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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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.
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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:      
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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 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!

A number of the regular clubs will be in holiday mode in late December or January. If you see TBC next to an event then check with the contact before going.

21st January
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday) Cancelled this month due to too many restrictions and far too hot for people to wear masks ***
SHADY JANE (Guitar-Vocals-Stomp). Opening the New Year’s program is a local duo who, having put in the hard yards, have firmly established themselves as one of the few Female acts with a busy performance schedule, playing local, wheatbelt and Sth.West country gigs during what has been a couple of lean years for most performers. Comprising of vocalist Rochelle, classically trained in earlier years and maintaining the ability to enhance choral ensembles and this contemporary acoustic duo with her vocal range and Izzy, a drummer in a number of bands taking up guitar and vocals after working with and viewing so many players, observing their techniques and now adding another dimension to her own C.V. Classics from across the spectrum are their speciality and the reason for their popularity at weddings, parties, anything, anywhere, and….MFnBC!
KEVIN n JEM (Guitars-Vocals). Usually seen as solo performers in the public arena but with a history of collusion at after-hours gatherings, this combination of finger picking style guitarist has not been seen on the club’s stage for a number of years. Differing musical preferences, backgrounds and individual styles, like any good recipe, add a distinct flavor to their presentation. Jem, a band member and “electric” player for many years, toured W.A. extensively before earning a residency in Hong Kong. Recent years have seen him return to his roots, veranda, easy chair and the music that led him to guitar in his youth. Kevin, falling prey to the artists responsible for taking folk / acoustic music to the masses in the era of pop / rock ‘70’s never fully recovered and experienced only a brief encounter with electricity before life lead him back to his own musical beginnings, the “close to the heart” memories of acoustic clubs of Yorkshire, Israel and eventually, a continuing role MFnBC. Contemporary songs from contemporary artists are on their menu.
GRAHAM WILSON (Guitar-Vocals) A performer we continue to ask ourselves, “how come we didn’t find him sooner ?” Introduced to us by supporter and fellow performer Mr.Phil Beck, Graham was engaged to represent MFnBC at the Shire’s Twilight Concert (2020) after only his first appearance with us which, needless to say, took most by surprise. Originally from Scotland with all its musical influences but guilty of “doing time” in and around the Yorkshire Folk circuit, his clean, clear cut vocal delivery shows no hint of the “ee-by-gum” of that particular area. Apart from the ability to engage an audience verbally and an extensive and varied repertoire crossing most genres, Graham is a guitar player guitar players love to see and perhaps learn from, with a genuine, no-frills approach to his expertise on that 6 stringed instrument. After relocating to W.A, touring the country and earning himself a well-deserved performers reputation he is back playing clubs and of course, larger gigs of his choosing. With 3 compilation recordings to his name, we regard Graham as “one to see” for any lover of acoustic music, contemporary or otherwise and anyone aspiring to play acoustic guitar.
The Trio “SUSGALA” (Spontaneous – Sri Lanka). This band of previously nomadic, globetrotting individuals have waited patiently for the call to feature at MFnBC for perhaps 3yrs or more. Kindly standing in for canceled acts at short notice and accepting any position in the program on more than one occasion, Philip Korn (Guitar-Vocals-Percussion) Michelle Drieberg (Vocals) and David Wheeler (Guitar-Vocals) had us “helplessly hoping” for more on their previous appearance, earning them enormous admiration and feedback and we are pleased to invite them back to complete our first venture for 2022. With vastly differing ethnic backgrounds, English, Sri Lankan and American, the combination might appear unworkable on paper, particularly where “muso’s” and their individual influences are at play, but this amalgamation, vocally and instrumentally, tells another tale. Featuring Philip’s original songs and the occasional expertly delivered cover version, tight 3-part harmonies, uplifting rhythm’s and rolling percussion are, along with their obvious love of performance and individual talents, the overriding feature of this trio.
ON THE MENU: Chicken Rendang. Mei Goreng Noodles. **PATRONS** PLEASE NOTE : The bar has a CARD PAYMENT OPTION for your convenience. It is NOT a cash withdrawal facility. Thanks, Club Management.
Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mdg.
The usual crew will be manning the decks and look forward to sharing the experience with you.
Doors Open: 6.45pm. Show commence 7.30 / 10.30pm
ENTRY $10.00.
Full Bar service available now with “card” facilities.
As per usual, we have LIMITED capacity and refusing entry is never an envious task. First come, best dressed.

