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Venues have live music all sewn up

Thanks to live music venues such as Mojos, the Bird, Rock Rover, the Aardvark and the Rosemount Hotel, there’s never been a better time to be an original musician in Perth.

This weekend, the Sewing Room, a nifty band room off Wolf Lane in the city, celebrates its first birthday. While co-owner Martin Black says it’s not been without teething problems, the venue has hosted hundreds of live acts spanning jazz to heavy metal. The Sewing Room’s Thursday sessions for local bands has been a boon to many newcomers.

“Some of my favourite local acts have been Soukouss Internationale, Hideous Sun Demon, Noah Dillon and a young, all-girl band called Tether, who played their first ever show at the Sewing Room and are destined for big things,” Black says.

His favourite interstate visitor was drummer-turned-solo star G Flip, who took a break during sound check to chat to Black’s 13-year-old son and his mate, who are keen drummers. “Both kids got to play on stage with her on the rehearsal tracks,” he says. “She was a real sweetheart.”

Sly Withers, Spacey Jane, Fraeya and more kick off the birthday celebrations tomorrow night with Soukouss Internationale keeping the party pumping on Saturday. See sewingroom.com.au for more.

Congratulations to Albany’s Carla Geneve, who leads this year’s WAMAwards with a whopping seven nominations including best folk and rock act, and best single for the brilliant Greg’s Discount Chemist.

Other multiple nominees include Jack Davies, Jacob Diamond, Hyclass, Jamilla and the globetrotting Stella Donnelly, who is on the road in North America with US singer-songwriter Natalie Prass.

The full list, plus public voting, is available via wamfest.com.au. The WAMAwards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Perth on November 1.

The nominees for the third annual National Live Music Awards have also been unveiled.

Stella Donnelly has landed five nominations, tying with Melbourne punks Cable Ties and only one behind leaders (and also Melbourne punks) Camp Cope. WA’s John Butler Trio, ShockOne and Methyl Ethel have picked up national nods.

The NLMAs are dished out on December 6 at the Triffid in Brisbane with satellite events held around Australia, including in Perth at the Sewing Room. Tickets $10 on the door. Visit nlmas.com.au.

The Courtyard Club returns next month for eight weeks of free, live music in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard. Timothy Nelson (playing a whole new solo set), Mal Del Mer, Izatang and Raksha kick things off on November 2.

Courtyard Club is all-ages with a licensed bar and food. Details at rtrfm.com.au.

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