WELCOME to the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF)

Welcome to the new pages of the WAFF. Currently we are re-developing the site but these things take time as we learn the new editing platform. Over the coming months we will add more pages such as a gallery of pictures from WAFF events, Minutes of committee meetings and more.

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. We became an incorporated body in 1974. It serves the entire state, although predominantly the Perth Metro area, and has done so for almost five decades. WAFF is working now to reinvigorate itself and redefine its role in promotion of folk arts in Western Australia. 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.

Friday 6th March 2020
— An Australian Folk Night
7.30 PM Start. The Irish Club of WA: 61, Townshend Rd. Subiaco.
This event highlights Australian Folk Song and folklore and raises funds for Bush Fire Relief. It is proudly supported by The Irish Club of WA, The WA Folk Federation and all the performers.
It will feature Bob Rummery and Loaded Dog; opening the night and providing us with a grand finale!
Other artists to date include: Alf Hurley, Phil Beck, Bernard Carney, Christine Boult, Carmel Charlton, Kevin Saunders, Geoff and Margaret Morgan, John Ralph, Sean Roche, Colin Smiley, The Rambling Bilbies, and more. The night will be compered by the one and only Murray Jennings, ABC Folk Music giant,noted poet & life member of the WAFF
To assist with the fund raising we will be a raffling off CD’s, bottles of wine and whatever else we can rustle up.
After much deliberation, we have chosen the following as Bush Fire Relief recipients:
• The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong, Victoria. They lost their performance centre in the fires. Money donated will go to building a new stage on a trailer, to enable the 25 year old community festival of bush poetry, song, music and yarn-spinning to continue.
• The Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, WA. Wildlife Conservation. Care for injured animals. Breeding programs for endangered species.
Any queries please contact:
Phil Gray: 0404 629 125. Rob Oats: 0418 908 899. Colin Smiley: 0400 275 974 or wafolk@hotmail.com
Do come along for a great night and for worthy causes.
Tickets cost $20 a head, no concessions.
For Tickets email wafolk@hotmail.com. Type “Bush Fire Relief Concert” as the subject (easy for us to see at a glance).
In the main text area request the number of tickets you need with your name and contact details (phone and/or email).
Terry will reply with bank deposit details (use your name as the reference) and when he sees the fund in the account he will send a confirmation email. We will keep names on the door but bring you letter anyway just in case.
There may be tickets available on the door depending on pre-sales, Tickets are limited due to the venue size. contacts: Colin Smiley: 0400 275 974, Phil Gray: 0404 629 125, Rob Oats: 0418 908 899 or wafolk@hotmail.com.

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 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!

Currently two clubs are officially run by the WAFF (Wanneroo Folk Club & Jackadders Music Club) and a number of other that are affiliated .



Wanneroo Folk Club
2nd Friday of the month

Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick.
Find us on Google Maps here
Doors open: 7:30pm, Music from 8pm
Entry price varies:
Guest Nights $10 ($8 WAFF Members).
Sing-a-round & Come-All-Ye nights $5 ($3 WAFF)
Email: John at johndralph@hotmail.com


Jackadder’s Music Club
3rd Sunday of Every Month

Community of Christ, Cnr Elmwood and Lombardy St’s, Woodlands.
Find us on Google Maps here
Adults $12, Children FREE, (WAFF $6)
More Information at: www.carmelcharlton.com/
Carmel Charlton 0412777061 carmel@carmelcharlton.com


Ken’s Drawing

The combination of Ken’s & Cindy’s drawings

the colourised version

How our logo/banner came about
Prior to 1997 there was a new “modern look” logo in use which didn’t really say much about who we are or what we do. After the the Joondalup Festival the committee decided that we needed to go back to basics a bit. As the new Town Crier editor at the time I was looking through the WAFF office and unearthed 2 items. One was a drawing by the late Ken Ferguson which was used as the logo for the National Folk Festival in 1978. The other was a silk screen of Swans and instruments which was used for a tee shirt design for the 1990 Toodyay Folk Festival.
I had no idea who had designed the T-shirt art work but at the Wanneroo Folk Club a couple of years ago I discovered that this mystery artist was a lady by the name of Cindy Stonor-McClean, a long time supporter of the WAFF and folk music in WA. I liked the look of both drawings since they had a connection to both folk music and Western Australia. So after much scanning and fiddling on my computer I combined the two drawings into one and a new logo was born. Over time it evolved with the adding of a bit of colour. The banner at the top of our new pages has better definition and is the latest version.