WA Folk Music & Dance Calendar

WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

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.

— We want to put YOUR ACOUSTIC GIG HERE


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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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)

— Click here for Regular Song & Spoken Word events (or scroll down the page).

25th August
— Matildas Music Club (twice monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday – Check 1st)
Open mic music club.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
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.

–Perth Scottish Fiddlers (monthly – last Sunday of the month) .
Perth Scottish Fiddlers is a group of musicians who come together to play the rich and extensive violin and dance repertoire of Scotland, both traditional and contemporary. The group plays a range of music, from beautiful airs and elegant strathspeys to fast and furious reels and jigs, and their original tunes and arrangements add an Australian flavour! We learn new tunes by ear each month, hold sessions, workshops and a camp, as well as performing at a variety of venues. New fiddle and cello players are always welcome and no Scottish experience is needed! Please contact the director on mschlink@gmail.com
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Reserve, Woodlands; 2-3pm slow class, 3-5.30pm main group (welcome to stay for both).

— CARMEL CHARLTON and LYNDA MARTIN
MUSIC FOR PLEASURE CONCERT
War Memorial Hall, Cottesloe Civic Centre, 109 Broome St, Cottesloe
Time: 3pm Cost: $15 Concession $10 Tickets at door.
Singer, Songwriters and musicians Carmel Charlton and Lynda Martin have individually performed their own special style of music for many years. Now they have teamed up to bring you beautiful harmonies as they sing of W.A.’s history, heritage and environment plus covers of favourite artists including Jim Croce and Neil Young. There’ll be lots of songs to make you smile and sing-a-long. Instruments include guitar, kayboard and ukulele.
Contact carmel@carmelcharlton.com or 0412777061 for more information.

26th August
— English Music Session (normally 2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome start 7:00 pm
Irish Club, Townshend rd, Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
It is an open-to-all session – – bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

31st August
— MUSIC & MAYHEM!
Perth Scottish Fiddlers is turning 10!
Join us for our annual evening of Music and Mayhem celebrating and sharing the wonderful lively fiddle and dance music of Scotland.
Perth Scottish Fiddlers will have your toes tapping to the jigs, reels and strathspeys of the wonderful music of Scotland. And there will be ceilidh dancing! Bring your friends and your dancing shoes for an evening of fun and enjoyment. No experience needed – just enthusiasm!
Perth Scottish Fiddlers is a group of musicians who come together to play the rich and extensive violin and dance repertoire of Scotland, both traditional and contemporary. Comprising fiddles, cellos, bass, piano and guitar, the group plays a range of music, from beautiful airs and elegant strathspeys to fast and furious reels and jigs. The group’s original tunes and arrangements add an Australian flavour.
7.30pm Saturday August 31st, doors open 7.00pm
Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Tickets $20, School students and children free. www.trybooking.com/BEAGF
www.facebook.com/PerthScottishFiddlers | www.perthscottishfiddlers.com.au

Friday 6th September 2019
— HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
Hills Folk Club will feature ‘Numguts Bush Band’ one of Australia’s premier bush bands on Friday 6th September. This will be a presentation of Numguts fine musicianship, vocal harmonies and good fun which always draws great acclaim in the UK.
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. This is a fundraiser for the Club so a $10 entry charge will apply.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter Murphy: murf2murf4@gmail.com

Sunday 8th September
— Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly, 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Open mic music club. We are having another of our famous BBQs after the session, entry $5, BBQ $5…starts as usual 2pm.
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.

— Contra Dance (Monthly)
The dancing is 2-5pm
St Margaret’s Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
Contra dance is a great chance to meet new people and get some exercise set to amazing music from our live Mega band. An American version of a bush dance, or Ceilidh the dances are easy enough for beginners to join in immediately but varied enough to keep experts interested (with plenty of space for improvisation so bring your best Cajun/tango/? moves) Bring a water bottle, wear light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Or just come and listen to the great music and watch the swirling dancers.
We usually meet on the Second Sunday of the month, but for exact dates check www.facebook.com/perthcontra (you should not need to have a facebook account to see this page)
More info: Alison Scott ex.carrot@gmail.com 0426 410 561

Monday 9th September
— SHANTY CLUB (2nd Monday monthly)
at 19:30 Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
The irresistable song of the Siren calls you back to the SHANTY CLUB. First the Shanteasers and now She Shants. There’s a revolution going on! or… is it a mutiny? Of course the Lost Quays will manfully weather the storm and try to keep the shanty club ship on an even keel. What could go wrong? Come on down to Clancy’s for a rollicking good evening of shanties. Community singing at its best! All are welcome.

