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Shane Ronan and Damian Thorne in the studio

Recording Sessions

The Cad Factory Studio, Sandigo:
EOI applications closed on 30 May 2021

Having lived with COVID-19 for over 12 months and amongst the complexities of this pandemic, there has been a reported increase in the sale of musical instruments and people committing time to their creative practice.


As Australia moves towards a post-COVID reality, Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory partnered to offer an opportunity for local musicians to record a new piece of original music in the Cad Factory’s professional recording studio.


Through this partnership we aimed to:

1) Provide real support for creative endeavour.

2) Contribute to making a post-COVID world more musical.


We've supported five musical acts in our region (Narrandera, Griffith, Leeton, and Murrumbidgee LGAs) to each record one original song in the Cad Factory’s recording studio in Sandigo.



Arora Kiddle is a musician based in Griffith NSW and recorded her original song, "Say It When You're Sober."

Damian Thorne

Damian Thorne (vocals) and Shane Ronan (guitar) are based in Griffith and have been playing music together since 2020. They recorded their song, "Crying Children".

Shane Ronan

Damian Thorne (vocals) and Shane Ronan (guitar) are based in Griffith and have been playing music together since 2020. They recorded their song, "Crying Children".


Raylene Waye is a musician based in Narrandera and recorded her song, "Are You OK?".


Xavier Beauchamp is a musician based in Narrandera and Wagga Wagga who reappropriated a Waylon Jennings song, "A Long Time Ago" into "Awhile Ago".

Support Given

All recording costs, mastering and meals will be covered by Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory. This support is valued at $1000 per artist/group.

Selection Criteria

The lead songwriter/musician must reside in the local council areas of Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith or Murrumbidgee.

Selection Panel

Vic McEwan (Cad Factory)

Sarah McEwan (Cad Factory)

Aanya Whitehead (Western Riverina Arts)

Camille Whitehead (Western Riverina Arts)

To Apply

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be asked to submit their application via an online form. The form will ask you to include:

  • Name, pronouns, date of birth, contact information.

  • 300 words sharing your musical experience and how recording a song will benefit your musical practice.

  • 200 words sharing information about the original song you want to record including title, year written, instruments, if there will be other musicians involved in the recording.

  • Do you have previous recording studio experience?

  • Preferred recording date.

  • Commitment to be available on 12 June for the induction and meet and greet.

Expressions of Interest (Now Closed)

Public Programs

This project is a partnership between the Cad Factory and Western Riverina Arts, supported by Create NSW.

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