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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

While COVID-19 is not quite such an issue 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 maybe preferable to stay home and look after yourself. We don’t want these viruses spread unnecessarily, PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!
Most venues are still required to keep a register of attendees. This is mandatory so please don’t complain to the organisers and give all the details required (which means Given & Surname), better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly.

THURS 20 MAY 2021
Showcasing the best of independent music at the new(ish) home of the Freo Workers Club: The Fremantle Park Centre!
For the first time, five of WA’s finest female voices come together for an evening of exceptional music!
GypsyLou is a folk harmony duo made up of singer-songwriters Carrie Lee and Katie McMahon. They bring a fun, relaxed atmosphere to their performances, with their signature style of simple guitar and percussion accompanying warm, beautiful harmonies. GypsyLou’s original music draws from pop-, trad- and indie- folk influences.
The Holy Smoke is a folk-femme trio from Perth including Rose Parker (who has toured extensively through Australia, USA and Canada as one half of the Velvet Janes supporting the likes of Arlo Guthrie, AniDiFranco, Luka Bloom and The Black Sorrows), Delilah Rose (2018 WAM Country nominee) and Karlee Rae, Expect killer harmonies served with a side of sass and story.
Doors open 6 pm Music 7.30-9.30 pm
click for Tickets $30 guests) $25 members)
COME EARLY AND DINE BEFORE THE SHOW Meals from $15 served 6-7.30 pm
A full bar operates with very reasonable prices. Strictly no BYO.

21st May (3rd Friday)
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.
Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mdg.
ACT. 1. DAVID CUTLER (Guitar-Vocals) Avoiding folk music would have been virtually impossible were you being raised in England’s East Midlands in the late 60’s / early 70’s, as was the above mentioned. By the age of 16 David, one of the fortunate, was well and truly “hooked” and attending clubs bi-weekly. (yes, those WERE the days my friends..). As is true of many, a broken teenage heart inspired his first original song and was also instrumental in the forming of a duo performing in the mid 70’s. Losing touch with folk outlets after arriving in Australia, a spare bedroom wall became the audience for his self-penned songs until venturing out again, as recently as 6yrs ago. Now a committee member of the WAFF (W.A. Folk Federation), the Wanneroo Folk Club and becoming a familiar face at MFnBC, David will present a mixture of his musical preferences, background and history.
ACT. 2. SUE SUMMERS (Guitar-Vocals-Stomp) Suffering a seemingly common affliction among performers, Sue, a Perth born native, described herself as “painfully shy and introverted” in earlier years. Unable to suppress the deep seated love of music, the desire to perform finally enticed her to take the leap of faith and step onto the stage. Initially attracted by the vocal harmonies created by The Beatles, Abba and general 70’s / 80’s pop culture, the discovery of alternative individual female vocalists such as Emmy Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams added another direction to her listening and dimension to performance. Interpreting songs from a personal record collection plus an original or two, Sue, ever the introvert, invites audience participation…preferably in vocal harmony ! Unable to tie herself to any particular genre and making her first appearance at MFnBC, Sue is now in regular demand and performs “delicate folk songs to pop classics, all delivered with love”…and we can ask no more than that.
ACT. 3. SAM BLIGHT and FRIENDS. When asked to suggest a finger-style acoustic guitarist, playing in the Celtic / Traditional mode in Perth, one name comes to mind immediately. Beginning his affair with the guitar aged 13, Sam Blight (Guitar-Vocals) was composing his own tunes by 16. The introduction to British folk revival bands Steeleye Span, Pentangle and Fairport Convention played a huge part in his admiration for the genre but, after finding guitar-picking wizards Leo Kotke and Leon Renbourne, he finally threw away the plectrums. Gathering further insight into alternative tunings and the “dark arts of Celtic chordality” from one Ged Foley (of UK notoriety), Sam now has several well received recordings to his name and currently plays with the Perth Scottish Fiddles ensemble, as do those joining Sam for this presentation. From Perth, Scotland, Alan Malcom (Fiddle-Mandolin-Vocals) has a long and varied history of playing traditional music, from Ceilidh bands in Scotland to Irish bands in Tasmania and locally with bands Twisted Herring and Hot Toddy. Andrew Heard (Fiddle-Mandolin-Vocals) the multi-instrumentalist who joins Sam and Alan is a former member of the vocal team “Men of the West” and also currently playing with P.S.Fiddles. This ensemble suggests we may be in for some of the good ol’, high energy, “diddly diddly”, ….
ACT. 4.MARTIN & COOLE. The name Jon Cope (Guitar-Mandolin-Vocals) will no doubt be familiar to most in Perth’s folk scene. Since beginning in the 80’s at the now defunct Peninsula Hotel Club performing mainly traditional songs, he has been either responsible for, or part of Perth’s major folk bands since then, including: The Fling, Press Gang, Blue Celts, a founding member of Perth’s infamous shanty team The Focsle’ Firkins, plus the current family ensemble we present. In 2017 Jon and partner Emma Birkett (Ukulele-Vocals) released “the Roaring Gimlet”, a CD of original songs described as “folk, swing, blues”. Featuring the rarely seen Chinese Yangquin (multi-stringed instrument played with stick “hammers”) and bamboo flute’s, the well received album earned the nickname, “country and eastern”. In January 2020, prior to performances in Finland, of all places, the two became three when son Reuben Cope (Electric Piano) joined the duo to become the family trio of Martin & Coole, a name derived from the manufacturer of the treasured Guitar and Ukulele used by Jon and Emma. The keyboard has yet to be formerly introduced. We welcome the return of this ensemble after a mere 3 years since their last appearance at MFnBC !
Another date not to be missed ! We look forward to sharing the evening with you and hope to see you all there. The usual crew will be in attendance…
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 May (TBC)
— Folk In Mandurah
The next Soiree will be held on Saturday 22nd May at our place, starting at 2.30p.m., COVID requirements permitting. If, because of any of these requirements, a change of date is required, I will advise by email a.s.a.p.
The theme will be: Natural or Geographical features. Please remember that the theme is advisory only, any reference, no matter how oblique, is great!! Looking forward to catching up with you,
Look forward to hearing from you, Ian and Lusy Long ilo78333@bigpond.net.au.

