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.
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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.

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Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied)

PLEASE NOTE There are some conditions in place due to COVID-19 for venues around WA. Please try to support the music that is out there to entertain you.
Please note that we don’t see all events on Facebook so if you know of or ar running an event send info 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. 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 now need to keep a register of attendees. This is mandatory so please don’t complain to the organisers and give all the details required, better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly register.

February 19th (3rd Friday)
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.
KEVIN McKENNA (Guitar – Vocals) Armed with a selection of songs best described as sad to the downright miserable, the current club organiser returns to open our February proceedings and resume McKennanoise. Quoting Steve Tilston, “It’s only the truly miserable songs that endure”. Having first found the courage to perform in his native county of Yorkshire, the years of musical involvement since, performing or otherwise, has provided a raft of alternate influences and performance techniques. Developing a “picking style” to accompany and compliment practised, easy listening vocals, his tendency is to favour songs crafted with the ability to turn words into visual imgages. Hence, his admiration for the most celebrated of “musical poets”, L.Cohen & B.Dylan, to name but two.
SABRINA IVES (Guitar – Vocals) This singer / songwriter, originating in W.A.’s south (Denmark), first came to our attention in February ’19, as a first year WAAPA student. She made it perfectly clear then, that she had both the talent & passion to stay the course. Sabrina is now preparing to embark on her final year of a Bachelor of Arts (Music) guaranteeing her a future in the musical environment of her choice. Singing & busking from an early age & having the good fortune to have played venues in N.Ireland, Scotland & England, her heritage plays an obvious role in her song writing. Combining Welsh / Celtic muse with contemporary messages, her first official song release, “Flourish”, reflects on childhood memories while her latest offering, “Living Hope”, is a powerful but touching tribute to all those fighting the pandemic, and highlights her sensitivity and musical progress. It also shows her hope for the future and a resolution to the crisis. Nominated for the Channel 7 News – Young Achievers award in 2020, Sabrina is now busy recording and ready to present a collection of original songs, with a CD release imminent.
Mr. PHIL BECK (Guitar – Vocals) There have been many things said about Phil Beck over the years, most of which he will admit are true. We welcome back a musician with an enduring passion for the traditional without overlooking the contemporary. For some, a surprising sentimentalist and, if the mood takes him, a raconteur with the ability to make his audience leak a little. His history with, and support of, MFnBC through performing or simply observing stretches back to the venue we used previously. In those days Phil appeared with the renowned quartet Hobson’s Choice. Now recognised for outstanding solo performances, Phil is also a collector and interpreter of songs with a vast repertoire, of which his 3 compilation CD’s offer substantial proof. He is a welcome addition to any line up, as his popularity at folk festivals Australia wide indicates.
Having taken a while to arrive but eventually finding their way to MFnBC, “The LOST FOLLOWERS”, are the first brand new act to join us this year. As a raw high energy act, presenting a newer more contemporary face of Bluegrass, they should not to be confused with the more traditional Kentucky Bluegrass to which we are accustomed. Perhaps we could call their style “Newgrass”. This five-piece ensemble featuring Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar and D/Bass and close three-part harmonies formed in 2017. Initially playing at parties & pub venues in the deep, dark, southern bayou territories, before earning a residency at Holy Smokes in Fremantle. Drawing inspiration from music legends such as Tim O’Brien, Gerry Garcia and Tim Rice, the band adds their own unique flavour to bluegrass standards, as well as more obscure tunes. They’ve frequently been accused of leaving audiences “thigh slappin’, toe tappin’ & a-hollerin’ for more”. The LOST FOLLOWERS are: Dave(Banjo), Alyssa(Fiddle & Tenor Vocal), Ben(Guitar & Lead Vocal), Fred(Double Bass) and Mark(Mandolin & Baritone Vocal). For those of you who are lucky enough to be attending, The Lost Followers have been included on the bill of this year’s Nannup Festival.
Bar and Food available. This month’s menu: Beef stew and rice, Vegetarian option: Stir-fried noodles and vegetables
As per usual, we have LIMITED capacity and refusing entry is never an envious task. Doors will open at 6.45pm. First come, best dressed.

