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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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

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!

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

2–4 June 2023
— Denmark Festival of Voice.
Last year was an interesting year. But this year Denmark Festival of Voice is turning 20! Twenty years of dedication to the power and beauty of the [human] voice. There’s so many people who have contributed to the history of this festival and it’s an honour for Denmark Arts to continue the legacy.
We will be having a launch party of the revamped Civic Centre. The Opening Ceremony will be truly special. The line up is looking good. There’s magic in the air.
It’ll be a special winter in Denmark and we’d love for you to join us.
Tickets are available now through the Denmark Arts website or at denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au

Friday 9th June
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
This month we have COBWEBS who meet every Friday afternoon to create music, have fun and a beer or two and discuss the qualities of fine wine (usually from Aldi). This has been happening for over 20 years, and has resulted in the fine musicianship and bad jokes you will hear. Also accounts for the big bellies and mayhem.
Cobwebs is: Bob Emery: guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals. Bob formed Fiddlers Green in Perth (13 years) after a start in the Pilbara, where he met Laurie Dodd, and they formed the Famous Cossack Bush Band. Member Mucky Duck Bush Band for 6 years.
Lawrie Dodd: guitar, bass, vocals, luthier. Once built a Bindara Bass with a case that could hold 2 cartons of beer with ice (and frequently did). Also built some fine instruments.
Russell Jenkins: Russell brews beer, wine, plays harmonica, double bass and sings a lot, often without a microphone. A powerful voice and thirst.
Les Fullwood: Banjo, mandolin provides the pies and rehearsal venue. Built two planes at Serpentine and loves a good twang.
Support for the night will be Stinger Nettleton from the Bush Poets association and the Ed Bettga & Bill Cullen Duo.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Admission: $12 ($10 for WAFF members). Card facilities will be available.
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dugdale and Dorchester St, Warwick
If you want to play at Wanneroo Folk Club Email: Rob Oats
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

11th June
–Matilda’s music .(2nd and 4th Sunday)
Matilda’s music, formerly run out of Claremont Recreation Club, 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 3-6pm.
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

Thursday 15th June 2023
— Sign of Four House concert .
Sign of Four is a contemporary string quartet formed in 2022 by Shenzo Gregorio, Daniel Drieberg, Mardae Selepak and Jude Iddison.
Their innovative and intricate original compositions and interpretations explore the sonic possibilities of combining violins, guitars, mandolin and octave viola with lush vocal harmonies. Drawing from classical, jazz, Celtic, Latin and rock foundations, Sign of Four takes audiences on an exhilarating and inspiring musical journey, from Vivaldi to AC/DC, Reinhardt, Piazzolla, Sting and beyond. Shenzo Gregorio brings decades of musical experience and innovation, being a master of violin and guitar. Daniel Drieberg is a prize winning WAAPA jazz graduate with skills on violin, mandolin and vocals. Mardae Selepak composes and plays sublime classical guitar; and Jude Iddison is studying a Masters of violin improvising and brings a diverse range of musical styles to her violin playing and compositions.
Supported by Red Sea Pedestrians
Mt Hawthorn location…Seats are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Bookings are essential – for bookings and further details, please email: mellie1@iinet.net.au 7pm for 7.30 start $30 Entry

16th June
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
As a general guide, 4 acts are presented in the evening with 2 x 20min breaks. Our bar will be open, offering better than pub prices and a meal will be available to purchase.
Please note: the kitchen staff will prepare a set quantity of meals. The intention is NOT to cater for people arriving late and once sold out, it’s gone.
Acts vary from solo performers to 5 piece ensembles and great care is taken to present a variety of genres falling under the ACOUSTIC folk n’ blues category which is fairly diverse these days, so there is usually something to suit everybody’s taste.
Bar has card payment options.
The cost for entry is $10.
Doors open at 6.45pm Show begins at 7.30pm and will usually finish around 10.30pm.
For more information, please contact mundaringfolknblues@gmail.com

Sunday 18th June
— 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.
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.

23 June 2023
— Factory Concert. Enda Kenny.
Great news for all our Factory Concert enthusiasts – Enda Kenny is coming to town!
He’s on his way from Victoria to do a 3-month gig tour in Europe, UK and Ireland so this is your only chance to catch him for a while. He offered this concert at last year’s Folk in the Forest when we celebrated making donations of more than $250,000.00 to Perth Children’s Hospital.
The Big Picture Factory, 119, Campbell Street, Rivervale WA 6103
Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm (sharp!) start
Tickets $25.00 each and bookings are now open. To purchase visit https://www.littlefolkinc.com, go to House concerts and click Book Now (There are no door sales)
BYOG. Tea, coffee and a light supper available during the break. We look forward to seeing you there for another memorable night.

Saturday 24 June 2023
— Maria Forde with Jamie McKinnon & Fred Rea.
5:30 PM – 10:30 PM Fremantle Park Sport & Community Centre,36 Ellen St, Fremantle WA 6160
Maria Forde is an Irish Australian singer-songwriter based in country Victoria. Her parents emigrated from Ireland, and Maria was born several weeks later. Maria draws upon her love of her Irish heritage and Australia when writing songs for her nine albums. Audiences love her storytelling, humorous anecdotes, and powerful voice when she performs in concert. Maria’s songs have been covered by some of Ireland’s favourite musicians, including the Fureys. One of Maria’s most memorable performance highlights was singing ‘Ireland Calls’ before a live football audience of over 40,000.
Maria will be joined by special guests Jamie McKinnon and Fred Rea
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1054481.

Sunday 25th June
— Jackadders Music Club (4th Sunday)
2.30pm Wembley Downs Scout Hall, 7 Dover Cresc. Wembley Downs.
Cost: adults $12 (WAFF Members $6) children free
For more information call 0412 777 061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Afternoon tea included
This is a West Australian Folk Federation Event.

–Matilda’s music .(2nd and 4th Sunday)
Matilda’s music, formerly run out of Claremont Recreation Club, 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 3-6pm.
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

27th June
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 4th Tuesday)
Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (MAMC) is 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.

30th June
— Folk and Shanty Club. (Monthly, last Friday)
Albany King River Hall 7pm-10pm
“The Albany Folk & Shanty Club” is hosted by “The Shantylillies” 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 7th July
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
Door entry fee will remain at $10 so don’t miss this fabulous opportunity in a great acoustic venue.
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. Entry $10. Free tea, coffee, milo & biscuits provided at interval.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com or Peter ‘Murph’ Murphy at murf2murf4@gmail.com

Saturday 15th of July
— Mandurah Soiree.
We look forward to catching up with all of you on Saturday 20th of May, usual starting time of 2.30p.m. breaking for nibbles and scintillating conversation at 3.30, and then on again at 4.00, finishing at 5.00p.m. with the usual “Jam Session” afterwards for those who wish to stay on for a bit. As you know, the theme is a suggestion only, so if nothing comes to mind, anything will do.
Further planned Soiree dates will be Saturday 23rd of September, and Saturday 18th of November. We will do our very best to maintain these dates, but we may have to alter them due to changing circumstances-please bear with us!! In the meantime we look forward to seeing you all.
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

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

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

Marlee Morris 9am-noon (3rd & 4th of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 0400 731 049 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


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

EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com

WEBSITE: www.wafolk.org.au

ABN: 23 052 531 632