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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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.
If you know of any clubs or events that are running 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 22nd November
— 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.

Tuesday 24th November
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
We have a little different learning song next time, a country western classic by George Strait. I’ll send out more information and song sheets soon. As an extra heads-up early warning, because of Christmas our December MAMC will happen on Tuesday, 4 December.
Keep on strummin’.
There is something just so good about people sitting together and sharing songs or poems or stories. Our new venue is 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

Friday November 27th
— ‘Riverside Live’.
The Denmark Riverside Club & JFly Entertainment present – The Wayward Earls
The Wayward Earls take the stage for the fourth concert in our highly successful live music series. These local legends who fair from both, Albany & Denmark are seasoned professionals with a unique performance style and an innate ability to connect with their audience. It’s another not to be missed show. Join this versatile and talented group of entertainers with our emcee, James Flynn.
Ticket available online at www.ticketebo.com.au/riversidelive Also available at the Club or phone James on 0437644476 email: jflyinoz@yahoo.com
The Wayward Earls are:
Rod Vervest (guitar), Peter Grayling (cello), Bob Lipinski (vocals/harmonica), Dave Rasstrick (valve-trombone and banjitar /vocals).
Rod Vervest (aka the Earl of Spencer Street) picked up a guitar in 1972 and has never put it down since. Seduced by the sound of six strings, he successfully avoided “normal” life for an abnormal one of 80’s/90’s clubs, bars and pubs learning the trade from the grimier side whilst most of his musical friends studied and became seriously great jazz musicians. Nevertheless, driven by the notion that it’s really easy to play guitar…badly… he persisted and is determined to keep improving despite the onset of age, creaking joints and a continued fascination with a wayward lifestyle.
You may have heard Dave Rastrick’s roaming sounds – a trumpet drifting through forests or along the riverbank. Rastrick has waywardly wandered an eclectic course of musical discovery, from the streets, through university halls and literally hundreds of bands. With a trumpet specialty, this musical octopus aurally juggles a selection of unusual instruments such as valve-trombone and banjitar.
Bob Lipinski (or Count Lipinski, the Earl of 8 Mile Hill) has mastered the art of taking a wayward note and bending it into shape, both vocally and via his lunchbox full of tin sandwiches! Years of musical storytelling makes him feel right at home in the fine company of “The Earls”.
Peter Grayling had been playing the cello for seven years when he first heard The Blues. It took a few more years to realise that playing music should not be limited to playing every crotchet and quaver written down by someone with funny hair who died centuries before, and to earn a living playing music in a big room with a hundred others, all being bossed around by a bloke waving a little white stick. So he took up the mandolin, which meant he could play standing up and even walking around, and extended his cello playing to include flying by the seat of his pants and making up the notes as he flew. Wayward fun.

Tuesday, 1 December
— An Irish Night.
The Woodvale Tavern and Reception Centre
If you’re a fan of Irish music, Irish dancing or just some good old Irish craic then this is the event for you! Jessica Stojkovski is hosting an Irish night ???? at the Woodvale Tavern. The event will be on from 8:00 PM (doors open 7pm) All are welcome. You can purchase your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/BMCZU

7th December
— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
featuring Jane and The Rain, with poetry from Flora Smith.
Sold Out.
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

Friday 11th December
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Featured artist this month is The Foc’s’le Firkins so be prepared for the shanty songs and singing along. As has become a bit of a tradition over the last few years, the wind up club night for the year will also have committee members doing a few songs. We will also have the supper at the break but this year we will be serving people due to The Virus. As such we ask you to bring a plate of food that can be easily picked up with tongs, there will not be any self serve so please no dips etc.
It has been a crazy mixed up year and this night promises to carry that on with very talented and experienced performers getting together. Don’t miss it.
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, we need to keep aisles clear. 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

26 February – 1 March 2021
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
We’re on! We are feeling so excited and so relieved to be gearing up for Nannup Music Festival 2021, our 32nd year. I’m sure you are feeling as excited as we are and ready to have some quality time together, listen to some fantastic music and immerse in a wonderful weekend. It’s been a strange few months since we were last together and it really feels a blessing that we get to share in some joy and wonder again.
Programming felt strange this year, no idea if we would get to go ahead, nor who would be able to join us, so the focus has been a full Australian line up, with a strong WA collection (just gotta say, how great is our music here in WA?). There are some great acts from outside of WA who are feeling hopeful to be able to join us, this – just like everything these days – could potentially change at any moment. So let’s just keep an eye on the borders and if they can come, how awesome that will be. However, if not possible, there are many incredible acts still hopeful to join us, so we will be able to announce a second lineup release. For now, please check the website when we go live on the 1st of November to see the wonderful mix.
There will be some small changes to 2021, but luckily it’s looking much the same as what our festival is known and loved for. Your safety and comfort is our focus; we will be accommodating any changes needed so that we can all pop into a weekend of discovery, a bubble of love. To see a glimpse of the world we once knew, to again celebrate together feels like a dream.
Here’s a glimpse of some of our awesome WA acts:
Ticket sales open on november 1st
Due to no cover for pandemics and the fear we all have of another shut down, we have set the tickets to be 90% refundable if we have to cancel due to Covid-19. This cancellation retainment is only Covid-19 related and only if unavoidable; our primary concern is that we are all safe. You will be assured of a 90% refund. The 10% that we retain will be to ensure contractors, artists, etc, are paid their needed retainer – if not their full contracted rate. More info and pricing soon.
Stall Applications: Food and market stall applications open on 9th November 2020 and forms will be available on our website. Volunteers: Volunteer applications for the 2021 festival, will open in December.
More info: email: info@nannupmusicfestival.org
Phone: (08) 9756 1511
Web: nannupmusicfestival.org

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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