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2021
— Jane and the Rain.
Jane Cornes, musical director of Nanga Music festival for ten years, is about to leave WA for Brisbane along with husband Neil Steward. We’d like to give them a rousing send off by hosting their final gig in WA. They will perform as Jane and the Rain along with bassist Chris Clark. House concert is a slight misnomer this time, as Peter Stone, printer, photographer and man of many parts, has offered his factory in Belmont as our venue for the occasion. This should definitely be an evening with a difference.
DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start THE BIG PICTURE FACTORY, 119 CAMPBELL STREET, BELMONT WA
TICKETS: $25.00 via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BOPOV
Coffee, tea and a light supper will be available during the break. BYOG.
We remain optimistic and look forward to a night of superb music and song.
If we do have to change our planning, a full refund will be made OR if you wish you may use these tickets instead on Friday 12 March for the second in this series of concerts which will feature Nine Mile Hill from Albany, time and venue will be advised later.
Looking forward to seeing you on 19 February! (from Connie, on behalf of Little Folk.)

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

27th February
— Folk on the Water.
Hillarys Boat Harbour. Free Event.
In collaboration with Hillarys Boat harbour and the Perth Fringe Festival the West Australian Folk Federation present a mini folk festival.
Folk on the Water is a respectful nod to Newport, Fairbridge and all the other great festivals that keep roots music in the collective consciousness? Comprised entirely of West Australian talent this two-stage event features solo artists, duos and bands presenting a range of folk sounds from Australia, Ireland, Scotland, and all corners of the planet. Come for the music, stay for the day.
Commencing at 12:30 this is free event at Hillarys Boardwalk.
Main stage.
11.30 – Ashlea and Marlee. Be transported back in time as Ashlea and Marlee 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. Captivating audiences with her charming stories of local outlaws, Reale’s song writing style displays her ability to combine humour with the heartfelt through clever melodic devices. Paired with the influence of American blues guitarist Wanseth, this duo give a performance not to be missed! 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”, was set to be released on December 8th.
12.30 – The Rambling Bilbies have burrowed through the music archives to present a variety of unplugged style of music genre hopping from self-penned contemporary ballads through to almost all styles including acoustic folk/rock, blues, Celtic, ballads, Oz, and more. Some are well known favourites, others are obscure songs from our varied background and strange listening habits combining original material with classics and modern songs as well as a wide range of instrumentals. We have been performing together around WA for many years at clubs, festivals, schools, dances, etc.
1.30 – The Spirit of Alba evolved after Tim and Fiona recognised a mutual love of contemporary Celtic music. The band’s eclectic range of traditional tunes is amplified by the innovative compositions from piper Stuart. Artistic jazz chords from Paul and rhythmic beats from Matt enhances the band’s exploration into a musical journey from Nova Scotia to the length and breadth of Scotland… and beyond.
2.30 – Numguts Bush Band established 1983 is one of, if not the, longest performing bush bands of Western Australia. This highly talented and experienced band of professional musicians is much sought after for Bush Dances, concerts, weddings, corporate functions, school and university events and anywhere people want a guaranteed good time.
3:30 – Bluegrass Parkway is the premier bluegrass band in WA playing Kentucky style and sure to get your feet tapping and face smiling.
between 3pm and 4pm – Marlee Morris is a mixed gender mixed Border and Cotswold Morris side that choose varied dances from these traditions. Laurel’s considerable dance teaching experience combined with Tom’s 40 plus years of Morris experience result in a high-quality spirited display that is both energetic and interesting. Marlee will be dancing at various places around the boardwalk.
The Homegrown Stage. From noon to 4.30.
This stage will feature local solo acoustic acts that are active on the WA Folk scene.
Come and be amazed at the depth of local folk talent in WA.

26 February – 1 March 2021
— Nannup Music Festival 2021.
SOLD OUT
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:
CARLA GENEVE, SIOBHAN COTCHIN, JACK DAVIES, VERGE COLLECTION, THE FLOORS, TOM FISHER & THE LAYABOUTS, THE NOMADICS, THE JUSTIN WALSHE FOLK MACHINE.
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

Sunday 28th February
— 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.