Saturday 22nd January
— Folk In Mandurah (generally 3rd Sunday every 2nd Month TBC)
We are running the Soirée every second month, and attempting to make it the Third Saturday of the month concerned. The basis is mainly folk, but we have also had a classical pianist, and because of connections with similar organisations, we have been able to have folk performers from a number of countries perform on a regular basis. The concept is still basically the same as Ian and Tania started with, that is good performers using a private house to mutually enjoy music.
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.

Sunday 23rd 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.

25th January
— 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 4 February 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

Friday 11th February
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Our featured artist will be The Stamps, A harmonious trio playing original songs. More info will be posted soon. but here is a link to look at. YouTube vid: https://www.youtube.com/WAMI concert
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
At this stage you will need to COVID register at the door
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: Jim McGuire
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sat 12 & Wed 16 February 2022
— Dance with the Mad Tatters Morris.
Come and try it! The “Mad Tatters Morris” dancers are women & men who perform traditional & vigorous dances from English villages along the Welsh border. We have added sparkle, colour and fun to festivals for over 10 years.
It’s free, a great way to meet new people & keep fit!
1. Midland Sports Complex, 45 Patterson Drive, Middle Swan
Date: Sat 12 February 2022 Time: 3.00-4.30
OR
2. Swan Active Beechboro, 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.
Date: Wed 16 February 2022 Time: 10-12 am
Contact: Christine Hogan 9279 8778. Email: Madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/hvj77xk
We practice weekly on Tuesday evenings. Starting February 1st 2022:
At: The Guildford Town Hall, Cnr James & Meadow St
From: 7-9pm and after at the Woodbridge Tavern Irish Music Session.

20th Febraury
— Jackadders Music Club (3rd Sunday)
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

— 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.

25th February 2021
— Celtic Knot.
Celtic Knot is another showcase of Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland and brings together two amazing trios playing and singing music from the two cultures. Previous shows in this vein have been fantastically well received by full houses. Book early for this one to ensure a seat – bookings open at 9.00am on February 1st. Door sales will only be available if not sold out prior to the night.
Trio Fáilte takes Scottish fiddle and pipe music and creates unique arrangements of tunes ancient and modern. Margaret Schlink (viola & fiddle), Fiona Davidson (fiddle) and Krista Low (cello), have combined their diverse musical backgrounds of Scottish fiddle, classical and Baroque to bring a distinctive new sound to the Celtic fiddle repertoire.
The Irish Club Trio. Dympna Finch (whistle & vocals) is Perth-born to Sligo parents. She has played with bands such as Shillelagh Law, Jade, Shebeen and Down the Swanee and is a regular participant at Irish music sessions and gigs around Perth. Tommy O’Brien (guitar & vocals) comes from Co. Cork and has been living in Perth since January 2012. He plays and sings around the pubs in Perth and has performed with former trio Castagnari among others. Russell Clarke (bass guitar & vocals), originally from Belfast, has lived between Ireland and Perth on and off since 1973. He has played with several groups such as the Colonials and others over the years and also gigs around the pubs in Perth.
If you would like to have a meal at the Irish Club pre show book directly with the Club on 9381 5213. Meals served upstairs so book early to ensure you are fed before the show begins!!
7.15pm bar open, concert 8.00pm
The Irish Club Subiaco, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
Tickets $25 from www.trybooking.com/BWROL
NB With legislation in place already you will need to show your Vax Certificate to enter the venue. There may be other restrictions put in place by the concert date but we will advise on any alterations. Hopefully Covid does not impact again – this concert was planned for May last year but had to be cancelled!!

