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.
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.
Tuesday 26th January
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments
— 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (08) 9756 1511
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!