Original music returns to York’s Gallery 152 on 29 September with performances from Moose Nicholson, Red Saxguy, Alli Butler, Nick Childs, Gracie B and Chris Gibbs in a celebration of Wheatbelt region singer-songwriters.
You have to accept that things won’t always work and you’ll get your heart broken. But at the end of the day, positivity will win.Chris Gibbs
Gallery Nights is part of a series of events established by stalwart of the WA music industry, Chris Gibbs, who recently took up the country life with a move to York. Since then, Gibbs has immersed himself in the York community, getting involved in the establishment and running of the York Festival and, among other things, initiating Gallery Nights. We hear he’s even running for York Shire Council! It’s going to be a while before Gibbs relinquishes the title of hardest working man in rock and roll! Around The Sound made Gibbs sit still for a while so we could learn more about Gallery Nights.
“I moved to York around a year ago and said, ‘Here I am!’ Gallery Nights was one of the first things I started working on and it’s around the first-year anniversary right now. We’ve been running it around every two months, mostly for York and Wheatbelt artists, but we do have people up from Perth, too. It’s not just about the gig, it’s about where people stay while they’re in York, where they eat. In some small way I’d like to think we’re adding to the York economy.”
The Gallery Nights series also has had an impact on the creative life of York and surrounds. Of this, Gibbs said, “It’s energised people to be creative again, writing new songs for these shows. There is common ground between the artists and with the audience. Even the shyest of musicians finds it to be a welcoming and inclusive environment.
“I see this as a hand-in-hand thing. People who are creative are realising there’s an outlet for them and people are learning that York is close to Perth. It’s a short, beautiful 97-kilometre drive. Everybody wins!”
If the name Chris Gibbs rings a bell, chances are you will have come across his work before in some way, shape or form. He’s been active in the WA music industry for decades now, gigging constantly as his primary living, a multiple WAM-award winning song writer and performer, a teacher of music practice and theory, presenter on community radio and instigator of many initiatives designed to give artists a leg up and an audience. Gallery Nights is just the latest of his works in this vein.
Reflecting on his career and achievements, Gibbs said, “You have to accept that things won’t always work and you’ll get your heart broken. But at the end of the day, positivity will win.”
Gallery Nights is presented by Noise-a-thon Records and Gallery 152 as part of the 2019 York Festival. Pre-sale tickets available through Eventbrite at the special price of $10 +bf, door sales at the event are $15. FREE entry for kids 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. This is a licensed event with food from Meals By Meghan and drinks available.
More information here.