— The Bay Music Club.
A great night out with a wide range of high quality live acoustic style music, food and bar in a comfortable cabaret setting. Our goal is to create a unique experience where a community of music lovers meet at a great venue to be entertained by a brilliant variety of live music of their choice. The Bay supports and promotes new, emerging, and established artists by providing an excellent performance venue and appreciative audience. Artists are chosen for their ability to entertain and delight, based on feedback from our audiences.
Our focus is acoustic style music in all its forms and diversity. This allows a great variety of acts and genres but would exclude bands with loud drums and big amps.
The Bay is a non-profit-making entity with all proceeds after overheads going to the artists. The Bay is managed in association with the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF).
The venue is Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club (BBRC) 58 Murray St, Bayswater.
Seats 150 in cabaret style, with 9m stage, good PA and sound tech.
Tickets $20. Online sales in Jan.
WAFF and BBRC members receive a discount on ticket prices after registration with The Bay.
Call for performers. Announcing Perth’s newest live performance venue. Opens Friday 25th Feb 2022 and fouth Friday monthly.
Performer enquiries: jim.thebay@gmail.com Facebook: The Bay Music Club

4th-7th March 2021
— Nannup Music Festival.
Nannup Music Festival 2022 Cancelled
How blown away were we to completely sell out our 2022 event within two hours – and today to feel so low.
Yesterday the Nannup Music Club met to discuss the unfolding of events and the potential impact on the 2022 festival. The hard decision was made to cancel this year’s event.
It was far from a light discussion, and we weighed up all the scenarios arriving to this. There is way too much uncertainty. Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of all involved. For the immediate and the long-term. It feels that the closer we get to March (and with our event held within weeks of the borders opening) the higher the risk, and that could mean disaster for the 2022 NMF and a risk for future festivals.
So much love and devotion goes into this industry, the need for support is as great as ever. Please continue to support wherever you can, support the artists, buy some merch, send them some love, drop in to a food stall and grab a meal, throw a coin at a busker, smile at the toilet cleaners and thank them, thank a soundie at the event, the vollies or door staff, the incredible funders and sponsors. So many people come together to make events happen, and they are really feeling this impact now; anything we can do to keep sharing love and caring for each other will help us get through this. Times are tough and we are all feeling it in one way or another.
Having worked long and hard to create a safe festival for 2021, we had hoped to replicate the success for 2022. Certainly our patrons were ready to support us and showed that support by purchasing all available tickets within 2 hours of sales opening!
You will appreciate the extra constraints on the festival this year, in particular the need for all attendees to provide Proof of Vaccination. Our COVID Event Plan and Volunteer operations were geared to meet that requirement. However, the committee felt a huge weight of responsibility in that we could not guarantee the vaccination status of the thousands of non-ticket holders who come to Nannup over the March long weekend. Our main concern is for the health and well-being of all.
So, 2023 will be the year of the 33rd Nannup Music Festival with our committee determined to do our utmost to bring you the best festival ever. Looking for a silver lining, we could say that half the organisation is already done!
More info: email: info@nannupmusicfestival.org
Phone: (08) 9756 1511
Web: nannupmusicfestival.org

April 22-24
— The Fairbridge Festival 2022.
Calling all artists!
Our festival wouldn’t be possible without the incredible talents of the artists who perform with us. Our Artistic Director Rod Vervest is putting together the 2022 program, and we’re super excited about what’s coming up. So if you want to be involved in WA’s premier folk, world and roots music festival, we need even more applications from WA artists performing in these genres.
The Fairbridge Festival 2022 dates are confirmed for April 22-24 and applications are now open, so head to our website and complete the online form. It only takes a few minutes to apply, so if you are keen to be part of the line-up, we’d love to hear about it!
What we are looking for: Most of our opportunities are for folk, world and roots music performances, but Fairbridge Festival is more than just a music festival. Our dance program, talks and panels, specialised youth and children’s programming, and engaging arts and crafts workshops are an integral part of what makes this Festival unique and magical.
We also love street performers, circus, arts workshops, dance displays, wellness activities, and whatever else you can come up with. We’re always looking to provide exciting new experiences to our audiences and love working with artists to develop new ideas.
Submissions close on September 27, so please get in touch if you have any questions.
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
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