Welcome to the pages of the WA Folk Federation.
The WAFF was established in 1970 with the principle aim of promoting Folk Music and Dance in WA and attracting the National Folk Festival to WA which we hosted in 1978 in Fremantle & 1985 at The University of WA. The National Folk Festival, held over the Easter Weekend, is now located in Canberra with a featured state each year.
We became an incorporated body in 1974. We serve the entire state, although predominantly the Perth Metro area, and have done so for more than five decades. The WAFF is working now to reinvigorate itself and redefine its role in promotion of folk performing arts in Western Australia, including music, dance, yarns and poetry. In the coming months we promise many new and exciting developments. Join us as we work to elevate understanding and appreciation for folk music, poetry, dance, and story-telling.
In 2021 we came together with Hillarys Boat Harbour to present the 2nd Folk on the Water Festival running over the whole weekend 16th & 17th October. We will once again showcased West Australian talent with a diverse array of acoustic styles. For info on the acts click on the tab on this page.
WAFF Affiliated Folk Clubs
WAFF supports new and existing WA Folk Clubs through affiliation. Affiliated clubs can receive benefits though WAFF such as APRA license fees and other assistance. Affiliated clubs are asked to pay WAFF a small membership fee yearly to help cover expenses for club license coverage. WAFF can and sometimes does help with managing clubs and finding performers.
If you would like to start a folk club we are here to help you!
Saturday 28th October, 2023
— WAFF AGM.
The Annual General Meeting was be held as advertised. Many things were discussed and the minutes will be posted soon. It was proposed and passed that Pauline Tonkin-Saunders and Kevin Saunders be granted Life membership for the outstanding work over many years to further folk music in WA as a member of the WAFF committee (and executive) for many years and also running the Hills Folk Club. More info will be in the minutes.
Currently two clubs are officially run by the WAFF (Wanneroo Folk Club & Jackadders Music Club) and a number of others are affiliated.
Wanneroo Folk Club
2nd Friday of the month
Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick.
Jackadder’s Music Club
4th Sunday of Every Month
NOTE the new VENUE: Wembley Downs Scout Hall, 7 Dover Cresc. Wembley Downs.
The combination of Ken’s & Cindy’s drawings
the colourised version
How our logo/banner came about