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.

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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

PLEASE NOTE There are some conditions in place due to COVID-19 for venues around WA. Please try to support the music that is out there to entertain you.
Please note that we don’t see all events on Facebook so if you know of or ar running an event send info to me as well.
The Performing arts people are hurting badly right now and need your support.
In light of the current COVID-19 issue We 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 now need to keep a register of attendees. This is mandatory so please don’t complain to the organisers and give all the details required, better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly register.

January 15th (3rd Friday)
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.
It is with huge relief & thanks to the Sports Club that we are able to recommence our events and, God willing, will continue without further interruptions to our program this year, which is already looking extraordinary. Those performing for us on our opening night, together with those confirmed for the next few months, all suffered cancelled bookings with MFnBC in 2020, so we are pleased to offer them the first opportunity to return in 2021. WILL ALL PERFORMERS on our books please note; Those acts cancelled will be offered “first cab off the rank” … that’s only fair. As always, rest assured, we will endeavour to include new acts to the program as and when it’s possible.
PATRONS, please be aware of the WA covid-safe requirement for venues. The phone app’ will speed entry but a manual sign in will also be available.
Also, we have new volunteers catering for us so please be patient if you have to wait an extra minute or two for your food…I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
And now, to the acts.
1. Our own Ben Bulla & Chris Woodward. (stage manager & sound tech, respectively) All club regulars will be familiar with this pair individually but they combine for the first time to present a mixture of “forgotten & more contemporary folk songs” which they are hoping to remember. A blast from the not-too-distant past…….
2. “DUALITY” Featuring the man behind the Wanneroo Folk Club, Mr. John Ralph & son Joe, two thirds of the Irish trio Emerald who are now playing Perth venues. At my request (something I rarely do) they will be offering us the opportunity to shake off our vocal cobwebs and join in a familiar song or two. Hopefully, we will “raise the roof” in the traditional manner of folk clubs and bring people together in song. Your participation is expected
3. Mr. Peter Bugden. Over the twenty odd years this young man has graced the MFnBC stage, perhaps a book has been written on his prowess as a performer. But here’s my chance to add my own preface …… As a long established & respected member of Perth’s folk scene & a club favourite, his comedic antics are hard to beat & the likes of which are becoming harder to find. Having performed at major festival events Australia wide, both solo and with the ‘Firkins’, Peter never disappoints.
4. Helen Townsend and Shannon Smith. Helen Townsend, the singer / song writer & “country girl” from Freo, who began her journey as a solo performer, now combines folk / country rock with the guitar & vocals of Shannon Smith. This adds yet another dimension to Helen’s original & award winning songs. As a relative newcomer to performance (2011), the release of her album “Little Lover”, saw her recognised as WAMI’s emerging artist for 2019, & included single of the year.Together, Helen and Shannon completed two tours of the Eastern States prior to Covid restrictions and have been fortunate enough to maintain performances at outdoor venues in Perth during most of 2020. Helen last appeared at MFnBC in 2017. As the first act, which we were forced to cancel in March 2020, we are now pleased to see her return with Shannon for our opening night in 2021.
We look forward to meeting with you all again.
As per usual, we have LIMITED capacity and refusing entry is never an envious task. Doors will open at 6.45pm. First come, best dressed.

Sunday 24th January
— 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.

Tuesday 26th January
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

1st February
— Supperclub 2021.
Hi Supperclubbers. Happy New Year and let’s hope it’s a better one! As most of you know, Neilo and I are moving to Brisbane in mid March, but we have a few Supperclub events up our collective sleeves before we go….
1 February: Rose Parker returns to share her beautiful music, with David Hyams.
15 February: Susgala, which features the dulcet tones of Michelle, Phil and Dave. Another lovely bunch of coconuts for you to enjoy.
8 March: Helen Shanahan, a supperclub fave, fresh from having her first baby.
A link to tickets, and a copy of the current menu, are to be found here: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
I will not be completely giving up Supperclub and hope (Covid allowing) to continue occasional events when I’m visiting Perth – I’ll keep you in the loop about these as and when they are scheduled.