Friday 5th March
— Hills Folk Club.
(February was postponed, we will confirm the show below when we get the nod.)
Our special guest performer will be folk singer Graham Wilson. He will perform a selection of traditional songs from his native Scotland and some contemporary songs as well. Graham’s powerful voice is clearly heard in the acoustic setting of the Cottage Parlour. Interestingly Graham has lived in both Belgium and Italy so he may well add a beautiful French ballad or Belgian tune into the mix. We are delighted to welcome him back to the Folk Club after a long break.
There will be room for a few quick spots for other performers.
We will endeavour to follow the Covid rules and provide hand sanitiser at the door and a list of people attending or you can use the Govt. app.
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry

Sun 7th Mar 2021
— An Evening with The Wayward Earls.
Witty, gritty and pretty (OK maybe not that pretty); the Wayward Earls presents an evening of opposable-toe-tapping swing. From knuckle-dragging blues to highly-evolved ragtime and jazz, Peter, Bob and Rod will have you swinging from the trees. Bring a foraging plate and your choice of beverage.
Louise and Jame’s, 3 Morley Pl, Middleton Beach WA 6330, Australia, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
https://events.humanitix.com/

8 March
— Supperclub 2021.
Hi Supperclubbers. Happy New Year and let’s hope it’s a better one! As most of you know, Neilo and I are moving to Brisbane in mid March, but we have a few Supperclub events up our collective sleeves before we go….
Helen Shanahan, a supperclub fave, fresh from having her first baby.
A link to tickets, and a copy of the current menu, are to be found here: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
I will not be completely giving up Supperclub and hope (Covid allowing) to continue occasional events when I’m visiting Perth – I’ll keep you in the loop about these as and when they are scheduled.

Friday 12th March
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Next Month we hope to be back to normal with Jim Jam as the featured act on March 12th.
There will be the floor spots as usual. If you want a spot contact John Ralph.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Sorry but you will need to COVID register at the door
Admission will be $10 ($8 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

9-11 April 2021
— Fairbridge Festival.
One of the best things about Fairbridge Festival is that there truly is something for everyone here. We have a massive lineup of artists and performers, from all corners of the globe to right here in our own back yard. Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Fairbridge Village, the festival site is divided up into a few precincts, to cater for everyone from 1 year olds up to 100 year olds! Over the three days, there is an abundance of music, dance, free workshops, crafts, market stalls, delicious food, street theatre, comedy, in-conversation, jam sessions and so much more! Let us show you some of the venues on site that are home to the magic!
https://www.fairbridgefestival.com.au/

Monday 12 April
— Craig Sinclair returns to WA.
One of Supperclub’s favourite sons, the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig Sinclair, will be in WA for the Fairbridge Music Festival and has agreed to perform at Supperclub on Monday 12 April with the marvellous Jude Iddison and Margie Williams.
This is a rare opportunity to catch Craig in WA, and is also the first Supperclub hosted by Little Folk Inc., who will be using these events to raise funds for research into children’s cancer.
We have also today launched the Little Folk Inc Supperclub website, where you can buy your tickets for Craig’s show on 12 April and all future supperclubs: https://www.littlefolkinc.com/monday-supperclub.html (PS If you still want tickets for Supperclub events in February and March please go Here.)

Saturday 29th May, 2021
— Scotland Will Flourish .
Postponed due to COVID Restrictions
that the concert has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th May under the same conditions. Log in to purchase tickets will be notified nearer the time – about the 8th of May so anyone who missed out by not being around for the 13th will have the chance to get on board for the new date.
It has been a long time since I was able to put on a concert at the Irish Club but we are up and running again with a double header on Saturday 13th February, 2021.
Scotland Will Flourish will feature the launch of his Wild Geese cd by Jamie McKinnon and Friends while the 2nd half will showcase the brilliant new band Spirit of Alba with their driving traditional tunes, a song or two and a great stage presence.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions audience numbers are limited so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
The TryBooking link is https://www.trybooking.com/BNVFO and you can search for it on the Try Booking site by entering Scotland will Flourish and the date if the link does not work.
Live music is back and your support will be much appreciated.

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

4th of

Sundays

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)

Every

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

Monday

1st.of

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

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, 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

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
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

THURSDAY
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

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, 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

SUNDAY
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

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