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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

24th May
— 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.

Friday 27th May
— The Bay.
The Bay Music Club presents – An evening at the Grand Ole’ Opry and Music Hall.
Heading the bill – Bluegrass Parkway. Over three decades of touring and countless concert performances have combined to strengthen the band’s reputation as Australia’s most highly credentialed and experienced bluegrass band. Bluegrass Parkway will take you on a musical time-trip to an era ?when instruments were acoustic and skills were gained by playing, practising and working with older, wiser mentors. ?When they gather around a single a single microphone, they are utilising an almost lost technique whereby soloists move closer to the microphone to heard and then back away. Incorporating strong three and four part harmonies, the group bring classic bluegrass songs to life without an auto-tuner in sight. Whether it be the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and the Stanley Brothers or material closer to the ‘cutting edge’, Bluegrass Parkway will thrill you with great picking, strong harmonies and fancy footwork!
Supported by Jim McGuire. With a long history in music starting as lead guitarist and vocalist with some of Scotland’s top rock groups and showbands, Jim has expanded his musical interests and repertoire to include traditional Scottish and Irish music, Blues, Jazz and Opera. Jim performs solo and with his band Jimjam, in addition to Numguts Bush Band and Maggie’s Delight Celtic band. He also tours internationally each year and in USA performs with the Trouba Troubadours band from Minnesota. With five albums under his belt Jim is planning an all-original album with Jimjam due for release in late 2022.
Maggie’s Delight Celtic band. Maggie’s Delight is a trio of highly accomplished musicians specialising in songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Shetland Isles. Sure to delight the most discerning audience, Maggie’s Delight is the perfect choice for concerts, pubs, parties, corporate events and anywhere people enjoy top class performance and the irresistible urge to get up and dance. In addition to Jim McGuire Maggie’s Delight is Rebecca Lodge – Fiddle and Vocals, A classically trained violinist who has performed in various orchestras in America and Australia, Becky entered the folk scene 10 years ago, performing at Fairbridge International Folk Festival and agricultural shows and has never looked back. Becky has recently become hooked on Celtic music bringing glamour and class to the trio with her outstanding fiddle playing and lovely vocals. Kevin Saunders – Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin, Melodion A legend of the WA folk music scene Kevin is well known for his ability to play almost anything on a variety of instruments. You hum it – he’ll play it. Also famous for his unique performance of songs and tunes that make you want to dance and sing. Kevin is also a member of the international touring Numguts Bush Band.
The venue is the function hall of Bayswater Bowling Club, 58 Murray St. Bayswater. A cosy cabaret setting with food and bar.
Doors open 7pm. Tickets on Eventbrite $25. WAFF members $20 https://www.eventbrite.com.au Door sales subject to availability.

Friday 3rd June 2022
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
We look forward to all meeting at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com

Sat 4th June 2022
— RHYTHMS Of The OUTBACK.
Warralakin Music are playing their RHYTHMS Of The OUTBACK concert at the Bindoon Town Hall 6080 Gt Northern Hwy Bindoon
Time: Doors open 6.30 for 7pm start
Phil & Josh Gray are Warralakin
Come to hear songs of Western Australia and some all time favourites by this father & son duo.
Phil is a singer, song-writer & bush poet and Josh is a gun guitarist & double bass player.
Camping Available
Tickets $10 at the door or online at warralakinmusic@gmail.com
Contact Phil Gray 0404 629 125
Hear the music … Listen to the stories .. Smell the dust …..

