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.
We are a not for profit organisation. If you like our calendar and associated clubs and events please consider becoming a member.
It is inexpensive and helps to pay for this service.

If you join the WA Folk Federation you will get a weekly email with the snippets of upcoming gigs and other news and clips of interest as well as other benefits as seen on our memberships page.

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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

PLEASE NOTE
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!
COVID-19 Registration is mandatory at most venues so please give all the details required (which means Given & Surname), better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly.

Sunday 24th October
— WAFF AGM
To be held at John & Deb’s Place at 2pm, please email if you intend attending. If you need the address we will email it to you.

— 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.

26th October
— 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.

— Leederville Songwriters Club.
The 21st Amendment, 11/663 Newcastle St. from 7:00 pm UTC+08-10:00 pm
The Beaufort St Songwriters Club presents a special residency in Leederville celebrating original music and the songwriters of WA, in Perth’s best entertainment hubs.
You’ll love this wholesome event with the carefully curated lineups of exceptional WA singer-songwriter talents: ~ Grant Harris ~ Angie Colman ~ Dawn Barrington ~ Lee Lampropoulos $5 ENTRY
https://www.facebook.com/events/Leederville Songwriters

Friday 29th October
— The Bay Music Club. (Postponed ’til the new year)
The WAFF is launching a new acoustic music club at the Bayswater Bowling club, Murray St Bayswater.
The aim of the club is to showcase acoustic based music. The bowling club will have food available and drinks at club pricing. More info will be posted when we have it.

— Scotland Will Flourish.
Having had to postpone the Wild Geese CD Launch/Spirit of Alba concert twice before due to Covid-19 and my health I am glad to say that the show has now been rescheduled for Friday 29th October at the same venue. The booking site is still Trybooking with the link below taking you directly to the booking point. You can also just enter TryBooking and search for Scotland Will Flourish, add the date and the booking form will come up.
This is very definitely my last CD and probably my last full performance so it would be great to have as many get tickets as possible – the songs from the CD will be great for lovers of the Celtic tradition and the driving tunes from Spirit of Alba will have you out of your seats.
If you would like a meal at the Club before the show book directly on the number on the poster and make sure you are in early to have your meal finished before the show starts at 8.00pm.
The booking site opens on Friday, 8th October https://www.trybooking.com/BNFVO.

Friday 5th November
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
In November we have booked the JimJam group.
Folk Club is at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm.
$10 entry. Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 . All Covid requirements will be in place for signing in & hand cleansing.
*** The programme for the rest of the year has changed slightly so here is a heads up.

8th November TBC
— Monday Supperclub.
Tickets $45.00. Online booking only — no door sales.
Doors open 6.30pm. Guests seated 6.45pm. Spoken word 7.00pm.
Dinner served 7.30pm. Musical performance 8.15pm.
Coffee/tea served 9.00pm. Doors close 9.30pm
. Book your tickets at https://www.littlefolkinc.com

Friday 12th November
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
This month the feature artist is GypsyLou.
Gypsylou are the singer/songwriters Carrie Lee and Katie McMahon (Guitars-Vocals-Stomp), ably accompanied by Matt Stapleton (Fiddle-Vocals). Together they present what has been molded into their own, signature style of uplifting melodic folk, heart-felt ballads and upbeat new-folk anthems in tight, 3part harmony…with a touch of Celtic overtures.
Initially a duo formed in 2016 by Carrie and Katie after first meeting in the “Alto” section of the local choir, indulging their love of vocal harmony. Expanding the band to a five-piece increased what had been immediate popularity and resulted in the release of a 6 track EP of original songs in 2018, “Girl in Blue”. Not resting on laurels, the EP was followed, three years after conception (2019), by the self-titled “Gypsylou and the Kingfishers”, a collection of original songs which included all 5 of the band members.
This particular presentation involves 2 of the female gender, on guitars and vocals, one male vocalist / fiddle player and glorious 3part harmonies……all in all, another date not to be missed!
Floor Spots will be Jamie McKinnon probably playing some songs from his new CD and Jim McGuire with songs from his last Scottish album.
As normal there will be the floor spots.
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).
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

19th November
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
Full Bar facilities available. Card payment optional.
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.

19, 20 and 21 November
— FOLK IN THE FOREST FESTIVAL 2021.
TICKET SALES OPEN ON MONDAY 16 AUGUST AT 9.00AM!
LITTLEFOLKINC.COM is our recently acquired website and that’s where you’ll discover what we’ve been up to all year. This year’s festival is on the weekend of 19, 20 and 21 November. Last year our numbers had to be restricted and we sold out in 36 hours which meant a few disappointments.
To make sure of your place this year visit our website https://www.littlefolkinc.com , go to Folk in the Forest and click Book Now.
Many top class performers have offered their services and the programme is complete with just a little fine tuning to be done.
Ticket and accommodation prices have remained the same for several years which makes this festival better value than ever.
Early bird tickets cost $60.00, up to 30th September. Thereafter, if any remain, the cost is $75.00.
Accommodation on site is mostly camping (tent, caravan, campervan etc.)and a limited number of beds are available in the lodge and cottages. Beds are $50.00 per person per night and camping is $25.00 per person per night. Kitchen, bathroom and toilets are more than adequate.
On site bar and food vans are still being negotiated. More details and a list of great performers will follow by email and on the website. We’re going to have another superb festival.

21st November
— 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)
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.

— 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 Sunday 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.

Friday 3 December 2021
— The Gathering. (Sold Out)
Irish Club Western Australia The Gathering Season 3 – The Songs of Christy Moore.
It’s the third outing of The Gathering Live Concert at The Irish Club of WA. After two sold out shows in 2019 and 2020, 2021 brings together an evening of music collaborations celebrating ‘The Songs of Christy Moore’. A collection of Christy’s greatest hits and more performed by various musicians across the Perth Irish music scene.
Tickets $30 at TryBooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/Christy Moore

4th-7th March 2021 (TBC)
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
Ticket Sales open 1st November. Stall Applications: Food and market stall applications open on 9th November 2021 and forms will be available on our website. Volunteers: Volunteer applications for the 2022 festival, will open in December.
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
Fair Maids of Perth. Meet fortnightly on Fridays at 7pm in the Guide Hall in Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Email: fantasia66@hotmail.com Phone: 08 9228 4962

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
Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm (Not currently running) 0422 718 220 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
Marlee Morris 9am-noon (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

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