicking off a tour tonight at the E13 Sessions, following on from tonight with gigs across the top of the Northern Territory and the top bit of WA as well. Lots of big things for a muso that chooses to call KB home!

Talented local muso Joshua David. Photo by M.Drummond

Talented local muso Joshua David. Photo by M.Drummond

Also have you heard of Joshua David? You may not immediately recognise the name – but you’ve defs seen him play before – he opened the stage for Sheppard and San Cisco to crowds of thousands recently at the Sound Shell in Kalgoorlie. Seriously, events team at the CKB. You’re booking some pretty great talents. Back to Josh though, he’s got a few good ties to Kalgoorlie including his grandma who was born here, his grandpa who has been here 60+ years, and his mum and dad who were born in Kalgoorlie and Leonora respectively, meeting and falling in love in KB. Josh has lived around Scotland and Australia for most of his life, and has only been in Kalgoorlie for about a year and a half. When he was about to move him, some musos who knew him warned him it might be a dead end for him musically. A dead end hey? Nek minnit (sorry to use that again but also not sorry) he’s playing for the internationally acclaimed band Sheppard to 7000+ people, then supporting smash hit youngsters San Cisco at the same venue. He’s also recorded a bunch of music since moving here, is about to release a single, and alongside that has had a photo shoot with a local photographer to support the release. He has a full album coming out soon too. Opportunities like these have never been available to him in other places he’s lived around the world. So, you know, not really the definition of a dead end is it.

We can’t wait to see how this local movement grows and expands, because it feels like it’s the start of a real Goldfields music revolution.

Join the ranks tonight at Eleven 13’s second E13 acoustic session TONIGHT at Wongutha Birni. Vive la revolution!

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Georgia Foulkes-Taylor has two arts degrees and actually uses them every day. She’s a creative producer, multimedia specialist and adventurer, who works on creating meaningful and long-lasting culture. She grew up here, loves donuts and really really really enjoys yoga.

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10th June 2016

Kalgoorlie Boulder Outback inspires Poetic Traveller

Mike Hancock’s birthday surprise trip to Australia has left him loving Kalgoorlie Boulder but not so sure about our little friends!

Mike and Sue Hancock visit Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love Kb The Outback inspires Poetic Traveller in Kalgoorlie Boulder

Travelling from the UK to spend time with family in Kalgoorlie Boulder, Mike and Sue Hancock prepared to board the bus for the unique Super Pit Tour.

 

He wrote us a poem that we would like to share with you…

I Love Australia

I’ve just come back from Australia
(it was a sort of a birthday surprise)
Where the beer is as cold as a polar bear’s bum –
And of course the bloody flies!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it there –
Like Christmas and mum’s mince pies.
But there’s a couple of things that pee me off –
Especially the bloody flies!

Why is the booze so bloody dear?
Why is it such a big size?
Why is it sometimes so bloody hot –
And why are there so many flies?

The Ozzies need a competition,
With a really stonking prize,
Awarded to the bloody genius
Who eradicates all of the flies!

They cover your face, your ears and nose –
Your tee shirt, your shorts and your eyes.
You’d have to say that it would be paradise –
Apart from the bloody flies!

So if you’re headed down under mate,
Here’s a word to the wise:
Be prepared to suffer the annoyance
Of the millions of bloody flies!

That’s my rant – it’s over now –
Ignore my many cries,
I love the place – I’ll be back again soon –
Despite the bloody flies!!

