Four WA acts set to take the stage at Country Sounds Music and Arts Festival as part of second line-up

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Sean Van Der WielenSouth Western Times
Perth country singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin will perform at Country Sounds in December.
Camera IconPerth country singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin will perform at Country Sounds in December. Credit: Michael Tartaglia/TheWest

The biggest country music festival to ever hit the South West will incorporate a local flavour to its sound, with eventgoers set to scoot to some familiar faces.

Four WA artists have been announced as part of the second line-up for the Country Sounds Music and Arts Festival, set to be held at Brunswick Showgrounds on December 10.

The local contingent will be led by up-and-coming Perth alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin.

Despite only being 21, Ms Cotchin has already enjoyed a mountain of success, taking out West Australian Music’s Best Country Act and Song of the Year accolades last year with her track “Just The Way It Is”.

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She said it was an absolute honour to be asked to play the festival.

“Country music has always been such a huge part of my life and the artists I grew up with like Lee Kernaghan and Kasey Chambers will be playing on the same line-up,” she said. “It’s so surreal.”

Ms Cotchin is looking forward to being immersed in country music and cannot wait to rock out on stage.

She said audiences can expect to a line-up of “country grunge” tunes during her performance.

“Expect a rock ‘n’ roll show but with a bit of twang,” Ms Cotchin said.

“I like to think that my music is what Courtney Love would sound like if she was to make a country rock record.”

Joining Ms Cotchin on the big stage will be Delilah Rose, who will bring her 1970s-influenced rock ‘n’ roll tracks to the event. Ms Rose has previously supported Troy Cassar-Daley and played at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

Fremantle-based band Lincoln MacKinnon will rock the festival and is sure to keep audiences on their toes with an “unpredictable, mesmerising” performance.

Rounding out the WA contingent is Myalup singer-songwriter Ray Jones, who was a finalist for Album of the Year at this year’s Western Australian Country Music Awards for his release “Sleeping Rough”. His Country Americana-inspired performances are promised to be soulful and hard-hitting.

Country Sounds festival organiser Ross Macpherson noted the importance of highlighting local artists at the event.

“Western Australia is a breeding ground for some of the greatest musical talent in the world, including the likes of Tame Impala, John Butler, The Waifs, Bon Scott, The Triffids and more,” he said.

“There is no better place to look for talent than our own backyard.”

The four acts will play alongside some of the biggest names in Australia’s country music scene, including the 14-time ARIA award winning singer Kasey Chambers and 38-time Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter Lee Kernaghan.

Fanny Lumsden and Brad Cox round out the artist named so far for the event.

Tickets to the festival are on sale now at countrysounds.com.au.

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