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 all its variations in Western Australia.
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It is inexpensive and helps to pay for this service.

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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.
If you have a web site please add a link from your page to ours.

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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

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 it maybe preferable to stay home and look after yourself. We don’t want these viruses spread unnecessarily, PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!

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

27th September
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (MAMC) is 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.

1st of October
— Mandurah Soiree.
Well, Surprise! Surprise!! Lusy and I have discussed the next Soiree, after many stops and starts, and we would like to make it on Saturday, the 1st of October. I plan to eventually move the regular time to the third Saturday of every month, working around some other commitments we may have, of which we will know more, by the end of September. Please bear with me on this. As it has been some time since the last Soiree, I will ask you to consider the following. The Soiree welcomes anyone who enjoys making or listening to music, regardless of their race, colour, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or ethnical origin. Please consider the beliefs, feelings and sensitivity of others and I ask you not bring these subjects up or discuss them, during our Soiree. We are here to only enjoy and create music, not use the Soiree as a platform. The subject will be “Harmony” Plenty of room for many songs there!! Starting time will be 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (approximately!) with the usual over-run for “Jamming” etc. As I now have acquired much more electronic equipment, including the ability to record songs, (I have been able to set up a small home studio, which is open to all Soiree members), I ask you to not bring your own amps, etc. as we have more than enough equipment! If you have any questions, please email or give me a call. We look forward to catching up with you all. Ian Long

30th September – 2nd October 2022
— Albany International Folk & Shanty Festival.

Friday 7th October
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm
Entry $10. Free tea, coffee, milo & biscuits provided at interval.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter ‘Murph’ Murphy at murf2murf4@gmail.com

7-9 October 2022
Music festivals – remember them? Live performance, intimate venues, late sessions, dancing, mulled wine? We’ve been working with some great international (that’s right!), Aussie, and local acts for WA’s smallest, most intimate festival which is shaping up to be one of our best yet in the beautiful Dwellingup forest.
Don’t miss out! Here’s all you have to do:
1. Save the dates: 7-9 October 2022.
2. Talk to your friends. Get your crew together and organised – we’re aiming to open ticket sales on 18 July. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know exactly when.

Friday 9th October
— Matildas Music Club. (twice Monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Singers are invited to bring their own microphones. New protocols in place if you use the one supplied.
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.

Friday 14th October
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Our next outing will be a Come-All-Ye. No amps just acoustic music. Acts put their names on a list when they arrive, 8-10 acts, 15 minutes or 3 songs whichever is shorter so we can fit it it all in. If you don’t want to perform that is fine, we like a good audience to play to.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
We would ask that if you have cold symptoms please consider staying home to recuperate rather than spreading it around.
Admission: $8 ($5 WAFF Members) Card facilities will be available.
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
If you want to play at Wanneroo Folk Club Email: Rob Oats
Web: www.wafolk.org.au
Please note the change in admission. We are sorry to have to raise the price after absorbing increasing costs for many years. To keep the club going this is a necessity.

Sat 15th October
— Perth International Dancers (PID).
Beginners class beginning Sat 15th Oct 1.30pm for 6 weeks
Dalkeith Hall, Waratah Ave, Dalkeith
We dance in a circle, as the villagers do in their Eastern European villages
2 LEFT FEET WELCOME! (we all started with 2 left feet!)
Hurry hurry! Book now!!
PID website – or Contact Pam – leave message 0402495273

Sunday 16th October
— 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.

21st October
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
A message for all our friends, supporters, audience and performers alike. The news we have been waiting for. It is confirmed that MFnBC will reopen on…FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER!
Usual time, same venue. We ask that you make note of the date, cancel everything else and attend if possible.
After being closed for what seems like an eternity, we will need your ongoing support to kick start the club again and help restore our reputation as the place to be for acoustic music on 3rd Friday’s. We have new kitchen staff promising a variety of menus month by month but a familiar and eager crew looking forward and hoping to welcome you back again.
A newsletter with full details will be posted prior to the date…
All the best from all at MFnBC.

