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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

If you see TBC next to an event then check with the contact before going.

Sunday 23rd June
–Matilda’s music.(2nd and 4th Sunday)
Matilda’s music is now held at Hollywood Subiaco Bowling Club. It is a great venue and Matilda’s has been warmly welcomed by the Hollywood Subiaco committee.
Matilda’s continues to be held on second and fourth Sunday of every month from 2-6pm.
Pay $5 at the door and share the love of making music. It’s an ‘open mike’ session, so if you fancy singing and playing to like-minded musicians, come along and put your name on the board. Or if you just like to see and hear people who love making music, please come along. Everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday from around 4pm -6pm a group gathers for a very informal ‘jam’ session. Again, everyone is welcome.
Venue address: 42 Smyth Road, Nedlands Western Australia 6009
Enquiries: Trevor Perree 0416 968 994

— The Grand Ball de Chidlow .(4th Saturday)
We now hold the Grand Ball de Chidlow on the 4th Saturday of the month, from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Old Chidlow Hall.
We also are begging to run a bal folk (French folk dance) event in Perth, not regularly yet, but the next one will be in the 8th June, 6:30-9:30pm at the north Perth Town Hall.
We have a Facebook page called Bal Folk Perth, which has all the details for any upcoming bal folks in the Perth region.
We have an email address for the above events which is: balfolkperth@gmail.com

25th June
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (usually monthly 4th Tuesday)
Rauoriwa Phillipps volunteered to lead us in ‘Hey Jude’ during our next club night. As you know Rauoriwa is a great singer and accomplished ukulele player who interprets songs in a unique and very musical style. This should be a treat for the club night and something to anticipate. Attached you will find the song sheet (with ukulele chords that I think work for guitar also). As it always is good to practice before performing, I thought you might appreciate receiving this early.
Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (MAMC) is normally 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.
Also… just a reminder that our “Song Writing Workshop” will be Saturday 6 July from 1 PM until 5 PM. Mark your calendars. It will be very affordable for club members. More details will soon follow.

28th June
— Folk and Shanty Club. (Monthly, last Friday)
Albany King River Hall 7pm-10pm
“The Albany Folk & Shanty Club” is hosted by “Amity Rogues ” on the last Friday of each month. Open mic night where you are invited to sing shanties, folk, traditional, recite poetry, play some tunes…and everything in between. Admission is $5/person, $10 per family, to help pay for the hire of the hall. BYO drinks and nibbles. Free hot drinks available. Family friendly

Friday 5th July
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. Entry $10. Tea, coffee, milo & biscuits included at interval.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter ‘Murph’ Murphy at murf2murf4@gmail.com
We will be taking a Winter Break in July and August so come and enjoy the best acoustic music in Town in warm Falls Farm while you can.

— WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Monthly Muster.
7 pm, TBC
The Auditorium, Swan Care Bentley Park, 26 Plantation Drive, Bentley WA
Contact: Bill Gordon billgordon1948@gmail.com Mob: 0428 651 098

12th July
— Wanneroo Folk Club.
This month we will be presenting another special event with Wayne Perry and Ian Simpson.
Join Wayne Perry and Ian Simpson as they take you on a magical musical journey of the music of John Denver. Starting from the first breakthrough hit of 1969, Leaving on a Jet Plane, weaving our way through the hits, Country Roads, Back Home Again, Sunshine on My Shoulders and delving into the classics of Fly Away, I’m Sorry, Grandmas Feather Bed and, of course, Calypso and many more. Two hours of great musical memories from the most beloved Singer/Songwriter of the 70s.
Wayne Perry (vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar) . A singer/songwriter who has travelled extensively through Australia and overseas, Wayne grew up playing John’s songs as part of his song writing journey. A fine finger style guitarist, Wayne’s tenor vocals are well suited to the tender ballads and soaring high ranges of John Denver’s repertoire.
Ian Simpson (banjo, guitar, dobro, vocals ) needs no introduction, but for those who, incredibly, haven’t heard of this talented stalwart of the country music scene, Ian has played with the legendary Slim Dusty Travelling Country Band, is co-founder of the popular Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, and is known as the finest banjo player in Australia, amongst other accolades too numerous to mention . Ian will accompany Wayne with tasteful backing vocals, dobro guitar and blistering banjo.
We will have sound enhancement this month.
To pre-book for this show please email wafolk@hotmail.com.au and we will forward on the payment details. Doors open 7 pm for a 7:30 start
Tea & coffee provided, for other refreshment bring your own
Admission: $15 ($12 WAFF Members) please note: door sales if it is not sold out, Cash is preferred, Card facilities will be available.
Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale cnr Dorchester Ave, Warwick. If the car park is full there is overfolw parking by the Warwick Community hall next door via the shopping ctr car park.
If you want more info please Email: wafolk@hotmail.com or check www.wafolk.org.au