Mike Hancock UK

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2nd June 2016

7 ways to get the most out of your life in Kalgoorlie Boulder

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  • We♥KB Guest blogger Rebecca Brewin shares with us how to make the most out of living in Kalgoorlie Boulder

    In January 2016 I wrote I blog post called ‘10 things you should know about moving to Kalgoorlie Boulder’. The response on Facebook was incredible! Hundreds of people shared the article, agreeing that KB is an amazing place to live. A few others suggested I was exaggerating; that there was no way KB was that easy or that much fun. Well they are plain wrong! You can have the best possible life wherever you go and the Goldfields is no exception. Here’s how to live your best life in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

  • Become a ‘yes!’ person

    Moving anywhere new is daunting and it’s always hard to make new friends, but it’s even harder if you sit on your couch every weekend instead of getting out there. Where, you ask? Anywhere! Become a ‘yes!’ person and get out of your comfort zone. Say ‘yes!’ when colleagues ask if you want to go for after work drinks, if you see an ad for a cultural festival or event in the park, if the mums at daycare are going for a coffee or if there’s a VIP night on at a local store. Even if you are tired, can’t be bothered or won’t know anyone. Shove all excuses to the side and go along, smile, say hello and you’ll easily get chatting to the person next to you. Chances are you’ll have more fun than sitting at home trawling YouTube for cat videos.

  • Keep up to date with what’s happening

    “There’s never anything on in Kalgoorlie-Boulder”. Hmmm… I want to officially call bullshit on this statement. Every month Goldfielders work hard to bring amazing events and experiences to town. I doubt I ever had an entire weekend with nothing on in my 3.5 years there. So how do you find out what’s happening? You can start by following We Love KB on facebook and keeping an eye on the events tab. It’s also worth following the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, The Goldfields Arts Centre, Fossick Handmade, I Love the Goldfields, Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie-Boulder, The Kalgoorlie Miner (buy their paper too!), ABC Goldfields-Esperance and 981 Radio West. You can also follow the pages of shops, clubs, teams and groups that match your interests, like drama group the Goldfields Rep Club or the Goldfields Professionals Network who host social events for professionals to get to know each other.

  • Join a gym

    Getting some exercise is a good idea wherever you live, but you’d be surprised how many friendships blossom at the gym. Particularly if you regularly work out at the same time or go to a class repeatedly. There is a big gym culture in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and there are a bunch of different places to suit whatever exercise you’re into from kickboxing to pilates. I became very fond of the RPM classes at the Goldfields Oasis!

  • Join a team or club

    Joining a club in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of the top ways to make friends and have fun. There are clubs of all kinds suiting all interests from soccer, footy and many other sports to theatre, environment, craft, history, brass music, and dance. It might be slightly scary to turn up for that first meeting or try-out on your own but I’ll let you in on a little secret: clubs need members to survive, so they want you to be there! You can find most Kalgoorlie-Boulder clubs on Google, Facebook or in the local paper.

  • Volunteer

    Aside from the fact that volunteering helps others, it’s also proven to make us happier and healthier, it’s a way to gain new skills and meet new people. There are lots of ways you can give back to the community, from fostering a pet, helping put on a charity event or manning the BBQ at a fund raising sausage sizzle. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Volunteer Centre will help put you in touch with volunteer roles of all kinds around the city and there are plenty of Rotary and Lions Clubs who do community fundraising as well.

  • Shop local

    There are no places more social than Hannan Street on a Saturday morning or Burt Street during the Boulder Markets. You will bump into anyone you’ve ever met in the Goldfields plus local shop keepers are so friendly and always up for a chat. Going for a stroll, grabbing a coffee and stopping to chat to people works as an outing if you can’t think of anything else to do. You also get the satisfaction of supporting local businesses and keeping our main streets alive.

  • Make your own fun

    Can’t find a club or event to suit you? Want to eat a cuisine that you can’t get at a local restaurant? Support a cause there isn’t a charity for? Go to a festival that doesn’t exist? Don’t complain, create! All the clubs and events in Kalgoorlie-Boulder started with one or a few people who wanted something and decided to go out there and make it happen. So start your own Labrador appreciation society, hold an El Salvadorian dinner party or a silent rave. Think big or small and let your imagination run wild. Roaring success or not you’re guaranteed to have fun along the way.

AUTHOR PROFILE

Rebecca Brewin is 20-something reporter from Melbourne. Australia, who loves food, travel, style and having a good time. She recently quit her job and life to travel indefinitely.

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