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.


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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

There are some venues and events re-starting with conditions in place due to COVID-19.
To avoid disappointment and unnecessary travelling please check with the event before going.
Please try to support the music that is still out there.
Those that I have heard are ARE now running for now are:
Wanneroo Folk Club * Matildas * Suspects Singers Club * Folk in the Forest * Monday Supperclub
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 and I will add them onto the calendar. Please note that we don’t see all events on Facebook so send it 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 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, PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!

Sunday 13rd September
— 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.

Mondays, from Sept 14, 2020
(8 weeks) — Introduction to International Dance
An introduction to Dances and music from across Europe, Anatolia, Israel and beyond.
Cost: $80 for an 8 week course or $15 per class
Due to Covid 19 please phone to reserve a place.
Venue: East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club, Jerrat Drive, East Fremantle
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Contact name: Jennifer Eyre Phone: 0409-372- 414 Email: Jennifer.eyrehome@gmail.com Web: www.perthinternationaldance.org.au

21 September
— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
We’re back up and running with The Holy Smoke. Spoken word: Poet Ginny Webb
Neilo and I may still be in Brisbane, so Terry Devereux will host. Please make him and sound man Zeljko and our dear Flora feel welcome – like us, they’re supporting supperclub as volunteers.

Bookings and info: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
Supperclub is a not for profit endeavour and all monies go back to the artists.
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

Tuesday 22th September
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Merriwa Acoustic Music Club in person again and hopefully we will once more have a great turn-out. Social Distancing and hand-sanitisers and disinfectant wipes for tables and chairs are now just a part of normal life. Those will be employed. We will all work to keep each other safe.
But I am looking much forward to seeing everyone again without the use of an iPad, computer, or smart phone. There is something just so good about people sitting together and sharing songs or poems or stories. It will also be good to see our new venue at Jenolan Way Community Centre. It is bigger, has a kitchen, and perhaps will allow us to have even more options for our events. Anyway, I do indeed hope you can attend and start our new place and day off on the right chord.
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

26th September
— The Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend.
It’s just days to The Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend presented by Act-Belong-Commit! On the Saturday, 26th September Brockman Street will be closed and there will be music and market stalls in the street. Following the street festivities there will be a concert in the Manjimup Town Hall from 3-5pm. top Australian Bluegrass band Bluegrass Parkway who luckily for us, all live in Perth! Once again there will be a Gospel SingOut on the Sunday morning and music workshops will run both Saturday and Sunday, including the very popular harmony singing workshops. I’m sure you’ll agree Kaiya’s done a great job on the website and in presenting the programme so you can read it easily and also download it. You can now buy your Festival Pass, a Concert Combo, or individual tickets to concerts and workshops. – please note you must register for all the workshops and concerts you want to attend and I suggest you register now as instrument workshop numbers are capped! https://www.manjimupbluegrass.com/

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th of October 2020
— Jarrahfall Bush Camp
A new band is making its way into the community taking stories of outlaws, murderers and notorious folk into the general populace. Performing festivals and venues across WA it is hard to say what brought these lawless marauders together, but their performances will always stand out from the crowd. Check our Ashlea Reale & The Outlaws at the The Jarrahfall Food & Fold Festival is a 2-day family-friendly music festival filled with camping, live music and fun outdoor activities!
Create amazing memories with the family. Escape the craziness of day-to-day living, unplug and enjoy!
DATE: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th of October 2020.
CAMPING is included with your tickets!
ACTIVITIES – Children’s activities, cooking demonstrations & more!
MUSIC – Bands in the evening, music workshops in the day
LOCATION: Jarrahfall Bushcamp in Dwellingup an hour south of Perth.
This is a family-friendly event with children’s entertainment and live music. Children’s activities are tailored to 6 to 12-year old’s but the big kids are more than welcome to have a go. For full schedule visit: https://jarrahfall.com.au/food-and-folk-festival/ Tickets are selling fast, don’t miss out!

1st, 10th & 17th October, 2020
The West Australian Folk Federation presents a series of LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS
As part of its ongoing role in promoting live music, the Western Australia Folk Federation will offer 3 x 4 hour performance skills workshops for singers and musicians at the Claremont Bowling Club on 1st, 10th & 17th October, 2020
Suitable for beginners and more experienced musicians who wish to improve their performance skills.
Cost $45 per workshop, numbers are strictly limited and selling fast.
To reserve your place email or call Bill Cullen on 0400 216 913 or william.c.cullen@mail.com (note not gmail)
Workshop 1 (3rd Oct) will provide a general introduction to performing in front of a live audience
Workshop 2 (10th Oct) will provide an introduction to the technical aspects of performing in front of a live audience
Workshop 3 (17th Oct) will further develop performance skills
For more info go www.wafolk.org.au or download the brochure.

Friday 9th October
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Carmel Charlton is a versatile performer with a wide variety of genres included in her performances. She has a fine vocal delivery, clean, inventive, delicate guitar and a swag of amazing stories and songs. Two of her songs “Music Can Do That and “The Looks He Gets” are to be included in “Music with a Conscience”, an award winning podcast series to be broadcast in Sept/Oct. Carmel’s songs have often been performed by the “One Big Voice” school choir who present their concerts at the Perth Arena. Carmel will also be joined by singer, songwriter and musician Lynda Martin to sing some of their favourites delivered with beautiful harmonies.
We will also have a few floor spots
Please bring your own cup for tea or coffee. While we do have cups it is better if you can use your own.
We will not be providing biscuits this month due to health reasons
We have a maximum number of 50 as per City conditions and chairs will be spaced accordingly. Please do not squeeze up or move the chairs around. If we reach capacity we will be turning people away.
Please bring your own sanitiser if possible. We will have some but the more the merrier.
Please note the start time for this month will be 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Admission will be $10 ($8 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sat 10 Oct 2-10 pm
— Nanga Music in Perth
Marking the traditional Nanga Music weekend, we’re keeping the dream alive with afternoon and evening concerts in two venues on the same day. Both venues – Mount Hawthorn Shenton Park – feature the same six fabulous acts. Intimate concerts, with a dinner break to check out the local, in our fabulous style. More info and tickets — on sale now! http://www.nangamusic.org.au/artists.html

13th to 15th November 2020
— Folk in the Forest
The draft program is almost complete and will include most of the performers who have offered. A notification confirming your part in the festival will go out shortly.
Ticket sales will open on Monday 31 August. Early bird tickets will be $60.00 until 30 September. The later price of $75.00 remains unchanged from previous years.
We plan to have a bar and a food van, due to their popularity last year.
Regulars know beds are quite limited but there is lots of space for campers, caravanners etc. and Clayton’s Camping in the Dorm caters for those who bring their swag and like to ‘camp’ indoors. Accommodation prices remain unchanged, beds are $50.00 per person per night and camping (including Clayton’s) is $25.00 per person per night.
Breakfast in the Bush will be provided by Little Folk on Saturday morning as usual. Our caterers will provide other meals, or if you prefer the large kitchen is available to you.
Apart from the ceili (with a great band), we will have displays, three concerts, an entertaining sundowner, five workshops/presentations and our usual late night music and singing sessions.
We’ll have more details for you shortly and the festival will meet all Covid 19 requirements.

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

4th of


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)


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



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



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, 7:15pm 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

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

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

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

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Glen Forrest 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
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

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


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




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