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.


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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

Wednesday 17th July
Workshop with Judi Nicolson
7-9.30pm, South Perth.
Judi Nicolson, originally from Banchory, Scotland, is a consummate performer; her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts, and dances throughout America and Canada.
Judi was trained in both classical and traditional styles; however, from an early age, her passion has always been to play traditional Scottish fiddle music. By the age of 15, Judi had won three major Open Scottish fiddle Championships including the Golden Fiddle Award – a competition that attracted competitors from around the world. She went on to play at various music venues throughout the U.K., both as a soloist and alongside some of the finest Scottish dance bands.
She currently serves as Music Director for the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School
If you are eager to master the skill of playing Scottish traditional music, this Workshop is definitely for YOU.
Tickets can be purchased by reserving your seat and paying $40.00 on the night.
Address given once booking is made.
Telephone: 0410 763 573 or email colinandfionad@outlook.com

Thursday 18th July
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
7:30PM until about 10:00PM
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

— Wax Lyrical Open Mike for Australian Songwriter’s Association
A brand new Open Mike night commences on Thursday 18 July.
Hosted by local muso and writing coach Jane Cornes, the Australian Songwriter’s Association Wax Lyrical open mike sessions are free and offer anyone the opportunity to claim their 10 minutes of fame.
There is no cost to perform at these nights, which will run on the third Thursday of each month until December.
Jane recently became the WA representative for the ASA and says she’s looking forward to promoting local music. “My commitment is always to support and encourage other singer-songwriters in finding an audience, and I’m hoping we’ll see strong support for this new opportunity.”
The venue is Maylands bar Henry on Eighth, an ambient spot offering $5 pints and a range of bargain-priced pub grub. The bar’s diminutive stage area, which is accessed by a short ladder, is a novel spot for performers, and promises to provide some great entertainment. Like the Wax Lyrical Perth page to keep up to date with events.

Friday 19th July 2019
— Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
We have been fortunate to attract a number of new acts to the club this year. July sees 2 more contemporary acts included on our extraordinary performers catalogue.
To the show! Our first act and newcomer Lucas Jones (guitar and vocalist), preparing to become a bachelor of Arts in Music gained initial performance experience fronting local folk rock band “These Winter Nights”. Juggling band performance and studies, Lucas began concentrating on solo story telling in song resulting in his debut single “Beth” in 2016 and gained air play on Triple J Unearthed. Now working towards the release of his first EP his songs and performances have been described as “a delivery of raw, heartfelt vocals, honest lyrics with a melancholic depth of love, life and loss.” In other words, Folk Music. In addition to his studies Lucas is busy working Perth’s venues attracting a dedicated following along the way.
Picking up his first guitar at 14, Jeremy Boyd (guitar and vocals) has rarely put one down ever since. Early 70’s acoustic styles of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and the meanderings of Joni Mitchell were absorbed before embarking on what became a 30 year commitment to electricity and rock ‘n roll culminating in tours of WA and a band residency in Hong Kong. Adapting new techniques and developing an impressive finger picking style to suit later inspirations his influences are best described as “across the board” although in the past 10 years Jeremy has reconnected with his roots and concedes “there is little more satisfying than contemplating life with an acoustic guitar on your lap”.
Regarded as one of Perth’s more accomplished Blues Duos, cousins Dave and Brad Capper combine family ties, taste and personalities to present the unique sound of Two Trains. Brad (vocal. harp and effects) is the inspiration behind their journey into the blues and receives acclaim for his outstanding “harp attack” tutorials and live performances. While David (guitars and vocals) has appeared solo at Perth’s Blues venues and Bridgetown Festival, to pigeonhole the duo’s distinct mix of Americana, Old Time Gospel, Jazz and Folk as strictly Blues is contentious. The two Trains last rolled into our station in 2015 so it is an overdue welcome back to our platform and a must see for harmonica fans.
To close the show we welcome our final and second new act singer song writer Matt Cal (guitar and vocals). Matt has been part of the WA Folk / Blues circuit for may years collecting WAM nominations on his journey and Blues / Roots Song of the Year Award in 2011. A Kalamunda resident, Matt has relaxed his own touring and recording schedule and now devotes time to family, writing for and producing 2 bands and local song writers as well as standing in on occasion with various line ups. An RTR FM presenter with a Diploma of Sound Engineering, Matt’s performance promises “inviting, intimate, acoustic sounds with heartfelt vocals a-plenty”. Ably accompanied by Matt Parker (keyboard) and Guisseppe Joe Renia (electric violinist) the potential for this evening is limited only by time. Rug up and join us in the heat of the night. 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 21st July
— Jackadder’s Music Club
At 2:30 pm we welcome back one of our favourite bands to JACKADDER’S.
Among The Pigeons is a group of friends who love to make music together. Blending a mix of musical styles with their special brand of cheeky banter, they sing both classic favourites and soulful originals in sublime 4 part harmony. Guitar, mandolin, drums,djembe and keyboard – a great mix of instruments and vocals. You will be laughing one minute and crying the next. They are regular performers at many of the folk federation venues and they can often be found at various wineries and bars around Perth, and sometimes they play there too! Whatever the occasion they can tailor their show to surprise and entertain all types of audiences. Expect the unexpected with this band who refuse to be pigeonholed!
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.