4-5 June 2022
— The Denmark Festival of Voice .
Established in 2003, The Denmark Festival of Voice is not your average music festival. Held in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia, the festival is one of only two dedicated vocal festivals in Australia. The festival explores diversity, celebrating voices from near and far and those from the edge. Music is only one part of the program alongside storytelling, spoken word, poetry and experimental performance. So what ties this seemingly disparate program together? This carefully and lovingly curated festival seeks more than just high quality acts and beautiful singers from all walks of life. It seeks meaning, many meanings. From the ancient and the enduring, to the avant garde and the ‘as yet unknown’, universal and personal. This festival is about inspiration, designed to fill your creative cup with energy and ideas and the weekend offers an immersion experience of active engagement balanced with incredible audience experiences.
What originally started as a festival for community choirs, the Denmark Festival of Voice has grown into a high quality experience that has a strong focus on diversity, authenticity and originality. The festival is now under the cultural guidance of Noongar Elders and includes a Noongar Opening Ceremony on the Friday evening. The festival highlights the hidden voices surrounding us and is more than music, words, language and story and has been called by one guest “a finely woven fabric with the thread bringing it together being an abiding focus on the power and beauty of the human voice”. https://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/

Friday 10th June
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Craig Sinclair combines timeless folk story-telling with a lyrical fingerstyle acoustic and slide guitar style, to craft a mesmerising and uniquely Australian blues sound. Using a rich musical canvas ranging from whimsical ragtime to evocative open-tuned textures, these songs weave character, place and poetry, shaking the dirt from our chequered history and finding a way forward. In a special run of intimate shows this June, Craig’s songs are complimented by the exquisite sounds of acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and producer David Hyams (Miles to Go Band, The Human Highway).
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Wearing of masks is voluntary. While checks are not required anymore we would ask that if you have cold symptons please consider staying home to recuperate rather than spreading it around.
Admission: $10 ($8 for 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

Sunday 12th & 26th June
— 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.

Monday 12th June
— Monday Supperclub .
Music & spoken word: At next month’s Supperclub, Craig Sinclair, visiting from the Eastern States, joins forces with Dave Hyams to provide us with an evening of superb entertainment. Some of you may remember April of last year when Little Folk took over from Jane Cornes, the Craig Sinclair Trio treated us to a great ‘sold-out’ gig. They’ve all been sold-out since and we expect June to be the same. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start Dinner served 7.30pm Music performance 8.15pm to 9.00pm Check the details and book on the website https://www.littlefolkinc.com and go to the Supperclub page.
Remember, Supperclub is a BYO event. Bottle shop next door and another across the railway.

17th June
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday) cancelled
Following an enormously successful year in 2021 the MFnBC committee are saddened to advise that we have taken what is possibly the most difficult decision we have ever taken. Due to the increasing infection numbers in the community, among performers and the resulting effect on attendance numbers suffered this year we are left with no option other than to postpone events until further notice. (September being suggested.)
In the interim, try to keep music live, look forward to better days and look for further updates from MFnBC. Stay safe everybody and all the very best to you all.
The crew at MFnBC.

SUNDAY 19th June
— 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.

— Jackadders Music Club (3rd Sunday)
Cancelled due to COVID requirements.
VENUE: Perth Horse and Pony Club, Jon Sanders Drive, Herdsman (turn into Herdsman lake at Selby St North sign)
COST: Adults, $12 Children free
TIME: 2.30 – 5PM
COST: $12 Adults (WAFF discount) Children free.
For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com

Saturday 16th July
— Folk In Mandurah (generally 3rd Sunday every 2nd Month TBC)
As soon as we can we intend to make it the third Saturday of every second month, in order to get back to our original plan. I intend to have a complete calendar for 2022 set up for your approval by the end of March. Thanks to all of you for your patience, and your good wishes-see you soon!
There is no door charge, or membership fee, most of the new performers are recommended by current acts, and are invited to come along.
Being a private house, we are limited to about 20 to 25 people, some of whom stay on after the formal programme for what has become a regular event – the evening sing along, jam session, and general discussion on instrument techniques, new songs etc.
Ian and Lusy Long ilo78333@bigpond.net.au.

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

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
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

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 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

FRIDAY
Perth International Folk Dance Group, Glen Forrest Hall, cnr Statham St and Marnie Rd, Glen Forrest, Regular Dance 9.30-11am
www.perthinternationaldance.org.au

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, 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

SUNDAY
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

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

Folk n Stuff

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