Sunday 23rd October
— Jackadders Music Club (4th Sunday)
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

— Matildas Music Club. (twice Monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Singers are invited to bring their own microphones. New protocols in place if you use the one supplied.
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.

Friday 28th October
— Celtic Knot.
This twice postponed concert (due to Covid restrictions) is now back on!! Two wonderful Celtic trios will put on a great night of music from Scotland and Ireland. An evening of exciting traditional and contemporary Celtic music.
7.15pm bar open, concert 8.00pm
The Irish Club, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
Trio Fáilte takes Scottish fiddle and pipe music and creates unique arrangements of tunes ancient and modern. Margaret Schlink (viola & fiddle), Fiona Davidson (fiddle) and Krista Low (cello), have combined their diverse musical backgrounds of Scottish fiddle, classical and Baroque to bring a distinctive new sound to the Celtic fiddle repertoire. Reels that make you want to dance, elegant strathspeys, jigs with driving rhythms, slow expressive melodies …welcome to the music of Trio Fáilte! Their repertoire encompasses music from across Scotland, Shetland and even Brittany and Cape Breton. Trio Fáilte has performed at a number of venues and festivals in Western Australia.
The Irish Club Trio: Dympna Finch (whistle & vocals) is Perth-born to Sligo parents. She has played with bands such as Shillelagh Law, Jade, Shebeen and Down the Swanee and is a regular participant at Irish music sessions and gigs around Perth. Tommy O’Brien (guitar & vocals) comes from Co. Cork and has been living in Perth since January 2012. He plays and sings around the pubs in Perth and has performed with former trio Castagnari among others. Russell Clarke (bass guitar & vocals), originally from Belfast, has lived between Ireland and Perth on and off since 1973. He has played with several groups such as the Colonials and others over the years and also gigs around the pubs in Perth.
Tickets available from 7th October. $25 from www.trybooking.com/BWROL

— The Bay.
Info/Tickets at Eventbrite. Door entry subject to availability – cash&card.
Doors open 7pm Tickets $25, WAFF members $20.
Venue: The Function Room @ The Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club, 58 Murray St, Bayswater

29th October-20th October
— Dingo’s Breakfast – On the Road.
The Dingos Duo . . John Angliss and Roger Montgomery . . when we tour the Eastern States we swell our numbers by enlisting ‘Honourary Dingos’ to play with us (a list can be seen on our web page) for W.A we have press ganged fellow Mucky Duckers, Dave Clarke and Davey Browne into performing with us, which is excellent news . . Also . .
We have taken a lot of care with our playlists . . each show will be different from the last . . spanning three hundred years . . covering over forty odd Trad and Contemporary songs, and a score of odder poems, with only our two brand new songs and several Jack Sorensen songs/poems getting a guernsey at most gigs . . Varietal Spice. We like it.
All this and that and a great line-up to look forward to . . good one. After the vicissitudes of Covid it will be good to be back on the Road, and to catch up with old friends from our sorely missed Home State . . That’s all Folks . . Seriously looking forward to catching up with you-all . . further bulletins will be forthcoming . .

30th October
The Annual General Meetin of the West Australian Folk Federation will be held to discuss the year gone and the year to come. Nominations for places on the committe will be called for before hand, if positions are not filled by a ballot before the AGM we will call for nominations at the meeting. Only members can nominate for committee or vote at the AGM. For more info email Rob at rob.wafolk@iinet.net.au. For more info about the WAFF including becoming a member or seeing the constitution: www.wafolk.org.au

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November
— Folk in the Forest.
The festival returns for 2022 with a wonderful line up from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and WA to entertain and delight…
Tickets prices have not changed for many years now, and at least for this year will remain at $60 early bird, and if there are any left after 30 September they will go to the full price of $75. https://www.littlefolkinc.com/folk-in-the-forest.html

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

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

Marlee Morris 9am-noon (3rd & 4th of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 0400 731 049 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


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

EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com

WEBSITE: www.wafolk.org.au

ABN: 23 052 531 632