WA Folk Music & Dance Calendar

WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

Monday 14th October
— SHANTY CLUB (2nd Monday monthly)
at 19:30 Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
The irresistable song of the Siren calls you back to the SHANTY CLUB. First the Shanteasers and now She Shants. There’s a revolution going on! or… is it a mutiny? Of course the Lost Quays will manfully weather the storm and try to keep the shanty club ship on an even keel. What could go wrong? Come on down to Clancy’s for a rollicking good evening of shanties. Community singing at its best! All are welcome.

— English Music Session (normally 2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome start 7:00 pm
Irish Club, Townshend Rd, Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
It is an open-to-all session – – bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
Nanga double: TBC (no spoken word)
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. A definitely for profit endeavour is a yoga and creative writing retreat I’m co-facilitating in northern NSW this July – on the offchance you have contacts there who may be interested, more info here: https://www.kathryn-riding.com/winter-yoga-and-writing-retreat-at-gymea.html
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

Thursday 17th October
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
This month we will have our regular third Thursday evening. We will be in the Compass Centre, just as always.
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 18th October 2019
— Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
It’s hard to believe but true. We’ve done it again . Three act’s never seen before at MFnBC! As this is our penultimate show for 2019 we encourage ALL not to miss this. Also it’s timely to offer our thanks to Kim & Glen our kitchen wizards for providing such wonderful food and persevering with us through the stormy weather.
Up and Adam (Adam Boddy – vocals, banjo) is an emerging local artist offering something completely different. Influenced by old-time traditional American folk & roots music & telling stories with original songs and obscure covers, his claw-hammer banjo style promises to “ take you places you may not expect a banjo to go , with a joyful delivery oozing heart & soul and sounds from a forgotten era that evoke the Appalachian mountains “. Having been noticed for his love of traditional sounds and ancient stringed instruments Adam has been invited to Helsinki to perform for the bloody Vikings!
Alessandro (Alé) Lepore (guitar, vocals) has recently moved to Perth. Tiring of playing in blues, rock , folk and reggae bands in his native Italy, he collaborated with local jazz musicians to produce his 1st solo album “How Much Time “. Seeking radically alternative inspiration he re-located to the desert town of Phoenix, Arizona. Finding new techniques & “his voice” there, he recorded his 2nd contribution “24/7”. Moving back to Rome Alé was recognised as “most promising “and in 2014 “best Italian artist in his category “. His 3rd offering “Long Silence“ was recorded in Rome and released in 2018 to critical acclaim.
A long association with the blues, yielding “ shed loads of originals “, from times spent with Australian bands confirms Lez Karski ( guitar , vocals ) has “ been around “. After an education and musical infancy at U.S. army bases in Germany he returned to and attended art school in West London (with Freddie Mercury ) before joining Liverpool chart success band Supercharge. Engaged in ‘78 as producer by Albert Productions he worked on Midnight Oil’s “ Head Injuries “ & “ Bird Noises “ before forming , recording and touring Sydney bands “ Bondi Cigars “ and “ Hippo’s “. Following time in Adelaide with “The Donkeys “ he arrived in Albany & became a “ Nervous Investor “with Dave Hole & Ace Follington. His own “unique guitar & vocal style , waggish lyrics & compelling rhythms are engaging for both feet & brain. Blues at it’s best ! “ Lez will be accompanied by Adam Murcha ( Bullet Harmonica )
Be prepared to be transported back in time as Ashlea Real & Outlaws return to bring to life forgotten stories of murder, mystery and plight from our colonial past. Bushrangers, convicts and criminals take centre stage wrapped in vocal harmonies and bearing stringed instruments. The “Murder Ballads “ concert was presented earlier this year as part of the National Heritage Festival at Fremantle prison. The band, Ashlea ( guitar ,vocals ), Marlie Wanseth (guitar), Dave Feenstra (banjo), Paul Rhodes (bass) is currently finalising recordings and releasing their 1st single at MFnBC and have a free “ download copy “ for patrons attending.
Doors open 6.45pm with show start of 7.30pm. Bar and food available and the usual gang in attendance.
Check out the website – http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