Friday 5th February
— Hills Folk Club.
We will endeavour to follow the Covid rules as well and provide hand sanitiser at the door and a list of people attending.
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry

Friday 12th February
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Feature artist will be the Rambling Bilbies. They have been playing concerts and bush dances around WA at festivals, folk/music clubs, parties etc etc. Here is a chance to catch them in the intimate Wanneroo Folk Club. They will be playing a few of the less played songs from their Album Tread Softly plus other songs and tunes. The Bilbies are Rob Oats on guitar and vocals, Jill Oats on Flute, clarinet, vocals, Amanda Myers on Fiddle & Mandolin.
There will be the floor spots as usual. If you want a spot contact John Ralph.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
You will need to COVID register at the door
Admission will be $10 ($8 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

26 February – 1 March 2021
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
We’re on! We are feeling so excited and so relieved to be gearing up for Nannup Music Festival 2021, our 32nd year. I’m sure you are feeling as excited as we are and ready to have some quality time together, listen to some fantastic music and immerse in a wonderful weekend. It’s been a strange few months since we were last together and it really feels a blessing that we get to share in some joy and wonder again.
Programming felt strange this year, no idea if we would get to go ahead, nor who would be able to join us, so the focus has been a full Australian line up, with a strong WA collection (just gotta say, how great is our music here in WA?). There are some great acts from outside of WA who are feeling hopeful to be able to join us, this – just like everything these days – could potentially change at any moment. So let’s just keep an eye on the borders and if they can come, how awesome that will be. However, if not possible, there are many incredible acts still hopeful to join us, so we will be able to announce a second lineup release. For now, please check the website when we go live on the 1st of November to see the wonderful mix.
There will be some small changes to 2021, but luckily it’s looking much the same as what our festival is known and loved for. Your safety and comfort is our focus; we will be accommodating any changes needed so that we can all pop into a weekend of discovery, a bubble of love. To see a glimpse of the world we once knew, to again celebrate together feels like a dream.
Here’s a glimpse of some of our awesome WA acts:
CARLA GENEVE, SIOBHAN COTCHIN, JACK DAVIES, VERGE COLLECTION, THE FLOORS, TOM FISHER & THE LAYABOUTS, THE NOMADICS, THE JUSTIN WALSHE FOLK MACHINE.
Ticket sales open on november 1st
Due to no cover for pandemics and the fear we all have of another shut down, we have set the tickets to be 90% refundable if we have to cancel due to Covid-19. This cancellation retainment is only Covid-19 related and only if unavoidable; our primary concern is that we are all safe. You will be assured of a 90% refund. The 10% that we retain will be to ensure contractors, artists, etc, are paid their needed retainer – if not their full contracted rate. More info and pricing soon.
Stall Applications: Food and market stall applications open on 9th November 2020 and forms will be available on our website. Volunteers: Volunteer applications for the 2021 festival, will open in December.
More info: email: info@nannupmusicfestival.org
Phone: (08) 9756 1511
Web: nannupmusicfestival.org

9-11 April 2021
— Fairbridge Festival.
One of the best things about Fairbridge Festival is that there truly is something for everyone here. We have a massive lineup of artists and performers, from all corners of the globe to right here in our own back yard. Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Fairbridge Village, the festival site is divided up into a few precincts, to cater for everyone from 1 year olds up to 100 year olds! Over the three days, there is an abundance of music, dance, free workshops, crafts, market stalls, delicious food, street theatre, comedy, in-conversation, jam sessions and so much more! Let us show you some of the venues on site that are home to the magic!
https://www.fairbridgefestival.com.au/

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

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
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)

Every

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

Monday

1st.of

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

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, 7:15pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Corner Elizabeth and Tyrell Streets, Nedlands. 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
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

THURSDAY
Kalamunda SCDS: 7.30 pm at Jack Healey Centre. Bill Head 0417 963 058
Souleiado French Dance Group, Adults 7pm, Nedlands, 6389 0767
Rockingham SCDS: 7.30 pm Gale Tamplin 9593 5738
St Stephens SCDS: 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, Glen Forrest 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
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 10:15-12:15 at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Corner Elizabeth and Tyrell Streets, Nedlands. Jenny 9381 5235
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly

SUNDAY
Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm 0422 718 220 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
Marlee Morris 7–9 PM (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

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

ABN: 23 052 531 632