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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 bacame an incorporated body in 1974. It has served the state entire, and particularly the Perth Metro area, 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


Wanneroo Folk Club

2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 10th August

Special Guest is GypsyLou
We first heard this duo as the support act she months ago and thought they were so good they deserved a main spot so, welcome back to Gypsy Lou.
GypsyLou is a folk harmony duo made up of singersongwriters Carrie Lee and Katie McMahon. They bring a fun, relaxed atmosphere to their performances, with simple guitar and percussion accompanying warm, beautiful harmonies. Their original music draws from pop-, trad- and indie- folk influences. They also perform a variety of traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, plus well known pop, country and rock songs in their own style. They have some great sing along stuff for you to join in with so it should be a great night.
Support for the night will be the Perth Scottish Fiddlers. With a string of performances at festivals, concerts and other occasions this group of dedicated string players with added keys and accordion bring a blend of toe tapping jigs and reels and slow airs along with their sense of fun and enthusiasm.

Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick.
Find us on Google Maps here
Doors open: 7:30pm, music from 8pm
Entry: $10 ($8 WAFF Members)
Email: John at

On the left Pics from July club night (taken by Rob Oats).
From the top David Cutler (MC for the night), David Beatie, Steve Elliot,
Dee Seac & Tod Russell, Jenny Gaunt, Jenny with Phil & Josh Gray.

Jackadder's Music Club

3rd Sunday of Every Month at 3 PM
Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands.
Find us on Google Maps here

Adults $8, WAFF - Children $2 WAFF members 50% discount
More Information at:
Carmel Charleton 9446 1558
In July we have singer, songwriter Kelly Newton Wordsworth from Williams performing at Jackadder's Music Club and also Dave Maxwell who is a wonderful trumpet player who plays jazz standards. He has played in many top venues and currently entertains at the Indi Bar in Scarborough.
Kelly Newton-Wordsworth is an award winning Western Australian singer-songwriter and farmer with a dedicated international fan base. When she's not tending to her bio-dynamic farm, Kelly is creating and performing music that, quite literally, makes the world a better place. For more information on Kelly's music visit

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 need 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 drwaings 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)

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