Welcome to Western Riverina Arts - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to develop, support and promote the arts and culture in Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera & Murrumbidgee. 
We hope you enjoy your stay!

Cad Factory launch album

Grace Before Meals started in 2009 when songwriter Vic McEwan entered a studio with the desire to make an album with a revolving line up, capturing songs with the help of whoever happened to be around at the time. Not so much a permanent band but a revolving experience. This line up existed as a two piece featuring piano, xylophone, percussion, clarinet, huluzi and voice and sometimes extended into a four piece featuring trumpet, double bass, viola and all manner of found things.

After having their first gig supporting Mick Turner and Jeffrey Wegener at The Cad Factory in Sydney, Grace Before Meals embarked on an ambitious 30 show European and China tour, playing in places as diverse as a series of squats in Amsterdam to a festival of art, architecture and music in a 13th Century castle in Italy. Returning to Australia the band continued playing live in various line ups.

Vic was the 2014-15 NSW Regional Arts Fellow, the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia and he sits on the State Leadership Group for Arts and Health which advises on the development of Arts and Health in Australia. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, a multi disciplinary arts organisation that have been described as “One of Australia’s most innovative arts organisations ” by Nava, the peak body for Visual Arts in Australia.

In amongst this, Vic has found the time to gather together close friends to create the next Grace Before Meals album, An Intricate Manoeuvre Through Ghosts and Residue. Featuring 12 tracks with instruments such as piano, drums, trumpet and bass, to more obscure instruments, like a Paddle Steamer and a Huluzi.

An Intricate Manoeuvre Through Ghosts and Residue will be released via a special podcast event at 9pm on Monday 15th February 2016. A link to the podcast will be available at www.cadfactory.com.au

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