WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

Acoustic Music, Dance & Spoken Word events
Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
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Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your WA Folk or acoustic music event to this calendar.
Passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
will also help promote your event to a wider audience.
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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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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.

If you send or post your acoustic gigs to Social Media such as Facebook or any of the other email based gig guides then why not “CC” them to this calendar as well. 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.


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
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.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied)

If you see TBC next to an event then check with the contact before going.

27th February
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (usually monthly 4th Tuesday)
Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (MAMC) is normally held every 4th Tuesday of each month at Jenolan Way Community Centre in Merriwa (very near the end of the highway north with lots of safe parking). MAMC has a simple ‘sing around’ format with each participant getting to preform two songs (or whatever it is you do… poem, dance, etc.) each cycle through the group. Everyone from complete beginners to accomplished performers are welcome. All types of instruments are also welcomed as is almost any style of music (bluegrass, folk, pop, rock, and more). We additionally have a featured club member lead the group in trying out and learning a new song together each month. MAMC has a purpose for fun, learning, encouragement, and in it’s small way – community service. If you would like to know more write: Oakyfolky@msn.com.

Friday 1st March
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday) TBC
HILLS FOLK CLUB is delighted to welcome the Ralph family in the guise of ‘The Emerald Trio’ to perform for you on Friday 1st March. John Ralph & his son Joe play regularly throughout Perth at Festivals & Folk clubs with guitars, mandolin & banjo. His daughter Jade plays fiddle and guitar, splitting her time between New Zealand and Exmouth where she works with whale sharks. She plays regularly in the house band at the Whalebone Pub in Exmouth. They will be performing on Friday night as a family trio singing & playing traditional songs & tunes from England, Ireland and Scotland. They make a contemporary sound but with roots firmly in the tradition.
Another performer with roots firmly in the tradition will be your own Hills Folk Club President, Peter Murphy. It will be a great night to start off your long weekend celebrations.
Falls Farm, Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm . Tea, coffee, milo & biscuits included in the $10 fee as usual.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter ‘Murph’ Murphy at murf2murf4@gmail.com

— WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Monthly Muster.
7 pm, TBC
The Auditorium, Swan Care Bentley Park, 26 Plantation Drive, Bentley WA
Contact: Pete Nettleton 0407770053 stinger@iinet.net.au

1-4 March 2024
— THE NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL.
More info at https://www.nannupmusicfestival.org/

8th March 2024
— Wanneroo Folk Club.
This month will be a come-all-ye where performers put there name a list and present 3 songs, tunes, poems etc to entetrtain you. The audience get the chance to join in the choruses and see and hear a wide varity of music for a very small cost. This has been a very popular format which gives seasoned perfomers the just to test out new matreial and for for those who have been playing at home to come and play to a suppporting audience.
Admission: Come-all-Ye nights $8 ($5 WAFF Members) Card facilities will be available.
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
If you want more info please Email: Rob Oats or wafolk@hotmail.com

Saturday March 9th
— NIGHT MARKET EVENT..
The Rotary Club of Mundaring Extends an open invitation to attend their annual NIGHT MARKET EVENT.
In Mundaring’s Sculpture Park Gardens 5 to 8pm
All the Classic and new market stalls plus a variety of food outlets to tempt the taste buds: Rotary’s own Sizzle, Bombay Nights, Turkish Nomads, Nam Thai, Corn Dogs, Coffee, Juice Junky, Coconuts Ice cream and more n more n more!
Including, and not to be missed a mouthwatering array of live music
Commencing 5pm in the Amphitheatre BILL LAWRIE and PETER WOODWARD. Foot stomping acoustic country blues as it should be! 5.40 / 6.10pm. ALE’ LEPORE. Solo European Guitarist, singer / songwriter and recording artist 6.20 / 7pm. THE SABRINA IVES TRIO. Award-winning Female singer / songwriter with the Guitar of Jordan Abel and Fiddle / Mandolin of Daniel Drieberg 7.15 / 8pm. The LOST FOLLOWERS Perth’s new Bluegrass Quintet. Featuring a stellar lineup of Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass and Vocals.
THIS IS A FREE, FAMILY EVENT. YOUR ATTENDANCE AND SUPPORT OF THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE MUNDARING ROTARY CLUB AND THE ABOVE ARTISTS IS REQUESTED AND APPRECIATED.

Sunday 10th March
–Matilda’s music.(2nd and 4th Sunday)
Matilda’s music is now held at Hollywood Subiaco Bowling Club. It is a great venue and Matilda’s has been warmly welcomed by the Hollywood Subiaco committee.
Matilda’s continues to be held on second and fourth Sunday of every month from 2-6pm.
Pay $5 at the door and share the love of making music. It’s an ‘open mike’ session, so if you fancy singing and playing to like-minded musicians, come along and put your name on the board. Or if you just like to see and hear people who love making music, please come along. Everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday from around 4pm -6pm a group gathers for a very informal ‘jam’ session. Again, everyone is welcome.
Venue address: 42 Smyth Road, Nedlands Western Australia 6009
Enquiries: Trevor Perree 0416 968 994

15th March
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
We are informed by the Sporting Club’s Management that the venue is not available to MFnBC in January OR February 2024 due to their alternate arrangements. As we don’t meet in December, that’s three months we’ll be closed. Members wishing to express disappointment could do so to the appropriate Management Committee.
MENU : TBA $12.00 cash only. Correct change appreciated. Bar has card payment options.
The cost for entry is $10.
Doors open at 6.45pm Show begins at 7.30pm and will usually finish around 10.30pm.
For more information, please contact mundaringfolknblues@gmail.com

17th March
— Greenbushes Acoustic. (3rd Sunday) TBC
Greenbushes Acoustic has been operating since September 2020. We aim to bring more live acoustic music to Greenbushes in Western Australia.
This is a free acoustic music event with open mic opportunities. From October, during the warmer months, the group meets from 2:30-4:30 at Thomson Park in Greenbushes. Ring Lee on 0491 009 134 or Irma on 0466 640 455 for more information.

