Great Gable returns home

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
All but one of the members of Great Gable hail from the South West, and none of them can wait to perform at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell again.
Camera IconAll but one of the members of Great Gable hail from the South West, and none of them can wait to perform at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell again.

Tomorrow’s Across the Road Music Festival will be headlined by Great Gable, a band with its roots stemming from right here in the South West.

Front-man Alex Whiteman and guitarist Matt Preen met as teenagers playing junior cricket around the South West and quickly began discussing music before starting to jam together and performing at gigs.

“We met Callum and Chris at WAPA,” Whiteman said.

The band was founded in 2015 and since then, has been on two sold out tours, supported previous Hottest 100 chart toppers Ocean Alley and were recently described by Xpress Magazine as “one of WA’s premier upcoming bands”.

Haling from Vittoria Heights, Dalyellup, East Bunbury and Mindarie, the group jumped at the chance to perform in the South West again, set to bring their signature twist on the alternative-indie sound to Across the Road.

“We love coming down here, we all get down to Bunbury every now and then anyway, but we love playing here,” Whiteman said.

“We’ve played at the Bricknell Shell before which is really cool, you get quite a nice view up there looking over the estuary.

“The zero waste festival is a really good initiative, it’s something original and creative so we wanted to be involved.”

Whiteman said the group tried not to take themselves too seriously when on stage and they just enjoyed the moment and getting involved with the crowd.

“It’s just great seeing people enjoying the music,” he said.

“When they sing along and have a laugh, we like to have a bit of fun.”

Great Gable will be joined at the festival by a wealth of other local bands with the event itself to coincide with the end of the Bunbury Fringe Festival.

“The idea was to showcase WA bands, but I’m really excited we’re showcasing a lot of South West musicians,” festival organiser Kelsie Miller said.

“80 per cent of the musicians playing are ex-Bunbury people.”

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