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WELCOME to the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF)

WAFF was established around about 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, and particularly the Perth Metro area, and has done so for over four 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 officially affiliated with WAFF

A few pics from the November sing-a-round

Wanneroo Folk Club
2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 14th December
Annual Wind Up
It’s Party Time!! The final Folk Night for 2108 promises to be another fantastic night of music, fun and catch up time for all members. To start the night there will be some songs from JamJar. This duo is well known to you all though not by this name unless you were at the House Concert some months ago!! Singing some of the songs on the “nearly ready c.d from the House Concert” John and Jamie will get the audience singing along.
Main act for the night is the fantastic City Slickers who bring Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Bass tunes and songs in their own inimitable style. There will be covers of songs you will know but not the way these guys play them. There will be bluegrassy tunes led by the amazing banjo and ?ddle of Ian and Adam and there will always be some surprises so don’t miss this great band.
As it is the Christmas edition of the WFC we ask you to bring a plate of goodies to share at half time. This always goes down well and is a change from the regular “biscuits and and a cuppa”!! You may wish to bring some “Xmas cheer” with you???!!!

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 New start time at 2:30 PM
Come along and enjoy our last show at Jackadder's for 2018 on Sunday 16th December.
We will be presenting a Christmas Concert and an added touch of Jazz with the Dave Maxwell Trio. Singer songwriters Noel McClumpha, Barbara Stephenson and Lynda Martin will individually perform their originals plus inspirational songs. Helen McDonough and Bryan Green on uke and guitar, Dave and Carmel on Clarinet and keyboard will perform some of their favourite carols.
The concert will be in the beautiful setting of the Community of Christ Chapel.
Please note there will be no concert in January. Jackadder's starts up again on Sunday February 17th.

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 failure of 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 early Toodyay Festivals. 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, added a guitar, mandolin and banjo from drawings from the internet and the new logo was born. Over time it evolved with the adding of a bit of colour.
(pics clockwise from top left: Ken Ferguson's drawing, the combined version in black and white, the coloured version)

ABN: 23 052 531 652

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