WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

Acoustic Music, Dance & Spoken Word events

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation
to help promote folk events in Western Australia.
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
then please consider joining the WA Folk Federation.

Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your WA Folk or acoustic music event to the link below.
Passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
will also help promote your event to a wider audience.
If you have a web site please add a link from yours to ours.

This site is edited and updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.
When submitting information or requesting alterations
please allow time for updates
to allow your prospective patrons a chance to plan their diaries.
The quicker you get it to me the more publicity you get for FREE

To be included in the calendar
See the guidelines and conditions below
All information is correct to the best of my knowledge,
I cut and paste info that is either sent to me direct or from other sources,
sometimes inaccuracies may creep in.

The links below will take you direct to the sections listed.


If you want your Western Australian
event to appear on this calendar email the details to:

In the following format:
Day & Date of the event (eg. Fri 18th July):
Name of performer/concert etc:
Venue:- Short description of show (please keep it to less than 100 words (include door open & start time, cost, link to ticket, etc.)
Contact name: (for info & bookings)
Phone: (land line and/or mobile) Email:       Web:      
Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):

I cut and paste from the email body so please don’t send attachments, I can’t get text from pics & pdf’s are awkward and take extra time
and some attachments can carry nasty things that I don’t particularly want on my computer so I won’t open them.
Generally the emphasis of the calendar is acoustic and/or folk roots based events and news. This covers a wide range of genre such as folk, blues, world music, country, choirs and more. Placement is at the discretion of the webmaster.

If you send your acoustic gigs to any of the other email lists then please “Cc” them to this calendar at (new anti spam email) and your show will be up here within a couple of days and stay ’til the event is past, no waiting for emails to be sent out, it is online 24hr a day 7 days a week for everyone to see.

If you join the WA Folk Federation you will get weekly emails with the next fortnight of upcoming gigs listed here.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied)

While COVID-19 is not quite such an issue We still urge people to take care when going to a live show. If you have an inkling that you may be coming down with flu or cold type symptoms then maybe preferable to stay home and look after yourself. We don’t want these viruses spread unnecessarily, PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!
Most venues are still required to keep a register of attendees. This is mandatory so please don’t complain to the organisers and give all the details required (which means Given & Surname), better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly.

June 8th
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club.
People have been asking when we might have Merriwa Acoustic Music Club on Zoom again. Well, COVID taught us how to use Zoom and I suppose that is an up-side (if perhaps a very, very small one in comparison to all the horrible stuff). So along with our regular 4th Tuesday of the month face-t-face in-person meeting on June 22nd, we will have Zoom Merriwa session. This will be each person having one song and then on to the next person, with everyone muting their microphones except the person performing.
Below are the Zoom details:
Topic: Merriwa Acoustic Music Club on Zoom
Time: Jun 8, 2021 07:30 PM Perth (Australia)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86213612625?pwd=OU13OTJZNTY0OC9KUmVYbGhpRVlpdz09
Meeting ID: 862 1361 2625 Passcode: 617029
Best wishes and blessed internet connections on the night,

Friday 11th June
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
This month the feature artist is Graham Wilson. It’s been a while since Graham was at Wanneroo.
With a powerful and melodic voice, a unique guitar style influenced by Dick Gaughan and Martin Simpson and a rhythm all his own, Graham performs a choice selection of traditional songs from his native Scotland and contemporary songs from some of the finest songwriters of our time. After many years involvement in the UK scene and following a sabbatical from music, he came to Perth, Western Australia, settled in and decided to rekindle his love of performing. Since returning to music, Graham has performed at The National FF, Fairbridge FF, Illawarra FF, Yackandandah FF, Newstead FF, Cobargo FF to name a few and is fast becoming a favourite with his rugged guitar style and powerful vocals. Having lived in both Belgium and Italy Graham is also tri-lingual and on occasion will drop a Jacques Brel song into the mix.
There will also be a couple of floor spots but they are the surprise acts for the night so you will have to come along to find out!!
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Sorry but you will need to COVID register at the door
Admission $10 ($8 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday 13th June
— Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly, 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Open mic music club.
Music starts 2 pm.
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
Plenty of parking. Drinks at club prices.
Entry $5.00
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.