Sunday 20th October
— Jackadder’s Music Club
We welcome some very talented OUTLAWS to Jackadder’s on Sunday, October 20th at 2.30pm led by Ashlea Reale.
Local Folklore Takes Centre Stage – Be transported back in time with Ashlea Reale and her band of Outlaws as they bring to life forgotten stories of murder, mystery and plight from our colonial history. Bushrangers, convicts and outlaws take centre stage in beautifully told stories engulfed in vocal harmonies and stringed instruments. This gang are the Reale deal, filled with charm, well-crafted lyrics and catchy melodies.
Ashlea Reale and the Outlaws are… Ashlea Reale – Vocals, guitar, foot percussion, Marlie Wanseth – Guitar, slide guitar, Paul Rhodes – Bass, vocals, Dave Feenstra – Banjo, Rene de Vies – Mandolin
Captivating audiences with her stories of local outlaws, Reale’s song writing style displays her ability to combine humour with the heartfelt through clever melodic devices. Having performed in the Australian folk music scene since 2014, Reale has since been collecting festival performances under her belt including folk music festivals Australia wide and internationally including 2018 Fringe World Festival. The gang showcase singer/songwriter music in a traditional folk style. Their murder ballads theme concert that focuses on convicts and bushrangers was presented as part of the National Heritage Festival in 2019. Reale’s debut album, “In the Gallows”, is set to be released on December 8th.
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free (WAFF members half price)
Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.

23-30 October
— Events with Jane
Week-long songwriting retreat in Bali. We stay in lovely villas with their own pools. Brenda is coming to this one, too, to teach us about voice care. www.juicecreativ.com

Sunday 27th October
— Matildas Music Club (twice monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday
Open mic music club.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
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.

–Perth Scottish Fiddlers (monthly – last Sunday of the month) .
Perth Scottish Fiddlers is a group of musicians who come together to play the rich and extensive violin and dance repertoire of Scotland, both traditional and contemporary. The group plays a range of music, from beautiful airs and elegant strathspeys to fast and furious reels and jigs, and their original tunes and arrangements add an Australian flavour! We learn new tunes by ear each month, hold sessions, workshops and a camp, as well as performing at a variety of venues. New fiddle and cello players are always welcome and no Scottish experience is needed! Please contact the director on mschlink@gmail.com
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Reserve, Woodlands; 2-3pm slow class, 3-5.30pm main group (welcome to stay for both).

Friday 1st November 2019
— 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

Saturday 2nd November
— Folk In Mandurah
The next Soiree will be at Bill Hardy’s place on Saturday, the 2nd of November, starting at 2.30p.m. finishing about 5.00 p.m. The subject is “Earth” (Wind and Fire?). Please let’s know by email, and I will publish a list of performers and items at the end of each week.
The December Soiree will be at our place on Saturday, the 7th of December, subject T.B.A.
Tell your friends, even if they just wish to come along to listen.
contact: dueout2005@yahoo.com . Hope to see you there.

3rd November
— WAFF AGM
Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change of date
The Annual General Meeting will be held for the WA Folk Federation at John Ralph’s place from 2pm where a new committee will be voted in and other business dealt with. We encourage as many members to attend as possible. If you wish to join the committee please contact a current committee member and we will explain what you need to do. You must be a financial member to be on the committee and/or vote on any proposals. (see the links on the WAFF pages)

Tuesday 5 November 2019 (4 seesions)
— Noongar Singing for Beginners
Join award winning singers and performers Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse with their fresh, modern take on ancient traditions.
ABOUT THE CLASSES – These singing classes will introduce the four principles of Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children/Legacy). Each week, learn a song from each principle and have a discussion around what these things mean to us individually, and as a community. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the language of the land on which we live. No prior singing experience is required.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS – Gina Williams writes and sings contemporary songs in Noongar language. Winner, Best Indigenous Act in the WA Music Industry Awards from 2013 to 2016, she has earned the reputation as a performer who captures the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world; connecting deeply through the power of song. Gina performs with her musical partner, guitarist Guy Ghouse.
CLASS DATES: Tuesday 5 November 2019, Tuesday 12 November 2019, Tuesday 19 November 2019, Tuesday 26 November 2019
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm (arrive at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start)
Cost: $66 per person (inc. GST) for 4 sessions. Book now as places are limited.
LOCATION – City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth, WA 6000
Tickets from: https://www.trybooking.com
All ticket sales are final, no refunds will be provided. Substitutions are accepted.