— English Music Session (normally 2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome start 7:00 pm
Irish Club, Townshend Rd, Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
It is an open-to-all session – – bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
Elwyn reminded me that we would revisit Prescot Clock and Flirtation Hornpipe. A new (to our session) tune to have a go at is Morpeth Rant, an excellent Northumbrian tune. http://www.folktunefinder.com/tunes/176958 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTuf6bDf09o
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Friday 13th September
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Folk/blues journeyman Craig Sinclair returns to WA for a run of shows in September in support of his sixth recording ‘Is This Goodbye’. His latest release reflects a decade-long process of writing and recording. His lyrical slide guitar playing and songs of miners, road-wanderers, peace-searchers and fools in love give a respectful nod to the greats of the blues and folk traditions, including Blind Willie Johnson, Jeff Lang and Kelly Joe Phelps. For this show at the Wanneroo Folk Club, Craig is joined by Torbay-based violinist and tunesmith Jude Iddison. See www.craigsinclair.com.au for album release information, tour dates and more.
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Saturday 14th September
— Folk In Mandurah
The next Soiree will be held at Bill Hardy’s house in Port Kennedy, on Saturday the 14th of September, usual starting time 2.30pm etc. The theme will be “Rain”. As always the theme is not mandatory, but advisory only.
The Soiree after that will be on Saturday, 5th October due to Namaga Music Festival on our normal Saturday, the theme is “Planets”(Gustav Holtz need not apply!!)
As always, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, starting at 2.30pm and finishing about 5.00pm, with the usual 30 minute break in the middle for drinks, nibbles etc . Tell your friends, even if they just wish to come along to listen.
contact: dueout2005@yahoo.com Hope to see you there.

Sunday 15th September
— Jackadder’s Music Club
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free (WAFF members half price)
Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.

16 September
— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
Music: Carus Thompson (WA) Spoken word: TBC
Bookings and info at the supperclub website –https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
Dome Cafe, Railway Parade, Maylands WA
Enquiries 0414 862 306 jcornes@iinet.net.au
6.45 pm Guests seated • 7 pm Spoken word • 7.30 pm Dinner • 8.15 pm Music • 9 pm Coffee

Thursday 19th September
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
The focus of this club is sharing acoustic music together, growing creatively, and later perhaps performing community service. Acoustic instrumentalists of all levels, ages, and styles (folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, etc.) are surely welcome and encouraged. Poets, dancers, singers, story-tellers also welcome. Generally the format will be a sing-around the circle with everyone getting a chance to add a song or performance. Then learning a new song together.
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

Friday 20th September 2019
— Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
Doors open 6.45pm with show start of 7.30pm. Bar and food available and the usual gang in attendance.
Check out the website – http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

23rd September
— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
Craig Sinclair and Lara Norman (https://www.facebook.com/craigsinclairmusic/) are playing the monthly Maylands Supper Club series on Monday September 23rd, as part of an album launch tour for new album ‘Is This Goodbye’. If you’re after delicious food, poetry and spoken word (Julie Watts opening artist) and fine acoustic music in an intimate house concert vibe with a listening audience then please join us for this special evening.
Bookings and info: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
Supperclub is a not for profit endeavour and all monies go back to the artists. A definitely for profit endeavour is a yoga and creative writing retreat I’m co-facilitating in northern NSW this July – on the offchance you have contacts there who may be interested, more info here: https://www.kathryn-riding.com/winter-yoga-and-writing-retreat-at-gymea.html
Bookings and info at the supperclub website –https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
Dome Cafe, Railway Parade, Maylands WA
Enquiries 0414 862 306 jcornes@iinet.net.au
6.45 pm Guests seated • 7 pm Spoken word • 7.30 pm Dinner • 8.15 pm Music • 9 pm Coffee