14th June
— Supperclub.
Take a pinch of Patsy Cline, add a dash of James Taylor and a generous dollop of Brandi Carlisle and you have Helen Townsend and Shannon Smith Duo. Reminiscent of Welch/Rawlings and Harris/Crowell these two capture your imagination and heart. …the duo engages and entertains the audience with their stories, anecdotes and off the cuff wit, and then woo them with strong original songs and tight weaving harmonies. The music is soulful, edgy and embraces Americana roots. Helens voice is unique, timeless and her stage presence captivating, whilst Shannon’s rich harmonies, onstage presence and guitar work complete the duo.
Spoken word this month will be from Peter Stone who needs no introduction to friends of Dingo’s Breakfast, Peter Capp or WA Bush Poets and who recently hosted three sellout concerts at his Big Picture Factory.
As regulars know, Supperclub is an intimate venue with an audience who enjoy listening to first rate performers in a quiet atmosphere.
Tickets $45.00 (please note non-dining tickets not available)
Doors open 6.30pm Bread and dips served
Spoken Word/Reciter 7.00pm, Dinner 7.30pm, Music 8.15pm, tea/coffee 9.00pm
Visit our website https://www.littlefolkinc.com to book your tickets and for more info.

18th June (3rd Friday)
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.
Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mdg.
The usual crew will be in attendance…
Doors Open: 6.45pm. Show commence 7.30 / 10.30pm
ENTRY $10.00.
Full Bar service available now with “card” facilities.
As per usual, we have LIMITED capacity and refusing entry is never an envious task. First come, best dressed.

SUNDAY 20th June (3rd Sunday)
— Jackadders Music Club
NOTE the new VENUE: The Perth Horse and Pony Club, 171 Jon Sanders Drive (entrance opposite Selby St North, Herdsman.) We’ll put a sign up on Jon Sanders Drive. TIME: 2.30 – 5PM
COST: $12 Adults Children free. For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com

22nd June
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments
— Leederville Songwriters Club.
The 21st Amendment, 11/663 Newcastle St. from 7:00 pm UTC+08-10:00 pm
The Beaufort St Songwriters Club presents a special residency in Leederville celebrating original music and the songwriters of WA, in Perth’s best entertainment hubs.
You’ll love this wholesome event with the carefully curated lineups of exceptional WA singer-songwriter talents: ~ Grant Harris ~ Angie Colman ~ Dawn Barrington ~ Lee Lampropoulos $5 ENTRY
https://www.facebook.com/events/Leederville Songwriters

Saturday 26th June (TBC)
— Folk In Mandurah
COVID requirements permitting. If, because of any of these requirements, a change of date is required, I will advise by email a.s.a.p.
The theme will be: posted soon. Please remember that the theme is advisory only, any reference, no matter how oblique, is great!! Looking forward to catching up with you,
Look forward to hearing from you, Ian and Lusy Long ilo78333@bigpond.net.au.

9-11 July
— Albany International Folk’ n Shanty Festival.
Albany International Folk’ n Shanty Festival is Free! The purpose of the event is to celebrate international maritime folk music and history. We also recognise the huge health benefits of singing and will be raising money for worthy charities
web: http://shantyfest.com/ Email: albany.shantymen@gmail.com

8-10th October
— Nanga Music Festival.
Nanga Bush Camp Price: (TBC) · Duration: 2 days A one-venue acoustic music festival in the beautiful Western Australian jarrah forest. Concerts, workshops, sessions, wood fires, food and more!
We’re cooking up a cracker of a Nanga Music Festival for you 8-10 October this year! Earlybird tickets will go on sale 18 July. Please save the dates. It’s never too early to start talking to your crew and look out for our Facebook event.
Also, if you know of any budding young singer/songwriters then please alert them to the fabulous opportunity the Nanga Music Festival Youth Scholarship offers – full details here.
https://www.facebook.com/Nanga festival

4th-7th March 2021 (TBC)
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
Stall Applications: Food and market stall applications open on 9th November 2021 and forms will be available on our website. Volunteers: Volunteer applications for the 2022 festival, will open in December.
More info: email: info@nannupmusicfestival.org
Phone: (08) 9756 1511
Web: nannupmusicfestival.org

