Wanneroo Folk Club

Wanneroo Folk Club is possibly the longest running club in WA. Originally run by Bob & Maureen Rummery and Don & Judith Shaw it is now run by John Ralph & Jamie McKinnon and a merry band of helpers under the sponsorship of the WA Folk Federation. It is a small and friendly club promoting acoustic music and those that perform it. The range of styles is quite varied but related to Folk in its many forms. Performers often comment how nice it is to play to an audience that listens and we encourage the audience to not talk while the performers are singing except to join in the choruses in full harmony.
On sing-a-round nights we sit in a circle and each person can contribute with a song or 2 depending on numbers, when we reach the end we have a break for a cuppa and the round the circle again. These are the nights when anyone can have ago, no PA or amps, purley acoustic. Come-all ye nights are like a blackboard system where the first 8-10 performers put their name on a list at the beginning of the night, played in the stage format maybe with PA and maybe not. Both of the formats give people who don’t often get up a chance to play a song or 2 or for the more seasoned to try out new songs.
On Guest nights we have a headline act Floor spots (usually pre-arranged) and sometimes a support act.
If you would like to perform at the club email John Ralph.

2nd Friday of the month
Doors open: 7:30pm, Music from 8pm
Entry price varies:
Guest Nights $10 ($8 WAFF Members).
Sing-a-round & Come-All-Ye nights $5 ($3 WAFF)
Email: John at johndralph@hotmail.com
Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick. (cnr Dorchester Ave)

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The next club night will be September 11th.
Feature artist will be Half a Jar. After a 25 year hiatus Half a Jar (Jim McGuire and Phil Roeterdink) will celebrate their re-union at the place where they first emerged – the Wanneroo Folk club. Half a Jar was an offshoot of the famous Blackboy Jam Bush Band (inc. Bob Rummery, Don and Judith Shaw and Ian McGuire) although there is some conjecture as to what came first – the Jar or the Jam.
As a tribute to Jenny Donovan, who passed away recently, Jim and Phil will have on offer a CD of their 1988 performance at ‘Jenny’s Place’ folk club in Bentley. This historic recording will be priced at a bargain $10 with all proceeds going to the Wanneroo Folk Club.
We will also have a few songs from Jamie McKinnon & friends to Launch Jamie’s new CD, Wild Geese. The CD is mainly Scottish but with 3 Irish songs too. So far it has sold well and is receiving great reviews so that is very gratifying. Along with Jamie the friends are Fiona Davidson on fiddle and harmony vocals, Ali MacKerron on Scottish small pipes and low whistle and John Ralph on mandolin, mandola and harmony vocals.

August 2020

First post COVID Lockdown guest night and an appreciative crowd came to be entertained by some talented performers. Opening the evening was David Beatie with a few tunes from popular songs in classical guitar style. Next up was Mike Tarca who is visiting family and got stranded here due to travel restrictions, a nice set of songs accompanied by his feet percussion and the monster accordion. The bushy Phil Gray was next with some Australiana with a special addition of Bob Rummery for the last song. Last of the 1st half floor spots was The Rambling Bilbies performing Rob’s songs that don’t come out very often plus a new one.
After the break our guest performer for the night was Peter Bugden. Peter is a very funny man and didn’t disappoint with his selection of songs and his witty introductions. He also surprised us with a couple of serious songs as well. Overall it was a great night and the audience went home with smiles on their faces.

July 2020

The air was as sharp as a barbers razor but when you walk into the Wanneroo Folk Club’s singaround the atmosphere was warmed with friends and those we haven’t met yet.
After an extended break a smaller than normal crowd was in attendance but it was a nice evening sharing songs around the room after a break during lockdown. With COVID regulations in place we were rather spaced out but it didn’t stop the wonderful songs and tunes.

March 2020

A depleted crowd probably due to the news reports of the last couple of weeks scaring people away from gatherings. You should have been here to hear the 4 quality acts. Live music is a great way to raise the spirits and boy do we need that at the moment, you just need to take precautions (and I know lots of folk are going to bucket me for that comment, don’t bother, I’ve heard them all). We opened the night with “Espresso”. I thought they were a duo but as the say goes there is more, they added percussion. a very enjoyable bracket of self compositions, nice harmonies and guitar work. Next we had “Hot Toddy” back again with their Scottish and self penned tunes. A nice balance of instruments and commentary, it is nice to know the story behind the tunes. Our MC John Ralph has a new CD out and he gave us a snap shot of it with some lovely songs he has written, good words and guitar. Finally We were trying to Josh Gray’s band but they were unavailable so Josh roped in his old man Phil (who kept his birthday secret) and the amazing song writer Alan Man. So “Waralakin Blues & Browngrass” hit the stage instead. The joked their way through a wonderful set of songs with gentle jibes at each other to the amusement of all. The explanation of the band name was hilarious. Overall it was a night worth being there for, bit hard to hear it from the isolation of the lounge room. Next month dust off a couple of songs for either a Sing-a-Round or a Come-all-Ye where performers and audience are always welcome and the reduced fee to get in makes it even more attractive.

