2018 WAMAwards – West Australian Music Nominees

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2018 WAMAwards – West Australian Music Nominees

WA’s biggest songwriting competition continues to deliver the goods; with WAM Song of the Year again recognising and uncovering the absolute cream of WA’s rich songwriting crop, and providing even greater opportunities and rewards for successful nominees than ever before!

With judging complete, it’s time to celebrate and thrust the next crop of stars into the spotlight as we reveal the nominees for WAM Song of the Year 2017-18, all vying for a slice of the record-breaking $45,000 in prizes on offer over 16 categories.

Leading the pack with three nominations is John Bennett, with his song Country is Calling nominated in Best Country, Best Regional, and Best Indigenous categories. Following closely with two nominations apiece are Bolt Gun, Carla Geneve, Coin
Banks, Farraday’s Cage, J.F.K, Riley Pearce, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Ziggy Ramo.

The full class of 2017-18 #WAMSOTY WAMAwards nominees includes an exciting and diverse mix of artists, representing all genres, levels, backgrounds and genders, with their award-nominated tracks exploring plenty of powerful stories and themes.

WAMAwards Song of the Year Coordinator Claire Hodgson said, “It’s great to see such authentic self-expression across this year’s nominated songs, using music to not only share personal stories but also to draw attention to issues close to their heart. This is songwriting at its finest!”



Sponsored by Nannup Festival I Studio sponsor Artisan Music
The Fire Inside Farraday’s Cage
Ghost Kat Wilson Trio
Hometown Blues Minky G and Rosco
Ask For It Tracey Barnett
Lies Carus Thompson

Sponsored by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook I Studio
sponsor Underground Studios
What Am I Fighting For Jasmine Atkins
Country Is Calling John Bennett
Wanted Man Kim Wainwright
The Great Escape The Justin Walshe Folk Machine
Maybe I’m Just In Love The Little Lord Street Band

Sponsored by RTRFM I Studio sponsor Fremantle Recording
Juxtapose Corbelle
Bitter Lake Doublethink Prism
Prior Engagement Feels
Formlessness Mayhills
Calling Ukiyo

Sponsored by RØDE Microphones I Studio sponsor Sumo Sound
Man is Wolf to Man Part 1 Bolt Gun
Unveiled feeding | ear
The One Intenso
Bering (Foreboding) samarobryn
No Tether Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Sponsored by Clancy’s Fremantle I Studio sponsor Blondel
Recording Studios
Friends I Want to Tell You (On My Mind) Bill Lawrie
Red Rocks Carla Geneve
Trains And Submarines Carus Thompson
I Only Hide Helen Shanahan
Misplaced Riley Pearce

Sponsored by Diskbank I Studio sponsor Templeman Audio
Man is Wolf to Man Part 2 Bolt Gun
Uncharted Make Them Suffer
Quantum Umbrella Nucleust
Stuck Odditry
The Alarmist Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
Red Light Ultra Sound

Sponsored by Audiofly I Studio sponsor Crank Recording
Manzer Fesse 457 World Jazz
Onward and Upward Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Don’t Stop Here Harry Mitchell
Catalyst Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble
Tony Umbridge MFG

Sponsored by Freo Social Hall I Studio sponsor Poons Head
Country Is Calling John Bennett
Culture Child JoKeria
Little Country Town Lullabies and Legacies
Wangkatjungka Woman Rocky Ridge Band
Same Script Ziggy Ramo

Sponsored by APRA AMCOS I Studio sponsor Blackbird Sound
Red Rocks Carla Geneve
The Mountain Harry Jakamarra
Country Is Calling John Bennett
Three Stories to the Truth Short & Curly
Here and Now Tanya Ransom

Sponsored by Cool Perth Nights|Mojos Bar I Studio sponsor
Tone City Recording Studio
Love Decline Abbe May
Forgive Us (feat. The WAAPA Gospel Choir) Coin Banks
A Boy And A Boy J.F.K
Misplaced Riley Pearce
Boys Will Be Boys Stella Donnelly

Sponsored by Rhubarb Records | XVinylX I Studio sponsor
Vision Studios
Back To The Grey Hope Street
Make It Right Incomplete
Witch Los Solos
Stupefied The Bible Bashers
Magic Glove The Bob Gordons

Sponsored by Badlands Bar I Studio sponsor Soundbaker
Truthless BATS
Ashes Camarano
A Boy And A Boy J.F.K
Critical The Tommyhawks
Coping Treehouses


Sponsored by City of Fremantle I Studio sponsor Sonic Lolly
Walls Darcey Morton
The Fire Inside Farraday’s Cage
New Slate Lily Kate and Amelia Grace
Sometimes Luna Rozza
I Rise Sienna Eddy
SCHOOLS 15 – 17
Sponsored by Headphonic I Studio sponsor Pavement Studios
Hannah Dexter Wright
Ear To Lend Figurehead
Timeghost hachi
The Stockman’s Grandson Lachy John
Now I’m Here MALi JO$E

Sponsored by Sorrento Strategic Music I Studio sponsor Shake
Down Studio
It’s Usually Sunny in Perth Bluntfield
Be Real (feat. Danny Martin) Coin Banks
Navigator Dead Tooth
Money For Portraits POW! Negro
Same Script Ziggy Ramo

Sponsored by Perfect Pitch Publishing I Studio sponsor
Shanghai Twang Studios
Same Drum Akolkol Dastan Gesa
Blah Brassika
FANM Grace Barbé
Binar Phil Walley-Stack
Clarity Rastatrix

WAMAwards winners will be announced at the WAM Song of the Year Awards Party, debuting at the Fly by Night Musicians Club on Wednesday 16 May at the iconic Victoria Hall in High Street, Fremantle. Hosted by MC Odette Mercy, the evening will feature performances from Song of the Year nominated acts The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Feels and J.F.K, as well as tunes from DJ Chicken Wing (Kester Sappho / Jarrah Records) to help kick celebrations into full swing.

Tickets available via moshtix ($25 + bf for WAM members and $30 + bf for non-members).




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