Saturday 13 July
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club – Song Writing Workshop.
Phil Gray is Warralakin. He has lived and worked in the wilds of Western Australia and has a lifetime of story, song and verse that reflects an Australian way of life. Songs and stories of whalers, shearers, drovers, miners, drillers, fishermen, and all those women, men, kids and dogs who make up this great land of ours. From playing around campfires on the Nullarbor Plain, singing in wild Irish themed Kalgoorlie pubs, Gascoyne shearing sheds and Murchison community gatherings.
Phil is a founding member of Loaded Dog. Along with the ‘Dog’, and singularly, he has performed at the National, Top Half, Illawarra, Fairbridge, Nannup, Araluen, Nanga, Folk in the Forest Festivals and Albany International Folk’n’Shanty Festival. He’s fought fires and been bitten by dogs, kangaroos, snakes, penguins and various spielers and snake oil salesmen. Some of these stories have been turned into songs, and some have made it into verse (not many). Phil has now been joined by his wife, Yvonne, and together they have taken Warralakin a further step down the road. Their album ‘Rhythms of the Outback’ was a finalist in the 2023 Australian Folk Alliance Awards for Traditional Album of the Year.
If you are free, please come along and join us on July 13, 2024, as we explore ‘Song Writing – from a Warralakin perspective’.
Please contact Al at oakyfolky1@msn.com if you’re attending.

Saturday 20th July 2024
— Mandurah Soiree.
Starting as usual at 2.30p.m., break at 3.30p.m.for coffee, tea, nibbles, and if you wish, your favourite libation, then re-commencing at 4p.m., and nominally finishing about 5.00. There will of course be the opportunity to hang around for those who want to join a “Jam Session”. The theme will be confirmed later!! Please let us know as soon as possible if you intend coming as a performer or as part of the audience, so we can get a rough idea of seating etc. Look forward catching up with you all. By the way, if you are unsure of the address, please email the address below, and details will be provided. We have to do this because the Soiree is held in a family home, and seating is limited. Please accept my apologies for the late notice, which was unavoidable due to some confusion on my part.
If you have any questions, please email or give me a call. We look forward to catching up with you all. email Ian ilo78333@bigpond.net.au

21st July
— Greenbushes Acoustic. (3rd Sunday) TBC
Greenbushes Acoustic has been operating since September 2020. We aim to bring more live acoustic music to Greenbushes in Western Australia.
From June 2021 during the colder months the group meets regularly on a third Sunday of the month at the RSL Hall in Greenbushes, between 1:30 and 3:30pm. 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.

