Western Australia is a big state and it takes a while to see it properly. Joel Smoker has been travelling up and down the red dirt tracks and black tar roads of this part of the country for many years. As a musician he has performed his songs about the people he has met and places that he has visited, both at major music festivals and in venues big and small around the state. As an artist he has sought out the places of significance, both natural and man-made, and has brought back drawings and photographs of these places.
The Road to Nullagine and places further out is a suite of songs inspired by Joel’s CD, The Road to Nullagine, which deals specifically with going out into the regional areas of Western Australia. The Road to Nullagine is a travelogue song that tells of a drive through the northwest and up to the Kimberley. Red Dog tells the story of the Kelpie/Heeler cross that became well known around Dampier and Karratha and now has a bronze sculpture erected in his memory at Dampier. Get off My Case is a song about those people who seem to get on everyone’s nerves out there on the road. Tojo Dreaming is a song about getting in your 4 WD Toyota (Tojo) and going to see this big state of Western Australia.
These and other original songs by Joel Smoker are performed sitting down in what Joel describes as verandah music, that is, music that could be performed on the front verandah of places out there in regional Western Australia. Joel plays guitar and provides the lead vocals and he is joined in performance by Ian Simpson, playing guitar and banjo. Ian also provides harmony vocals. Ian performed for many years with the Slim Dusty Travelling Band. You are invited to join them for an evening of pleasurable music.
For bookings or further details please get in touch with Joel - contact details.