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.


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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

Thursday 23rd,24th-26th May
The Irish Club Perth. 61 Townshend Rd Subiaco 7-9 pm
Come along for a night of jigs, reels, highlands, slow airs, anecdotes, original compositions and of coarse the wonderful and unique voice of Kate. Rob and Kate have played together many times over east but this is Kate’s first time playing in WA.
Kate is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music producer with two decades’ experience on the international folk music circuit. Kate has long collaborated with Ruth Hazleton and with the band Trouble in the Kitchen and has recently joined forces with Luke Plumb to record arrangements of traditional songs inspired by the 1970’s folk revival. Kate has recorded with many artists including Judy Small and David Ross McDonald (The Waifs), has twice toured Ireland with renowned Irish folk singer Andy Irvine, and has appeared as a vocal soloist at the Sydney Opera House for a season of Bush Babies’ Proms. Kate wrote and performed music for the soundtrack of documentary Being Change by filmmaker Toni Houston, which has been broadcast as an episode of ABC’s Compass series. Two of Kate’s albums have been named as Folk Album of the Year by the National Film and Sound Archive, and her two latest releases with Trouble in the Kitchen and Luke Plumb & The Circuit were nominated for the 2018 Age Music Victoria Award for Best Folk/Roots Album.
Robert grew up in Perth Western Australia where he was taught to play by ear by his mentors, Mick Doherty and Sean Doherty (no relation). Mick came from a long line of travelling fiddle players, storytellers and tinsmiths from Donegal. His uncle, the renowned Johnny Doherty featured on Ireland’s RTE documentary The Fiddler On The Road. At age seventeen Robert moved to Ireland and spent fourteen years on the west coast, learning and immersing himself in the traditional music of the older players. He met and played with musicians including P.J. and Martin Hayes and spent ten years with one of his most loved mentors Andy Davey, father of Junior Davey and master of the Sligo style. Robert taught for three years at the Galway School of Traditional Irish Music and in the year 2000 he won Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddle Player of the Year Award. He has toured in both the USA and Europe and played at Fairbridge Festival, The National Folk Festival, Turning Wave Festival, and the Fly By Night Musicians Club. He has been a guest soloist with The Perth Symphony Orchestra, and The New Palm Court Orchestra. He has just returned from a ten day tour with The New Palm Court Orchestra, during which he was invited to play his original compositions arranged for solo violin and chamber ensemble in the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2013 Robert and Mick Doherty recorded their debut album Out West released by the National Library of Australia to preserve the musical legacy of Mick’s family. Rob, a highly regarded luthier, continues to teach fiddle and in April 2018 released his debut album The Day Dawn. www.robertzielinskimusic.com
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/ $20 on the door We are also playing Fri 24th Bridgetown, Sat 25th Dunsborough, Sun 26th Margaret River. Will post details soon….

23-26 May
— Events with Jane
Four day performance skills, singing and songwriting retreat at Banksia Springs, Dwellingup with me and Brenda Chapman. Suitable for all levels of musicality. www.juicecreativ.com

Sunday 26th May 2019
— WAFF Special EGM
Attention to all WAFF members Due to changes to the rules and regulations that the government has thrust upon all Not for porfit groups we need to revamp our constituition. Since this needs to be done before June 30th we need to hold a Extra General Meeting to vote on the varations that are required to be put into the document. A notice is being sent out via email to all financial memnbers since only those are alowed to vote. Included in the notice will be a copy of the changes and the address for the EGM.

26th May
— 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).

— Bluegrass Parkway.
Rodney’s Bait n Tackle 17:00-19:00 598 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park, Western Australia
Australia’s most entertaining and experienced bluegrass band playing authentic bluegrass music in 1940s style. Bluegrass Parkway has just celebrated its 29th anniversary and since the early part of 1994, they have performed around a single microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre. With strong four part harmonies as well as some pretty fancy footwork.

27th May
— 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

Saturday 1st of June
— Folk In Mandurah
Our next Soiree will be at our house, on the 1st of June, starting at 2.30pm and finishing about 5.00pm, with the usual 30 minute break in the middle for drinks, nibbles etc . The subject is pictures, photos, movies etc, in fact anything to do with the visual arts, even by oblique reference. Tell your friends, even if they just wish to come along to listen. Please register by sending your name and the items you would like to perform to this email address: ilo78333@bigpond.net.au At the end of each week, I will send out a list of performers and items to avoid duplication of songs, etc.

