WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

Acoustic Music, Dance & Spoken Word events
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by submitting your WA Folk or acoustic music event to this calendar.
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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:      
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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.

Friday 2nd December
— Hills Folk Club.(1st Friday)
Hills Folk Club has sung its way through that inconvenience called COVID and are looking forward to celebrating the good things about music and friendships at our gathering on Friday 2nd December.
Rochelle and Yzzy of Shady Jane were so popular last month that we have invited them back for a longer bracket this time. It is a pleasure to have young talented performers at the Club.
Also featuring ‘Hills Folk’ with Mark Brockman on acoustic guitar, Dave Lazaro on percussion, Ian Beldon & Sharon Lush vocals. Kevin will pop up there also.
Our 3rd act will be John Ralph who is well known on the music scene for his excellent guitar playing & singing enjoyable songs.
There will be a couple of quick spots for people who want to perform their favourite yuletide song.
Which leads me to remind our performers that as a prelude to creating happiness & goodwill for the forthcoming festive season, could all songs please have a happy ending.
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

3rd December
— Chittering Bush Dance.
34 Santa Gertrudis Drive, Lower Chittering from 7pm -11pm
Due to overwhelming demand Divine Mercy Church is holding its second Bush Dance fundraiser of the year! Please join us for a night of great music, food and fun (and dancing, of course)! Burgers, hotdogs and waffles available for purchase.
BYO drinks, $20 per adult, $10 per under 18 & Ages 5 and under free!
Live music provided by Paul Wright and the Crestwell family, with Tom Moir calling!
Limited tickets – online bookings are essential. To buy tickets please visit: https://dmcbushdance.eventbrite.com.au.

7th December
— Scottish Stramash.
7 pm – 9 pm. Seasonal Brewing Co in Maylands
Scottish Stramash’s mission is embracing Scottish music in WA. Run by Fiona Davidson and Linda Gauld, fiddlers from the North East of Scotland, they started their very first “session” 4 years ago. Today, we have around 25 session players; although there might be 12 at a time. If you play the accordion, fiddle, whistle, guitar, or bodhran, or maybe you’re a singer, join us as we embrace the bonny tunes of Scotland. All levels of musicianship will be made very welcome.
Two sessions are scheduled for December; Seasonal Brewing Co in Maylands will be a slower-paced one, but the one at The Claisebrook Bar will be a cracker. What better way to start the Festivities? Want to know more? www.scottishstramash.com or email scottishstramash@gmail.com

Friday 9th December
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Feature act will be Waralakin with a few well known extras joining Phil and Josh for the night.
There will be support from John Ralph and Carmael Charlton and being the annual wide up leading to the festive season there will be plenty of chance to sing along with some festive songs.
As usual for December bring a share plate for the Tea break.
Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
We would ask that if you have cold symptoms please consider staying home to recuperate rather than spreading it around.
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
January will be a Come-All-Ye so get a few songs read for the new year.
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Friday 16 December
— Factory concert – Graham Pirt.
Our last event for the year! We’re delighted to announce that ticket sales for the Graham Pirt concert are now open.
Go to https://www.littlefolkinc.com select House concerts and use the Book Now button to purchase your tickets.
Graham has been on the English folk scene since way back in the 60s, was part of Cockersdale with Keith Marsden from 1987 until Keith’s death in 1991 and continuing with Val Marsden and others until it disbanded in 2014. Visit Graham’s website grahampirt.com to learn lots more.
GRAHAM PIRT IN CONCERT supported by local band Five Star Trio
The Big Picture Factory, 119 Campbell Street, Rivervale WA
Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Tickets $25.00 (only available on Trybooking via the LITTLE FOLK website).
A light supper will be provided during the break. Please BYOG.
If you arrive early we ask that you remain outside until 7.00pm to allow us to get SET-UP and SOUND CHECKS completed on time.
Don’t delay! Book now! this will sell out fast! https://www.littlefolkinc.com

Sunday 18th December
— 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.

22nd December
— Scottish Stramash.
7 pm – 9 pm. The Claisebrook Bar
Book your table at https://claisebrookbar.com
Scottish Stramash’s mission is embracing Scottish music in WA. Run by Fiona Davidson and Linda Gauld, fiddlers from the North East of Scotland, they started their very first “session” 4 years ago. Today, we have around 25 session players; although there might be 12 at a time. If you play the accordion, fiddle, whistle, guitar, or bodhran, or maybe you’re a singer, join us as we embrace the bonny tunes of Scotland. All levels of musicianship will be made very welcome.
Two sessions are scheduled for December; Seasonal Brewing Co in Maylands will be a slower-paced one, but the one at The Claisebrook Bar will be a cracker. What better way to start the Festivities? Want to know more? www.scottishstramash.com or email scottishstramash@gmail.com

20th January
— Mundaring Folk n Blues Club.(3rd Friday)
Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mdg.
The Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues Club presents a wide variety of local and international artists in the “folk and blues” genre, played LIVE.
The cost for entry is $10.
Doors open at 6.45pm Show begins at 7.30pm and will usually finish around 10.30pm.
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.
For more information, please contact mundaringfolknblues@gmail.com

21st January (TBC)
— Mandurah Soiree.
Welcome all!! As I previously mentioned, we are attempting to resume our pre-Covid programming of the third Saturday of every second month, so our next Soiree will be Saturday, 19th of November, and as usual starting at 2.30p.m. break at 3.30 t0 4.00, and finishing off at 5.00p.m., with the jam session continuing after the actual programme, for those who want to hang around for a while. The theme will be, “Work and Play”, bearing in mind that the theme is only suggested, and a reference may be as oblique as possible, and if nothing comes to mind, anything will be O.K. All we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending either as a performer, or as part of the audience, as we are limited in seating.
If you have any questions, please email or give me a call. We look forward to catching up with you all. Ian Long

24th January
— 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.

Sunday 26th February
— 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.

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

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
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

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