Regular Song & Spoken Word Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)


1st of Month

Hills Folk Club contact: paulinekevin@bigpond.com
Bush Poets & Yarnspinners

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk’n’Blues

4th of


2nd of

Mid West Folk & Blues Club – 2pm-6pm. 99233707
Unplugged Acoustic Folk and Blues (no plug-ins), 3pm Roleystone Country Club. Mel 9399 8493

3rd of

1pm-4pm Mandurah Bluegrass Club join the Jam Session kayj4u@gmail.com
3pm-5pm Jackadderscarmel@carmelcharlton.com

4th of

Last of

2-5pm Margaret River Music Club – unplugged acoustic music forum.
3-5pm Perth Scottish Fiddlers group, Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Avenue. (Margaret 9445 1727)


2pm and 5pmYa Ya’s, Northbridge present an Acoustic Open Mic session



Supper Club: Old Bakery Cafe on Eighth, Maylands, a short spoken word performance and a music set over supper.
Lip Service Poetry Group, 22 Kathleen St, Bassendean, Doug Miles 9255 2531 email: dugmiles @hotmail.com



Wax Lyrical, Leederville



Kalamunda Music Sessions/ClassesDavid & Jenny Hoffman tel 9279 4707.
Tunesmiths Cafe Songwriters Club. Legends Bar 6 Hislop Road, Attadale. Makk – email phone-9258 4465 or Mike – email phone – 0413 677 084



Beaufort St Songwriters Club, Defectors Bar (above The Flying Scotsman) $5 entry

1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O’Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for more details about the groups visit:The Club and Dance page)

Perth International Folk Dance Group,East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club, Jerrat Drive, East Fremantle, Easy Dance, Mondays 12:30 pm, Jenny 9381 5235
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 0414 859 393
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 0414 859 393

Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au
Hora Shalom Dance – Dances of Israel, 7.15 – 9.15p.m. www.horashalom.org.au

Marlee Morris 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 0400 731 049 email: marleemorris@morris.org.au
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 – 9pm
reefm@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024 https://www.facebook.com.roseandwattle

Kalamunda SCDC: 7.30 pm at Jack Healey Centre. Bill Head 0417 963 058
Rockingham SCDC: 7.30 pm Gale Tamplin 9593 5738
St Stephens SCDC: 7.30 pm Carol Phillips 0408 629 571
Hora Shalom Dance – Dances of Israel, 10am – 12noon www.horashalom.org.au

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Glen Forrest Hall, cnr Statham St and Marnie Rd, Glen Forrest, Regular Dance 9.30-11am
Fair Maids of Perth. Meet fortnightly on Fridays at 7pm in the Guide Hall in Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Email: fairmaidsperth@gmail.com

Hora Shalom Dance – Dances of Israel, 10am – 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm www.horashalom.org.au
Perth International Folk Dance Group, Dalkeith Hall, 99 Waratah Dalkeith, 1:45pm easy dance, 2:45 regular dance at Jenny 9381 5235
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly
Grand Bal de Chidlow on the second Saturday of every second month 5pm

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm (Not currently running) 0422 718 220 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
Marlee Morris 9am-noon (3rd & 4th of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 0400 731 049 email: marleemorris@morris.org.au
Irish Set Dancing: Last Sunday monthly, 6 pm Ken and Connie 9274 5170

Folk On Radio and TV


2:20pm & 11:20pm

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am


9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm


1 – 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm



Folk n Stuff

KCR fm

102.5 fm


Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm


Acoustic Cafe


92.1 fm


12 – 2 pm

The Friday Folk Fest

Hope FM

103.9 fm

12:30-1 pm

The Scottish Half Hour

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


5-8 am

Telling Tales (fortnightly)

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm

6-9 am

Irish Beakfast

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

11am-1 pm

Global Rhythm Pot


92.1 fm

12-2 pm

Only Folking

Heritage FM

107.3 fm

5-6 pm

You Don’t Have To Be Irish

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


Music Deli

ABC National

810 am


7 – 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland




Postal Address:
PO Box 328



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