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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It is inexpensive and helps to pay for this service.

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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.
If you have a web site please add a link from your page to ours.

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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

PLEASE NOTE
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 it maybe preferable to stay home and look after yourself. We don’t want these viruses spread unnecessarily, PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!
COVID-19 Registration is mandatory at most venues so please give all the details required (which means Given & Surname), better still download the SafeWA App and use it to register quickly.

Friday 6th August
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
Falls Farm Cottage, Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie.
We think we can now confidently report to you that Fo’c’sle Firkins will be able to ‘pull on the ropes & climb up the mast’ at our August Folk Club. We wish the Albany Shanty Festival all the best in being able to conduct their Festival. Will keep you posted on the Hills Club.

Saturday 7th August
— The West Australian Mandolin Orchestra.
Rhein-Donau Club, 110 North Lake Rd. Myaree
Cafe Concert featuring all Australian composers, including 3 world premieres. starts at 3 pm.
Tickets cost $20 (no concessions) www.trybooking.com/events
Kitchen and bar facilities available.
Ed on 0412 254 034 Email: wamandolins@gmail.com Web: http://www.wamo.com.au/events.php

Sunday 8th August
— 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.

— Simmo’s 60th Bluegrass Spectacular.
Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle 2-5 pm
Artists include: The Lost Followers, Bluegrass Parkway, City Slickers, Hamilton Hillbillies and special guests
Free Entry
www.clancysfishpub.com.au

9th August
— Monday Supperclub.
August will introduce you to David Cutler, a singer/songwriter/guitarist of outstanding quality. He has been a main-concert act at Folk in the Forest for a number of years and you might have been lucky enough to catch him at Mundaring or Wanneroo folk club. A gentle singing style, delightful wordcraft and sensitive guitar playing make for a thoroughly enjoyable performance.
Lucy Dougan, poet extraordinaire, with several poetry books to her name, is our spoken word performer for the evening.
Tickets $45.00. Online booking only — no door sales.
Doors open 6.30pm. Guests seated 6.45pm. Spoken word 7.00pm.
Dinner served 7.30pm. Musical performance 8.15pm.
Coffee/tea served 9.00pm. Doors close 9.30pm
. Book your tickets at https://www.littlefolkinc.com

THURSDAY, 12 AUGUST 2021
— Scottish Stramash.
7:00 PM -9:00 PM Irish Club Western Australia
A Night of Traditional Scottish Music and Song with our friends from the St Andrews Society.
Come join in as a musician or join in with the St Andrews dancers. Restaurant will also be open.

Friday 13th August
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
This month the feature artist is Bev Abela.
Bev Abela will take you on a roller coaster ride with her soulful original songs inspired by her life experiences. As she tells the stories behind the songs of love, loss and life, there will be tears and laughter, but she will cradle you softly with her warm voice, lush melodies and unique sense of humour.
As normal there will be the floor spots.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
At this stage you will need to COVID register at the door
Admission $10 ($8 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
If you want to play Email: Jim McGuire
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Saturday 14th August
— Bluegrass Parkway Winter Concert.
At the fabulous Fremantle Sport and Community Centre, 36 Ellen St
doors open 5:30, music at 7:30
Meals avalable.
Tickets $25 from stickytickets.com

SUNDAY 15th August
— Jackadders Music Club(3rd Sunday)
The South African Gospel Choir are coming to entertain us at Jackadder’s. They are a Multi National Choir who sing both English and African Gospel songs to the beat of an African Drum with dance moves. They are a fun loving group who are out to entertain the audience and encourage them in song and some dance movements. Their Conductor is Sylva Bright. The choir regularly sings at church and has performed at many prestigious events.
VENUE: Perth Horse and Pony Club, Jon Sanders Drive, Herdsman (turn into Herdsman lake at Selby St North sign)
COST: Adults, $12 Children free
TIME: 2.30 – 5PM
COST: $12 Adults Children free.
For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com — Greenbushes Acoustic.(3rd Sunday)
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.
We are planning a low key acoustic music gathering on the weekend 18-19 September. The event is co-hosted by our local Art Trail, under the theme unplugged. More details soon.
Ring Lee on 0491 009 134 or Irma on 0466 640 455 for more information.