Saturday 23rd March 2024
— Mandurah Soiree.
Just a “Heads Up” about our next Soiree on Saturday 23rd March 2024. Our usual starting time of 2.30p.m. with a break at 3.30 till 4.00, then continuing till 5.00p.m. or thereabouts, with the usual “Jam Session” for those who want to hang round for a while! Please let us know soon as possible if you will be attending either as a performer or as part of the audience. Look forward to catching up with you.
If you have any questions, please email or give me a call. We look forward to catching up with you all. email Ian ilo78333@bigpond.net.au

Sunday 24th March
— Jackadders Music Club (4th Sunday)
Performers this month will be Carmel & Lynda, The Rambling Bilbies, Duality and Jimjam. It will be an afternoon of music, fun and frivolity.
2.30pm Wembley Downs Scout Hall, 7 Dover Cresc. Wembley Downs.
Cost: adults $12 (WAFF Members $6) children free
For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Afternoon tea included
This is a West Australian Folk Federation Event.

–Matilda’s music.(2nd and 4th Sunday)
Matilda’s music, formerly run out of Claremont Recreation Club, is now held at Hollywood Subiaco Bowling Club. It is a great venue and Matilda’s has been warmly welcomed by the Hollywood Subiaco committee. Matilda’s continues to be held on second and fourth Sunday of every month from 2-6pm.
Pay $5 at the door and share the love of making music. It’s an ‘open mike’ session, so if you fancy singing and playing to like-minded musicians, come along and put your name on the board. Or if you just like to see and hear people who love making music, please come along. Everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday from around 4pm -6pm a group gathers for a very informal ‘jam’ session. Again, everyone is welcome.
Venue address: 42 Smyth Road, Nedlands Western Australia 6009
Enquiries: Trevor Perree 0416 968 994

29th March TBC
— Folk and Shanty Club. (Monthly, last Friday)
Albany King River Hall 7pm-10pm
“The Albany Folk & Shanty Club” is hosted by “Amity Rogues ” on the last Friday of each month. Open mic night where you are invited to sing shanties, folk, traditional, recite poetry, play some tunes…and everything in between. Admission is $5/person, $10 per family, to help pay for the hire of the hall. BYO drinks and nibbles. Free hot drinks available. Family friendly

28th March-1st April
— National Folk Festival.
https://www.folkfestival.org.au/

5-7 April 2024
— Fairbridge Festival.
FolkWorld Inc is thrilled to announce that Fairbridge Festival will return in full swing in 2024, with an exceptional new location. The three-day event, proudly supported by the Shire of Murray, will be held at the Edenvale Heritage Precinct, Pinjarra, from 5-7 April 2024, marking the first change in location since the festival began in 1993.
FolkWorld Inc. General Manager Lloyd Sabin said that after an extensive search for a pilot venue, the Shire of Murray’s proposal to use Edenvale Heritage Precinct perfectly captured the essence of the festival. “We are so excited to be holding our much-loved music festival at a fresh new location on the fringe of the Pinjarra township. We’re looking forward to bringing our long-standing Fairbridge Festival community back together again and working with the Shire of Murray and the local community and businesses of Pinjarra to make this a memorable experience,” Mr Sabin said.
“While the site will look a little different next year, we are bringing back the best of the past with an eye clearly on the future.
https://fairbridgefestival.com.au/

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

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

Sundays

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

4th of

2:30pm-5pm Jackadderscarmel@carmelcharlton.com2-6pm
2pm-6pm Matilda’s Music Club Trevor Perree 0416 968 994

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)

Every

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

Monday

1st.of

  Tuesday

Every

Wax Lyrical, Leederville

Wednesday

Every

Tunesmiths Cafe Songwriters Club. Legends Bar 6 Hislop Road, Attadale. Makk – email phone-9258 4465 or Mike – email phone – 0413 677 084

Thursday

every

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)

MONDAY
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

TUESDAY
Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au

WEDNESDAY
Marlee Morris 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact 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

THURSDAY
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

FRIDAY
Perth International Folk Dance Group, Glen Forrest Hall, cnr Statham St and Marnie Rd, Glen Forrest, Regular Dance 9.30-11am
www.perthinternationaldance.org.au

SATURDAY
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

SUNDAY
Marlee Morris 9am-noon (3rd & 4th of the Month)
Contact email: marleemorris@morris.org.au
Fair Maids of Perth North-West Morris dancing.
Meet fortnightly 1.30 to 3.30pm on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Seaward Guide Hall, 121 Monash Ave, Nedlands
Email: fantasia66@hotmail.com Phone No: 9228 4962 Web: http://fairmaidsofperth.dance
Irish Set Dancing: Last Sunday monthly, 6 pm Ken and Connie 9274 5170

Folk On Radio and TV

Mon-Fri

2:20pm & 11:20pm

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am

Monday

9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

Tuesday

1 – 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

Wednesday

6-8pm

Folk n Stuff

KCR fm

102.5 fm

8-10pm

Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm

8-10pm

Acoustic Cafe

RTR FM

92.1 fm

Friday

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

Saturday

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

RTRfm

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

7:30-9:30pm

Music Deli

ABC National

810 am

Sunday

7 – 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland

6EBA

95.3fm

WEST AUSTRALIAN FOLK FEDERATION INC.

Postal Address:
PO Box 328
INGLEWOOD WA 6932

EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com

WEBSITE: www.wafolk.org.au

ABN: 23 052 531 632