4 – 6 October
— The Nanga Music Festival.
2024 VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT, Fairbridge Village and Pinjarra Civic Centre
The Nanga Music Festival is pleased to announce new venues for 2024 at Fairbridge Village and the Pinjarra Civic Centre. The festival had enjoyed years of generous sponsorship from its previous venue, Nanga Bush Camp – but a change of ownership led to the need for a new home. Our new venues are thanks to the continuing support of the Shire of Murray and our new partner, Fairbridge Village. Friday’s opening night dinner and concert will be held at Fairbridge Village Dining Hall. The Pinjarra Civic Centre will seat up to 300 for the Saturday and Sunday programs, with its Lesser Hall hosting our traditional Listening Gallery and workshops. Meals at the Civic Centre will be catered for both days by Nimrod Kazoom.
Shared, mostly communal-style accommodation will be available at Fairbridge Village through our ticketing system. Various other accommodation options around the Pinjarra area will also be available, including the caravan park.
An exciting program of musicians and performers from WA and around Australia, and other familiar parts of the Nanga program will continue to feature in this transitional festival. Tickets will go on sale in mid-July. Watch out for another mailing from us to let you know exactly when and with full event details.
In the meantime, there is much work to be done. The NMF committee is proud to continue a tradition that started many years ago at Araluen.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who posted messages of support when the loss-of-venue announcement was made. We really appreciated the sentiment. Now, please tell your friends to join the Facebook event to keep up to date with developments.
See you 4 – 6 October in Pinjarra! https://nanga music Festival

16th September
— Guitarra .
Regat Theatre, Subiaco
Abstract Touring & Leslie Hinton proudly presents the highly anticipated collaboration of the world-renowned flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, and Australia’s own virtuosos, the Grigoryan Brothers. Joining them on their 2024 National Tour is none other than flamenco master Rafael Montilla.
Prepare to be mesmerized by an unforgettable evening of solo performances, building up to a grand finale where all four maestros will grace the stage together. This is a must-see experience for music aficionados, promising an extraordinary fusion of talent and passion.
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=GUITARRA24

15th – 17th November 2024
— Folk in the Forest .
Little Folk are excited to announce the dates for this year’s Folk in the Forest Festival at Banksia Springs in Dwellingup – Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2024. Pop it in your calendar today! Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20th May 2024 at 9am.
A great response from performers so far, but if you’d like to add your name to the list, you’re still in with a chance. Expect to hear the likes of Peter Bugden, Bernard Carney, Colleen Dixon (she used to be a Penguin), Iris Jones (with a new presentation) and fresh from their World Premiere Performance at Perth Concert Hall, Rob Zielinsky and Manuela Centanni. There will be a host of others!
A ticket for the weekend is only $70 until 30 September, $85 thereafter so to avoid missing out, visit our website as soon as you can, go to the Folk in the Forest page to find the Book Here button and take it from there. Accommodation prices remain unchanged – $50pp per night for beds in lodge and cottages, $25pp per night for camping. Further information for the festival will be available in the coming weeks.
Please contact us at folkintheforest@gmail.com.au.

Regular Song & Spoken Word Events
(for more club details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Fridays

1st of Month

Hills Folk Club contact: paulinekevin@bigpond.com
Bush Poets & Yarnspinners Bill Gordon billgordon1948@gmail.com Mob: 0428 651 098

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact: wafolk@hotmail.com
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk’n’Blues

4th of

Sundays

2nd of

2pm-6pm Matilda’s Music Club Hollywood Bowling club, Smyth Road, Nedlands Western Australia 6009 Trevor Perree 0416 968 994
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

4th of

2pm-6pm Matilda’s Music Club Hollywood Bowling club, Smyth Road, Nedlands Western Australia 6009 Trevor Perree 0416 968 994

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

  Tuesday

Every

Wax Lyrical, Leederville

Wednesday

Every

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

WEDNESDAY
Marlee Morris 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact 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

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

SATURDAY
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 4th Saturday month 5:30 – 9pm The Old Chidlow Hall. balfolkperth@gmail.com

SUNDAY
Marlee Morris 9am-noon (3rd & 4th of the Month)
Contact email: marleemorris@morris.org.au
Fair Maids of Perth North-West Morris dancing.
Meet fortnightly 1.30 to 3.30pm on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Seaward Guide Hall, 121 Monash Ave, Nedlands
Email: fantasia66@hotmail.com Phone No: 9228 4962 Web: http://fairmaidsofperth.dance
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