20 August
— Scott Wise & Peter Woodward.
Factory Concert – Big Picture Factory, 119 Campbell Street, Belmont Scott Wise and Peter Woodward have been playing country blues together for over forty years. They form the nucleus of the Ten Cent Shooters trio and feature classic blues and related songs with fingerstyle guitar, vocals, harmonica, mandolin and bottleneck slide guitar
This is your opportunity to hear two great musicians with the skills only a lifetime of dedication can produce. Many of you enjoyed Scott’s workshop at the first WA Folk Festival — that was fifty years ago. This concert will be the fourth held at Peter Stone’s Big Picture Factory and the previous three sold out. Please book early to avoid missing out.
Go to our website https://www.littlefolkinc.com , click House Concerts and then Book Now to secure your tickets
Tickets: $25.00 each Doors open: 7.00pm CONCERT STARTS: 7.30pm sharp!
Tea, coffee and a light supper will be provided during the break. BYOG — wine glasses are available. No need to bring chairs, we have sufficient
Covid 19 regulations will, if applicable, be adhered to.

— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mdg.
The usual crew will be manning the decks and look forward to sharing the experience with you.
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.

24th August
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
This month we have a ‘learning song’ lead by those fabulous young handsome musical men from RAFFA village — the Reclining Rockers. There will be a few other surprises and naturally (hopefully?) all your friends will be there.
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

— Leederville Songwriters Club.
The 21st Amendment, 11/663 Newcastle St. from 7:00 pm UTC+08-10:00 pm
The Beaufort St Songwriters Club presents a special residency in Leederville celebrating original music and the songwriters of WA, in Perth’s best entertainment hubs.
You’ll love this wholesome event with the carefully curated lineups of exceptional WA singer-songwriter talents: ~ Grant Harris ~ Angie Colman ~ Dawn Barrington ~ Lee Lampropoulos $5 ENTRY
https://www.facebook.com/events/Leederville Songwriters

17-19 September
— Greenbushes Acoustic Music and Art Trail.
The event starts on Friday at 5:30pm with a launch at the local RSL Hall, including live music and the art exhibition opening.
For Saturday we are planning innovative pop-up performances at various locations around town, interwoven with art displays, including the mine lookout, Heritage Park, the old Gaol, the RSL Hall, the community garden and more. In case of inclement weather most performances will move to the Town Hall.
Performances include acoustic music, choirs, bush poetry and other poetry, also there will be a bush dance on Saturday afternoon at the Town Hall. There will be an inclusive Music Cafe on Saturday morning. Sunday will include a Poet’s Brunch, open mic sessions, slow jams and our usual folk club in the afternoon. Jam space for celtic music players will be made available at a local pub. More info from Lee and Irma from Greenbushes Acoustic greenbushesacoustic@gmail.com

19th September
— Folk In Mandurah (generally 3rd Sunday Bi-Monthly TBC)
We are running the Soirée every second month, and attempting to make it the Third Sunday of the month concerned. The basis is mainly folk, but we have also had a classical pianist, and because of connections with similar organisations, we have been able to have folk performers from a number of countries perform on a regular basis. The concept is still basically the same as Ian and Tania started with, that is good performers using a private house to mutually enjoy music.
There is no door charge, or membership fee, most of the new performers are recommended by current acts, and are invited to come along.
Being a private house, we are limited to about 20 to 25 people, some of whom stay on after the formal programme for what has become a regular event – the evening sing along, jam session, and general discussion on instrument techniques, new songs etc.
Ian and Lusy Long ilo78333@bigpond.net.au.

8-10th October
— Nanga Music Festival.
Nanga Bush Camp Earlybird ticket sales for Nanga Music Festival opened this morning for one week only up until midnight on Saturday 24 July. Earlybird numbers are limited, so book now to ensure your place in the fun!
Please find all ticketing details on our website HERE. This page also has links for meal ticket sales and a menu.
A one-venue acoustic music festival in the beautiful Western Australian jarrah forest. Concerts, workshops, sessions, wood fires, food and more!
We’re cooking up a cracker of a Nanga Music Festival for you 8-10 October this year! Earlybird tickets will go on sale 18 July. Please save the dates. It’s never too early to start talking to your crew and look out for our Facebook event.
Also, if you know of any budding young singer/songwriters then please alert them to the fabulous opportunity the Nanga Music Festival Youth Scholarship offers – full details here.
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)

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
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
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 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

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
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, 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

SUNDAY
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

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