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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

— Click here for Regular Song & Spoken Word events (or scroll down the page).

PLEASE NOTE
There are more and more venues cancelling or postponing their events due to COVID-19.
To avoid disappointment and unnecessary travelling please check with the event before going.
To date some of the clubs are still running but check first and if they are open please try to support the music that is still out there.
Those that I have heard are NOT running for now are:
Wanneroo Folk Club * Matildas * Monday Supperclub * Mundaring Folk & Blues
Fairbridge Festival * Nukara Festival * Jackadders Music Club * Perth Interntional Dancers – Marius Ursu workshop
Suspects Singers Club * Scottish Fiddlers * Contra Dance * English Music Session
Denmark FOV *
I have removed all entries for these venues until further notice.
There are probably more but they haven’t contacted me at this stage. If you know of any others please get them to email me ASAP.
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 and take some hand sanitiser and 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 so don’t be like the 72yo western suburbs person who attended a large gathering after being tested. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!

Friday 3rd April
— HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter Murphy: murf2murf4@gmail.com

Saturday 4th April
— Folk In Mandurah
Starting time will be at 2.30pm finishing about 5.00, with a break at about 3.30. Those wishing to perform or attend can register by emailing: ilo78333@bigpond.net.au.
contact: ilo78333@bigpond.net.au. Hope to see you there.

April 15th
— Six Degrees presents Craig Sinclair with The Wayward Earls
Sydney based, ex-Albany singer/songwriter Craig Sinclair‘s album “Is This Goodbye,” was recorded predominantly in Albany using a number of very talented local musicians. We at Six Degrees, are stoked to host Craig when he returns to Albany on Wednesday April 15th to perform the album live in its entirety using the musicians who played on the original studio recordings.
Special guests for the evening are local blues/folk legends The Wayward Earls featuring, Peter Grayling, Rod Vervest, Bob Lipinski and Dave Rastrick, along with violinist extraordinaire Jude Iddison.
As this is a Wednesday night event [straight after Easter weekend] we will be commencing the show at the earlier that usual time of 7.30pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/506024266782625/
Tickets will be on sale at the door for $15 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/

Thursday 16th April
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
If any of you out there would like to lead a song, just write or volunteer on the night. It is maybe a bit daunting for some but taking a turn at this is really a good experience. It also certainly helps our club.
7:30 PM – True North Compass Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa (entrance off Jenolan Way)
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

22-30 April
— Festival of Small Halls
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.
Colin Lillie (AUS) is one of a kind – this you discover within moments of hearing the “Gypsy Scotsman” and proud adopted Territorian share his song. Beyond that, what’s truly special about Lillie is his passion for life and music. Capturing the kind of intensity that Colin has on an album or a live performance is something that every musician aspires to. Whether it’s because of past experiences, a knack for songwriting, his powerful voice or a combination of these things. What remains true is that every time Colin Lillie picks up a guitar and sings something special happens – the passion shines through, and the music becomes real.
Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. The youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de) With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona, a mere 22 years of age, has toured throughout the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Canada and has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the World Premiere of Disney Pixar’s Brave in Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Released in 2019, Dark Turn of Mind is Iona’s first EP entirely in English and features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire and has been described as “a new interpretation to the country genre” – Maverick.
Shows:
Northam, 22 April 2020
Dalwallinu, April 23rd
Morawa, 24 April 2020
Seabird, 25 April 2020
Lancelin, 26 April 2020
Kalgoorlie, 29 April 2020
Esperance, 30 April 2020
Tickets from here More info at: https://festivalofsmallhalls.com/current-tours/autumn-2020-fairbridge-and-beyond/

Saturday 23 May,
— Archie Roach
‘Tell Me Why’ The Final Round: 1990-2020. Featuring Paul Grabowksy
7:30pm Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce Perth WA 6000
From stolen child and teenage alcoholic to musical icon, social activist and First Nations leader, Archie Roach’s compelling story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music.
30 years after the release of his two-time ARIA Award winning album Charcoal Lane (1990), Tell Me Why is an intimate and moving musical journey through Roach’s life. The work features seminal songs from his back catalogue, influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs.
Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Emma Donovan.
Don’t miss Archie Roach’s last EVER national tour, a spectacular concert celebrating Roach’s eponymous memoir and latest album.

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