22nd July
— 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) .
Our next Supperclub features two fabulous performers:
Music double (no spoken word): Neil Steward is well known to supperclub goers as our club tech and partner to Jane. Bas Harvey is a Queensland-based singer songwriter. Both men will be performing a 30 minute set of original songs, to delight and fascinate you. Info and bookings here.
Our new Autumn menu will be in place by then, and promises a few new dishes to tempt and delight you. 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

28th July
— Matildas Music Club (twice monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday – Check 1st)
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 2nd August 2019
— HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry.
Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com

Friday 9th August
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Featured artists: Among the Pidgeons
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

Saturday 10th of August
— Folk In Mandurah TBC
starting at 2.30pm and finishing about 5.00pm, with the usual 30 minute break in the middle for drinks, nibbles etc . Tell your friends, even if they just wish to come along to listen.
The next Soiree will be at The Long’s house at the usual start time of 2.30p.m. finishing at about 5.00p.m. Ahh! The subject! Actually there are two- Children, and Hope. Perhaps they can be combined. As always the subject is a suggestion only and not mandatory. Look forward to hearing from you,
Please register by sending your name and the items you would like to perform to this email address: ilo78333@bigpond.net.au At the end of each week, I will send out a list of performers and items to avoid duplication of songs, etc.

Sunday 11th August
— 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

Monday 12th August
— 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).
Elwyn reminded me that we would revisit Prescot Clock and Flirtation Hornpipe. A new (to our session) tune to have a go at is Morpeth Rant, an excellent Northumbrian tune. http://www.folktunefinder.com/tunes/176958 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTuf6bDf09o
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Saturday 28th September
— Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Very excited to have Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas back in Perth for a string workshop and concert on Saturday 28th September so this is an early warning to mark your calendars so that you don’t miss out on hearing these world class players.
On their last visit to Perth at the Perth Town Hall the audience was blown away by the skill and enthusiasm of these wonderful players and Alasdair and Natalie indicated that concert was the highlight of their toutr of Australia and are really keen to be back in the same venue.
All details of the workshop and concert will be posted nearer the time but for now, especially as it is the start of the school holidays, make sure you put it on your calendars – what a way to start the holiday!!

We’ve been quiet for a while, but we’re as busy as a family of willy wagtails working on this year’s festival. If it isn’t already on your calendar, we invite you to mark out 11-13 October 2019 and remind your friends and family to do the same.
We’ve been planning another exciting weekend with several artists new to WA, one or two festival favourites, delicious and healthy meals (or self-catering if you prefer), sessions and a couple of surprises.
Watch this space for artist announcements, special discount offers and more! All will be revealed soon.

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

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


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)


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



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



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, 7-10 pm 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

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

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

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout 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
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly “Hop” 1st Sat monthly

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220
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



Postal Address:
PO Box 328
EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com
ABN: 23 052 531 632>