Sunday 23rd May
— 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 May
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

29th May
— Bluegrass Parkway.
Live in ’45 Ole Time Radio Show. Kalamunda Performing rts Centre, Canning Rd, Kalamunda
Tickets $30 from StickyTickets.com.au

— Scotland Will Flourish .
The concert has once again been forced to postpone, partiallly due to covid restriction and possible lockdowns. Hopefully it can be sceduled for a later date when things are a bit more positive and less restrictive.

4-6 June 2021
— The Denmark Festival of Voice.
Denmark Arts is delighted to announce the return of the Denmark Festival of Voice for 2021. After launching Australia’s Tiny Festival Movement in 2020 due to the coronavirus, it is exciting, albeit slightly challenging, for the festival to be able to move forward at 75% venue capacity in line with the recently updated Western Australian COVID restrictions. We’ve been holding off until the 50% venue capacity was upgraded to 75%. As festival goers would know, our venues are wonderfully intimate spaces – fabulous for festival audiences who believe in real connection, but not so viable at 50% capacity! But we’re now going ahead, so get your ticket quick, as they are limited.
And do we have some scrumptious guests for the 75% of you who jump in! Starting again with a free Nongar Opening Ceremony, we are also thrilled to announce the presence of Tyson Yunkaporta, Dr Noel Nannup, Kavisha Mazella, Lucky Oceans and David Milroy, with the amazing Carl Panuzzo leading this year’s Big Sing. Stay tuned for the full program. More info on: www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au

Friday 11th June
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
There will also be a couple of floor spots but they are the surprise acts for the night so you will have to come along to find out!!
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Sorry but you will need to COVID register at the door
Admission $10 ($8 for WAFF members). (entry for Sing-A-Round nights $5/$3)
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

SUNDAY 20th June (3rd Sunday)
— Jackadders Music Club
NOTE the new VENUE: The Perth Horse and Pony Club, 171 Jon Sanders Drive (entrance opposite Selby St North, Herdsman.) We’ll put a sign up on Jon Sanders Drive. TIME: 2.30 – 5PM
COST: $12 Adults Children free. For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com

8-10th October
— Nanga Music Festival.
Nanga Bush Camp Price: free (TBC) · Duration: 2 days A one-venue acoustic music festival in the beautiful Western Australian jarrah forest. Concerts, workshops, sessions, wood fires, food and more! https://www.facebook.com/Nanga festival

4th-7th March 2021 (TBC)
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
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

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)

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

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 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

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Glen Forrest Hall, cnr Statham St and Marnie Rd, Glen Forrest, Regular Dance 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, 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

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


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



Folk n Stuff

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



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