31 May – 3 June 2019
— Denmark Festival of Voice
Unveiling our Program
Honouring the United Nations 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages, DFoV is proud to feature a variety of Indigenous voices across this year’s program, including a special one hour Noongar-directed Opening ceremony as well as Noongar voices throughout the weekend. These include Dr. Richard Walley, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, as well as two Monday concerts featuring Gina, Guy and Russell Homes performing a Noongar Song Cycle ‘Koorlangka’ with the WA Symphony Orchestra String Quartet.
Other Aboriginal Australian acts include Mary G, Emily Wurramara Trio, Brownley Gospel Singers and the Mission Songs Project. The weekend also features voices from other Indigenous peoples now living in Australia; Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan), Co-cheòl (Celtic), Muqam Rak (Uyghur), to name a few.
Experience the power of voice and the beauty of collective song with amazing guest Dr Ysaye Maria Barnwell, former member of the black American women’s gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock. Ysaye will lead her Building a Vocal Community® workshops at the 2019 Big Sing as well as giving a presentation on ‘Spirituals’. Special sing-a-longs feature the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus in an open rehearsal of the works of John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Parry’s Jerusalem. Also on the bill is the Albany Sinfonia presenting a performance of light opera/musical theatre, and a workshop around Les Miserables.
For the classical music lovers, the festival also offers many listening opportunities. The Friday evening concert features the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus presenting Scandinavian/Estonian choral works of Arvo Part, Ola Gjeilo and others. Denmark Baroque is presenting early baroque choral music by female composers, and Giovanni Consort will offer a program of music for upper voices from the 11th to 21st century.
The Denmark Festival of Voice is an intimate festival, held every year over the WA Day long weekend in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia. Every year hundreds of people come together to watch, listen, learn, laugh, share their stories and sing their hearts out.
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June 1-2
— Warralakin
Blow the cobwebs out …. head up to Nungarin on June 1-3 – great wheatbelt town ….Warralakin are at the Woolshed Pub!!! …Workin’ Not Drinkin’…well not much …. Great Australian Music!!
Come and hear songs of Western Australia and some favourites by father and son duo Phil & Josh Gray. Phil is a singer/songwrtier & bush poet. Josh is a gun guitarist and Double bass player
contact Phil Gray on 0404629 125 or https://www.facebook.com/warralakin/

Friday, 7 June 2019
— Cheiftain’s Ceilidh
Hosted by The St Andrew Society of Western Australia from 19:00-00:00
Scarborough Sports and Community Club, 75 Deanmore Road, Scarborough, Western Australia 6019
Tickets · $60-$70 www.trybooking.com Friends! Autumn is finally settling upon Perth, which of course can only mean one thing – it’s Ceilidh time! So brush the dust off your dancing shoes and get your kilt out of mothballs and let’s get ready to rumble!
Please park in one of the two car parks off Deanmore Road, not in the area in front of the clubhouse, which is for members. — HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry.
Contact Peter Murphy: murf2murf4@gmail.com

Sunday 9th June
— 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 10th June
— 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).
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Friday 15th June 2019
— Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
Usual food beverages and crew will be in attendance. See you there!
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

Sunday 16th June
— Jackadder’s Music Club
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.

Thursday 20th June
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
7:30PM until about 10:00PM
True North Compass Building Childcare Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa, Western Australia (parking lot entrance: Jenolan Way)
Please keep spreading the word about Merriwa, and as always, maybe bring your musical friends along.
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

Monday 24th June — Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
Music: Ribs (Georgina Cramond) (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
Book Here

12-15 July
— Events with Jane
Four day yoga and writing retreat in Yuki, NSW at GYMEA with me and the best yoga teacher i know, Kathryn Ridingj. Gymea is a beautiful retreat space in the rainforest. www.juicecreativ.com

Friday 14th June
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Guest artis will be Raelene Bruisma Duo…more info soon
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, Dugdale St,Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.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)

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


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)


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



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



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)

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

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

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

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

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 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
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220
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




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
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