Friday 27 September 2019
— Mardae Selepak House Concert
Really delighted to be able to present one of the best guitarist’s you’d be likely to hear up close and personal.
Please join us for an end-of-winter evening – Mardae Selepak will be supported by Trio Failte – some lovely strings.
And please feel free to share this invitation with your friends.
7pm for a 7:30 start $25 entry. Bookings essential, for more info contact Mel & Mark at mellie1@iinet.net.au

Saturday 28th September
— Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Very excited to have Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas back in Perth for a string workshop and concert on Saturday 28th September so this is an early warning to mark your calendars so that you don’t miss out on hearing these world class players.
On their last visit to Perth at the Perth Town Hall the audience was blown away by the skill and enthusiasm of these wonderful players and Alasdair and Natalie indicated that concert was the highlight of their toutr of Australia and are really keen to be back in the same venue.
All details of the workshop and concert will be posted nearer the time but for now, especially as it is the start of the school holidays, make sure you put it on your calendars – what a way to start the holiday!!

Saturday 5th October
— Folk In Mandurah
The Soiree has been bought forward a week due to Namaga Music Festival on our normal Saturday, the theme is “Planets”(Gustav Holtz need not apply!!)
As always, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, starting at 2.30pm and finishing about 5.00pm, with the usual 30 minute break in the middle for drinks, nibbles etc . Tell your friends, even if they just wish to come along to listen.
Contact: ilo78333@bigpond.net.au. Hope to see you there.

Friday 11th October
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Featured artists: Gina Wiliams & Guy Ghouse and Loaded Dog. (set this date appart it is going to be a heck of a night)
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

11-13 OCTOBER
— NANGA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ticket sales are now open to the public, which means it’s time to announce Nanga Music Festival’s first two headline acts, THE HILLBILLY GOATS and KINGS AND QUEENS!
Festival favourites and Golden Guitar Finalists, TheHillbilly Goats aren’t just a band – they’re a “show” featuring stories and song combined with hard fiddle, fast harmonica, clogging, bones and big harmonies. Read all about them here.
Walking the fine line between traditional British Folk and Americana, Kings and Queens weave rich guitar with haunting harmonies, telling tales of life, death and the journey between. Read more here.
Watch this space for artist announcements, special discount offers and more!
Special Earlybird prices will last just two weeks, after that it’s regular priced tickets till the festival. So if you have some friends who are thinking about coming, now’s the time to paint them a picture and get them coming along. Ticket sales here.
http://www.nangamusic.org.au/

23-30 October
— Events with Jane
Week-long songwriting retreat in Bali. We stay in lovely villas with their own pools. Brenda is coming to this one, too, to teach us about voice care. www.juicecreativ.com

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

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

Sundays

2nd of

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512
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

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512

5pm-8pm Perth Folk and Roots Club
Mount Lawley Bowling Club, Corner Storthes & Rookwood Street, Mount Lawley

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

Supper Club: Dome Cafe, Railway Pde, 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

Tuesday

Every

Wax Lyrical, Leederville

Wednesday

Every

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

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
Souleiado French Dance Group, Children after school, Nedlands, (08)63890767
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 7-10 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
Hora Shalom Dance – Dances of Israel, 7.15 – 9.15p.m. www.horashalom.org.au

WEDNESDAY
Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
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: 8.00 pm. Jan Pittman 9574 6671
Souleiado French Dance Group, Adults 7pm, Nedlands, 6389 0767
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

FRIDAY
Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am
www.perthinternationaldance.org.au
Fair Maids of Perth. Meet fortnightly on Fridays at 7pm in the Guide Hall in Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Email: fairmaidsperth@gmail.com

SATURDAY
Hora Shalom Dance – Dances of Israel, 10am – 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm www.horashalom.org.au
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly

SUNDAY
Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220
www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
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

Folk4All

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
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