February 2020

40 degree day again but luckily the sea breeze cooled things down a little, untlll the music started! An almost full house were presented with just 2 acts last night but those 2 acts provided some magnificent entertainment. First up was Jane and the Rain launching their new CD. Jane Cornes sang with her wonderful voice and the Rain behind provided excellent backing. Next up was Dan Walsh from UK on a very busy tour of WA. What he does with the banjo is pretty amazing from Irish traditional to super fast bluegrass and ballads. And then he swapped over to Guitar for a couple of songs and proved he is not just a one instrument man. His rendition of Paul Simon’s “Just call me Al: was blisteringly good. Great night despite the warmth of the day. But wait because next month we have Hot Toddy doing the Scottish/Celtic and Waralakin Blue & Browngrass, a trio of Phil & Josh Gray and Alan Man. This is going to be another roller coaster of music styles!

January 2020

Nice to see a few new faces to our sing-a-round nights. The fans were twirling overhead to keep the air moving and overall it was a night of good songs although the mood was a little affected by the Fires burning around Australia (climate change, what climate change?). I love these nights, we get to see more performers even if the songs numbers are limited to fit everyone in.
Next Month we have Dan Walsh over from UK Last year he gave us a great performance on his banjo and next month promises to be as good. Also we have Jane & the Rain from Perth launching their 1st EP of original songs.

December ’19

Another stinker outside and the fans were running on full but it didn’t deter the crowd to party out the last show for the year. As has been the thing for the last few years The WAFF/WFC committee got to strut their stuff. The Rambling Bilbies opened the night with one of my own (Jasmin which went down a treat) an shortened version of Here comes the Sun (Sorry Amanda and Jill I missed the repeat) and finishing with Silent Night partnered with On a Starlit Night and Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse’s translation Bedik-Bedik Kedalak (Silent night in Noongar language) with a choir of audience joining in.
Bill Cullen was next up, Bill joined the committee a couple of weeks ago and gave us songs good songs including a Gordon Lightfoot favourite.
Jamie McKinnon followed with a few songs including Nadine which had the story extended during the night.
David Cutler has a wonderful way with songs and among others gave us John McCutcheon’s Song about Xmas in the trenches of WW1 .We managed to get a couple og songs from MC John Ralph as well and it was worth the wait.
Supper was served with lots of conversation and then the Cork Man Sean Roche took to the stage for the second half. Opening unaccompanied with Hot Asphalt and a grand set of songs form all over. He was joined mid set by Colin Smiley on Harp and finished the night with a couple of encore songs sending the audience Choir home, who had joined in all night, happy and waiting for January’s Sing-a round on Jan 12th 2020. Have a merry Summer Solstice and watch out for the New Year it is gonna getcha.

November ’19

A Hot Day but the night cooled down. The music was hot. MC John Ralph introduced Kaylyn Jean, a young singer/songwriter who is certainly on the way to making a name for herself. She has a song on JJJ Unearthed which is getting some attention and her set tonight was full of good songs and she sings them very well, I heard several comments about the quality of her voice, it was very easy to listen to.
From there we went to Ashlea Reale and the Outlaws with songs of bushrangers and murder abounded in a very professional preview of their new CD which will be available soon. Great vocals from Ashlea, great guitar work from Marlie and lovely bass from Paul.
2nd half after a cuppa and the raffle Colin Smiley gave us a couple of tunes on Harmonica and then Ashlea and co finished off the night with more murder and bloodshed and a few other songs to lighten up the mood.
It was a great night once again.

