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Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour 2022: Western Australia

featuring Jack Davies (AUS) and Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse (AUS)

JackDavies

From singing about seagulls to mumbling poems of sorrow, Jack’s songs like to laugh, poke and longingly stare at the world. Regarded as one of WA’s finest up and coming songwriters, the young singer cut his teeth busking in cafes and busy streets, before rising to prominence with his indie-folk rock band “Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks”.  

After touring nationally with the band and returning home to a fully sold-out solo residency in 2021, jack is excited to return to the stage solo with his unique blend of spoken word, folk picking, sad singing and indi-acoustic weirdery. 

 

 

Every so often a voice captures a moment in time. Slow, melodic and deliberate song writing that evokes quintessential West Australian imagery, Jack Davies is the voice of a new generation of Perth storytellers.

RTRFM 92.1 

Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks play sterling folk rock.

Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) 

I was thinking to myself today, wondering who of the modern Australian songwriters writing gentle, folk inspired songs have what it takes to be remembered in the long term and I reckon Jack might be one of them. His songs cut straight to the core and put you in a time and place you didn’t know you were missing.

Tommy Faith (Triple J Unearthed) 

GinaWilliamsGuyGhouse

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories and guitar brilliance.   

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.  

As conduits of a fractured past, they have made it their mission to become agitators for a hopeful future, by rewriting the script through song. Because the only way to address intergenerational trauma is to bring healing and invite everyone back to the campfire.  

They are a multi-award-winning duo, but don’t let that fool you – they’d much rather allow their performances and the power of the music they create speak for itself.  

Because even though there are less than 400 speakers of Noongar language left, their work has always been about what connects us. You don’t need to understand the words; love, loss, joy all means the same things no matter how you say it.  

http://www.ginawilliams.com.au 

 

 

Williams and Ghouse excel in writing songs that instantly feel familiar, despite being sung in an unfamiliar language. Williams is out to change that. Only 400 people speak Noongar fluently, and she told the audience of her passionate plea for us all to learn five Noongar words – #fivewords.

Bourby Webster, Seesaw Magazine 2020 

Songs in Noongar language transposed into English, and vice-versa (Moon River) show that Williams is a transcendent artistin any language, and her friend and collaborator Guy Ghouse’s generous, serene presence and fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing (often reminiscent of James Taylor, with the thumb taking the place of a pianists left hand) is a show in itself.

David Zampatti, From the Turnstiles (Koorlangka: Reimagined review) 

Composers Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have created a tuneful and engaging hour-long score for the youthful cast, with jazzy rhythms blending with the strings and winds of the orchestra…this latest venture…has demonstrated a welcome deepening of links between the Australian arts industry and Indigenous culture.

Marilyn Phillips, Limelight Magazine (Koolbardi wer Wardong review) 

Gelorup , 27 April 2022

Gelorup Hall, WA, Noongar Country Gelorup Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Noongar People. Situated in and around the Gelorup bushland away from the hustle and bustle, Gelorup Hall has a festive scene with a positive community atmosphere. Set amongst tranquil bushland – home to the stunning Red Capped Parrot – this lovely…

Acton Park, 28 April 2022

Acton Park & Districts Community Hall, WA, Noongar Country Acton Park & Districts Community Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Wadandi People of the Noongar nation. Built in 1924, this charming weatherboard hall is a classic Small Hall with a classic big heart. While many halls in the area have fallen prey to…

Wilyabrup, 29 April 2022

Willyabrup Community Hall, WA, Noongar Country Willyabrup Community Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Wadandi People of the Noongar nation. The much-loved Willyabrup Hall was built on the site of the old Wilyabrup school, which burnt down after a fancy dress evening back in 1954.Rumour has it that some of the students were…

Pemberton, 30 April 2022

Pemberton Mill Hall, WA, Noongar Country Pemberton Mill Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Noongar People. The Pemberton Mill Hall stands in the heart of Pemberton, a small village surrounded by tall kauri trees that are cloaked in an explosion of wildflowers in the spring. It was built in Pemberton in 1913 for…