Friday 8th November
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Be transported back in time with Ashlea Reale and the Outlaws as they bring to life forgotten stories of murder, mystery and plight from our colonial history. Bushrangers, convicts and outlaws take centre stage in beautifully told stories engulfed in vocal harmonies and stringed instruments. This gang are the Reale deal, filled with charm, well-crafted lyrics and catchy melodies.
Ashlea Reale and the Outlaws are… Ashlea Reale – Vocals, guitar, foot percussion, Marlie Wanseth – Guitar, slide guitar, Paul Rhodes – Bass, vocals, Dave Feenstra – Banjo, Rene de Vies – Mandolin
Captivating audiences with her stories of local outlaws, Reale’s song writing style displays her ability to combine humour with the heartfelt through clever melodic devices. Having performed in the Australian folk music scene since 2014, Reale has since been collecting festival performances under her belt including folk music festivals Australia wide and internationally including 2018 Fringe World Festival. The gang showcase singer/songwriter music in a traditional folk style. Their murder ballads theme concert that focuses on convicts and bushrangers was presented as part of the National Heritage Festival in 2019. Reale’s debut album, “In the Gallows”, is set to be released on December 8th.
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday 10th November
— Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly, 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Open mic music club. We are having another of our famous BBQs after the session, entry $5, BBQ $5…starts as usual 2pm.
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.

— Contra Dance (Monthly)
The dancing is 2-5pm
St Margaret’s Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
Contra dance is a great chance to meet new people and get some exercise set to amazing music from our live Mega band. An American version of a bush dance, or Ceilidh the dances are easy enough for beginners to join in immediately but varied enough to keep experts interested (with plenty of space for improvisation so bring your best Cajun/tango/? moves) Bring a water bottle, wear light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Or just come and listen to the great music and watch the swirling dancers.
We usually meet on the Second Sunday of the month, but for exact dates check www.facebook.com/perthcontra (you should not need to have a facebook account to see this page)
More info: Alison Scott ex.carrot@gmail.com 0426 410 561

15-17 November 2019
— Folk in the Forest Festival
Folk in the Forest Festival, Banksiadale Road, Dwellingup, Western Australia
Hello Folk in the Forest Festival People……….. We are getting this year’s festival together and would love to hear from anyone wishing to donate their time and energy as performers. As you know, no one gets paid and we all purchase tickets so that the wee folk that need medical help get the maximum benefit from the weekend’s donations. This year’s festival will be held over the weekend of 15-17 November.
Please contact either Phil Gray (warralakinmusic@gmail.com) 0404629125; or Noel Kenny (noelkenny6@gmail.com). We are looking forward to hearing from you!!
Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/

12th-15th December
— The Company
The Company are pleased to announce their return to Western Australia in December. Expect the usual energetic stomp, soulful song and wry onstage banter that the band are known for. They are excited to be mustering the talents of renowned dobro player and West Oz local Andrew Winton for this tour.
https://www.facebook.com/tours/376716279942177/
DEC 12 Perth Concert, Mt Hawthorn
DEC 13 Manjimup, WA
DEC 14 Albany Entertainment Centre
DEC 15 Fremantle Arts Centre

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

Sundays

2nd of

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512
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

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512

5pm-8pm Perth Folk and Roots Club
Mount Lawley Bowling Club, Corner Storthes & Rookwood Street, Mount Lawley

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: Dome Cafe, Railway Pde, 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, Nedlands 7:15 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
Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
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: 8.00 pm. Jan Pittman 9574 6671
Souleiado French Dance Group, Adults 7pm, Nedlands, 6389 0767
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 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, Nedlands 10:15-12:15 Jenny 9381 5235
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly

SUNDAY
Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220
www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
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