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WELCOME to the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF)

WAFF was established in 1970 with the principle aim of promoting Folk Music and Dance in WA and attracting the National Folk Festival to WA. We became an incorporated body in 1974. It serves the entire state, although predominantly the Perth Metro area, and has done so for almost five decades. WAFF is working now to reinvigorate itself and redefine its role as a leader in promotion of folk arts in Western Australia. In the coming months we promise many new and exciting developments. Join us as we work to elevate understanding and appreciation for folk music, poetry, dance, and story-telling.

WAFF Affiliated Folk Clubs

WAFF supports new and existing WA Folk Clubs through affiliation. Affiliated clubs can receive benefits though WAFF such as APRA license fees and and other assistance. Affiliated clubs are asked to pay WAFF a small membership fee yearly to help cover expenses for club licenses coverage. WAFF can and sometimes does help with managing clubs and finding performers.

If you would like to start a folk club we are here to help you!

Currently two clubs are run by the WAFF with a few others affiliated with us.

A few pics from the the December Wind up

Wanneroo Folk Club
2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 11th January

Next month on January 11th 2019 will either be a come all ye or a singaround, the format has yet to be decided but it will be a chance to see a few folk who don't get up to play on the regular nights.

Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick.
Find us on Google Maps here
Doors open: 7:30pm, Music from 8pm
Entry: $10/$8 WAFF Members. except sing-a-round night ($5/$3)
Email: John at

Jackadder's Music Club

3rd Sunday of Every Month
Jackadder's starts up again on Sunday February 17th at 2:30 PM

New venue: Community of Christ, Cnr Elmwood and Lombardy St's in Woodlands.
Find us on Google Maps here

Adults $12, WAFF - Children FREE, WAFF members 50% discount
More Information at:
Carmel Charleton 0412777061

WAFF Membership

There are several types of WAFF membership. Of course, you may ask yourself why join WAFF? Joining WAFF is an expression of support of WA Folk arts which we believe may slowly be lost without support. It is also a commitment to ensuring that our past traditions are neither lost nor remain frozen in time, but rather they continue to evolve in volume, diversity, and quality. In a state rich with heritage, the blending of peoples from many lands, and the spirit of high adventure, we can all join in to keep it's songs, stories, and dances alive.

Joining WAFF is easy. Just click on the "MEMBERSHIP" link at the top of this page. It will lead you through the membership registration process.
If you have questions please contact the WAFF at:>

A short history about the logo that we are currently using .
Prior to 1997 there was a new "modern look" logo in use which didn't really say much about who we are are what we do. After the the Joondalup Festival the committee decided that we needed to go back to basics a bit. As the new Town Crier editor at the time I was looking through the WAFF office and unearthed 2 items. One was a drawing by the late Ken Ferguson which was used as the logo possibly for the National Folk Festival in 1978. The other was a silk screen of Swans which was used for a tee shirt design for one of the 1990 Toodyay Festival. Up until very recently I had no idea who had designed the T-shirt art work. I have recently discovered that this mystery artist was a lady by the name of Cindy Stonor-McClean, a long time supporter of the WAFF and folk music in WA. I liked the look of both drawings since they had a connection to both folk music and Western Australia. So after much scanning and fiddling on my computer I combined the two drawings into one and the new logo was born. Over time it evolved with the adding of a bit of colour. We are about to release a new version with better definition which will be the banner for our new web page which I am currently working on.
(top left: Ken Ferguson's drawing, top right: the combined version in black and white, middle: the coloured version, bottom: the new version)

ABN: 23 052 531 652

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