October ’19

What a show! We may have only had 2 acts but they stunning performers and the almost full house crowd loved it.
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse had the first half, the banter and expressions between the 2 was brilliant. What a class act. Gina singing beautifully with the amazing backing of the cheeky Guy on guitar, what is not to love. The songs were in the Noongar language but with the stories beforehand it all made sense and even had the crowd singing along in language. Moon River was stunning as well with most of the audience also joining in the English half.
2nd Half was Loaded Dog with the addition of Josh Grey on Double Bass. with song writers in abundance they gave us some wonderful insight into our history and Alan’s song Winter in Winnipeg somehow fitting in really well. Phil G managed to throw in a couple of jokes to make up for John Ralph being absent due to climbing the hills of Peru (they got a similar response).
Next month is set to be another great night with Ahslea Reale and the Outlaws so stay tuned to the WAFF web site and Facebook page for more info.

September 2019

Can’t say much more than “brilliant night at the Wanneroo Folk Club”. An abundance of talent on display starting with Green Herring and a few of their own songs Colin Smiley gave us a tune followed by a new comer in Sarah Curran, first time at the club and probably not used to an audience that listens to the performers. Excellent guitar work and lovely vocals, come again Sarah.
Headline act was Craig Sinclair with the backing violin of Jude Iddison (what was the last name again). I haven’t seen Craig for quite some time and he didn’t disappoint, his guitar work is impeccable, those vocals are glorious and the songs tell a story worth listening to.
After the raffle was drawn and Jamie almost sprung the footy result (sorry Jamie but a few of us recorded the game to watch later) the second half was opened with Susgala plus 1. The lovely harmonies were enjoyed by all. Craig and Judith returned to finish the night , they have a few more shows over the next few days so I would recommend catching them.

August 2019

Wonderful music at the club this month. Our planned floor spot was taken ill so we had to make do with the guys who organise things. The organising people prefer to stay in the background and showcase the local talent but occasionally they on stage to show their talent when the need arises. Opening up was Jamie McKinnon, he played 3 lovely songs done very well and the audience as usual joined in the choruses. Our MC John Ralph followed with a similarly classy act and a bit more chorus singing. Next up the main act was Among the Pigeons. They gave a spirited performance which was enjoyed by all. They haven’t lost any of the quality of performance with the new lineup. After the break the new group on the block was Trio Fáilte, we’ve these ladies in other formats and this trio certainly didn’t disappoint. Jamie commented that whenever we have traditional fiddle the crowd goes off and tonight was no different. Finishing off the night “Among the Pigeons” came back with another set, these guys delighted the audience with a good variety of songs done really well.
One of the things about folk clubs is that the audience comes to listen and this brings out the best in the performers who don’t have to compete with lots of chatter and babble.

June 2019

Cold and wet? Not at Wanneroo last night. A few people missing due to illness bought mild panic to John as he rustled up some replacement performers. John Ralph Opened with a song and then introduced Willy Woodbine who dropped in from Pickering Brook and was press ganged into a few songs, I love the lay-back presentation. David Cutler was next up with his usual lovely guitar and voice. Raelene Bruinsma Trio (minus one) was the main act and gave us a bracket of mythical love making of the Gods and Deities and a variety of other songs accompanied by Alex on guitar and cello.
Second half had Rob Oats doing a few songs, some of his own and a couple of others, with a very appreciative applause. Raelene and Alex finished the night with more of the story from the first half. You get good songs and a history lesson at Wanneroo folk club!
(words from JR)Those of you who were at the Wanneroo Folk Club last night and have seen the latest report will notice that this man is missing from them. So here are a couple of photos of Rob. Rob organises the sound and lighting and photos for the artists .He sends out a WAFF gig guide every week, He is in charge of revamping the WAFF Website as well as being Vice Chairman of the WAFF, He posts a report of the Wanneroo Folk club on Facebook. He plays in his band the Rambling Bilbies. With all this we can forget what a brilliant solo artist he is. He stepped in a short notice to play an excellent set last night with a mixture of his own songwriting and covers that received an enthusiastic reception from the audience.Thanks for all of your hard work Rob. We are lucky to have you on board

May 2019

What can one say? Another music fest with variety abounding. The floor spots opened the night with Jerome and Lesley Toonan, nice set of songs and tunes. This was followed by a new comer in Tamsin Black, a little nervous but she warmed up, nine voice and is possibly one to watch as she gains confidence. Guest artists were the Red Sea Pedestrians who finished the first half with an array of songs and tunes from around Europe and beyond, mainly in a Klezmer style. Second half saw Grave Spin with Willy and Fred playing covers of well know artists from years gone by, The audience did the usual and joined in with gusto, a good fun bracket, and yes that is a rubbish bin for Bass, a new version of the tea chest bass. Red Sea Pedestrians finished the night with another rousing set of songs and tunes. A most enjoyable night’s entertainment.