Torbay, 1 May 2022

Torbay Hall, WA, Menang Noongar Country Torbay Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Menang Noongar People. The Torbay Hall is a charming historic building nestled amongst the Karri trees halfway between the towns of Albany and Denmark. The hall was built in 1913 to support the forestry and farming communities that had developed…

Beverley, 4 May 2022

Beverley Town Hall, WA, Ballardong Country Beverley Town Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Ballardong People. Welcome to the friendly town of Beverley! 130 km southeast of Perth, this warm and artsy community on the Great Southern Highway is believed to be named after Beverley in Yorkshire, from where some of the earliest…

Williams, 5 May 2022

Tarwonga Hall, WA, Wiilman Country Tarwonga Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Wiilman People. The Tarwonga Hall is an outstanding example of a community building which has architectural, social and aesthetic value and one which played an important part in the development of the local community and the creation of a sense of…

Hopetoun, 6 May 2022

Hopetoun Community Centre, WA, Wujari Noongar Country Hopetoun Community Centre stands on the traditional lands of the Wujari Noongar People. Established in 1989, this fantastic community owned and operated facility is the hub of Hopetoun. Situated in a picturesque little fishing village on the shores of Mary Ann Harbour, the community centre is vital place…

Esperance, 7 May 2022

Esperance Civic Centre, WA, Esperance Nyungar Country Esperance Civic Centre stands on the traditional lands of the Esperance Nyungar People. Built in 1981, the Esperance Civic Centre is situated in the heart of Esperance, just a stones throw from picturesque Esperance Bay. Widely acknowledged as the premier venue for entertainment in the south east of…

Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 8 May 2022

WASM Graduates Hall Gardens, WA The Graduates Hall sits in the centre of Australia’s largest outback city, Kalgoorlie-Boulder – the heart of the Goldfields and home to the richest square mile of gold in the world. Beauty rich and rare, indeed! The WASM Graduates Hall is a hub of community activity that provides a place…

Morawa, 12 May 2022

Morawa Town Hall, WA, Yamatji Country Morawa Town Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Yamatji People. Welcome to Morawa! Within this quaint Midwest town stands the grand old dame, the Morawa Town Hall. Designed by prominent architectural firm Eales Cohen and Fitzhardinge the Inter-War Functionalist style Morawa Town Hall was built in 1939. It is a…

Walkaway , 13 May 2022

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, WA, Yamatji Country Holy Trinity Anglican Church stands on the traditional lands of the Yamatji People. This beautiful, tiny church is in Walkaway, a pretty town nestled on the banks of the Greenough River. Visitors can admire the local population of peregrine falcons, cool off at Ellendale’s Pools, or take in…

Lancelin, 14 May 2022

Lancelin Hall, WA, Yued Noongar Country Lancelin Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Yued Noongar People. The lovely Lancelin Hall was built in 1964 and has been a meeting place for the vibrant Lancelin community ever since. From the late 1960’s, films were screened here, and cabarets and plays staged. Now the meeting…

Guilderton, 15 May 2022

Guilderton Community Hall, WA, Yued Country Guilderton Community Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Yued People. The Guilderton Community Hall was opened in 2008 and it was built in partnership between the Guilderton Community Association and Shire of Gingin. The Hall is a busy community hub, located next to the Guilderton Country Club (officially…

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Festival of Small Halls has announced that award-winning duo, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse together with witty lyricist Jack Davies will tour their home state on the inaugural western edition of Australia’s largest music tour of uniquely tiny places.

Presented by veteran festival producers Woodfordia Inc, the Autumn Tour 2022: Western Australia is the 27th edition of the beloved regional music tour.

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JACK DAVIES (AUS)

From singing about seagulls to mumbling poems of sorrow, Jacks songs like to laugh, poke and longingly stare at the world. Regarded as one of WAs finest up and coming songwriters, the young singer cut his teeth busking in cafes and busy streets, before rising to prominence with his indie-folk rock band “Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks”.  

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GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSE (AUS)

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories and guitar brilliance.   

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.  

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Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under current government Covid Safe regulations, and has stringent Workplace Health and Safety requirements for all travelling artists and crew. Under the terms and conditions of all events, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Please do your bit to protect others and keep your community safe.

The Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour 2022: Western Australia is supported by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Festival of Small Halls is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative