Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is once again supported by the WA Folk Federation
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
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Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
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Rob from "The Rambling Bilbies"
and is updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.

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If you wish your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:
In the following format:

Day & Date (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 etc.)
Contact name for info & bookings
Phone:      Email:      Web:     
Your Name for verification purposes (not publication):

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

(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.)
If you send your acoustic gigs to WAAN or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "CC" them to this calandar and your show will be up here within a couple of days and stay 'til the event is past, no waiting for emails to be sent out, it is online 24hr a day 7 days a week for everyone to see.

Friday, March 6, 2015
-- David Hyams Romancing the Stone w Jarrah Celts
7:00 PM @ Romancing the Stone Gardens 3 Lilian Road , Maida Vale, WA (Australia)
David Hyams is one of Western Australia's most accomplished composers, producers, and multi - instrumentalists. Playing acoustic, electric and steel guitars, as well as mandolin, bass, dobro and harmonica, he has performed in a wide range of musical styles, from blues, pop/rock and country to the progressive folk of popular WA acts Devils on Horseback, The Press Gang and Reel to Reel.
A respected session guitarist and producer, David is known for his work with a range of Western Australian artists and also worked as sideman to a number of international acts, in 2005 touring Australia and Ireland with renowned Irish performer Sean Keane.

Friday 6th March features Steve Turner - one of the most popular performers on the UK folk scene & highlight at Nannup Festival. Steve has a great singing voice & is a renowned concertina player. He also plays banjo, guitar & mandolin – an accomplished performer.
Steve will be supported by WA’s own folk music legend Bob Rummery. This will be a great night & your last chance to see Steve before he returns to England.
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 "

March 12th (ongoing tour)
-- THE GREAT RIDE Presentation by Carmel Charlton
In 1918 Palestine, the Australian Light Horse commenced a pursuit of the Turks all the way to Damascus. Carmel will present “The Great Ride” comprising images, songs and dialogue. It is based on a letter written by Carmel’s husband Eric’s great uncle Trooper Ned Moriarty to his sister Alice. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was given the honour of leading the Australian Mounted Division into Damascus where they accepted the surrender of the city. For more information and tour dates see
Carmel will present The Great Ride at the following venues:
Thursday March 12th Cambridge Library, 99 the Boulevard, Floreat Time: 10.00am. For more information Phone 9383 8996 or email
Thursday 2nd April - Australian Folklore Conference, National Library, Canberra. Time: 11.00am
Tuesday 14th April - Canning Bridge Library Lounge, 2 Kintail Rd, Applecross. Phone: 9364 0162 - 7pm
Wednesday 14th April - Kojonup Library 93 Albany Highway Kojonup - 2pm
Thursday 16th April - Albany Library, 221 York Street Phone 9841 9376 5.30pm Thursday 23rd April - Bunbury Library, Parkfield Street Phone 9792 7195 - 6.30pm Carmel recently produced a 2 track CD called ANZAC COVE & Farmers Farewell. Paul de Pierres a friend of Carmel's from Yorkrakine and Wyalkatchem days in wheatbelt W.A. asked if she could write some music for two of his poems - Anzac Cove and Farmer’s Farewell. Some years ago Paul traveled to Gallipoli and attended the Anzac Day Service. He noticed many backpackers and was impressed by their spirit of reverence towards the diggers who served there in WW1. The CD can be purchased from or Anzac Cove single from

Friday March 13th
-- Wannerroo Folk Club . Dorchester & Dugdale, Warwkick - 8.00pm start.
Breaking with the usual format this month we will be bringing you not one, not two but THREE main acts. We had booked 2 acts to share the bill but then along came notice of a young singer on tour from UK and, having checked her out on You Tube it was decided we had to grab the chance to add her to the bill as she is only in Perth for a short time.
Many of you will remember the wonderful voice of Jane Jackson when she performed with Single Malt last year. She wi l l be joined by Scott Wal l a c e , n a t i o n a l p i p i n g c h a m p i o n , on small pipes and vocals to bring you songs from Scotland and Ireland (Scott is Irish and it will be close to St Patrick’s Day!!)
Th e n a lon g come s Rob Zielinski, who many of you will know as the premier Irish fiddler in WA - he does play some Scottish tunes too!! - to provide high quality tune sets to make you want to dance or just listen in awe of his skill.
The 3rd guest is Katie Brooks from UK. Known for her powerful and evocative live sets, Katey has played a notable list of amazing shows including London 2012, Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD Festival, a BBC Introducing Stage headliner at Wychwood, several European Festivals, and supported a host of credible artists such as Newton Faulkner, Mercury nominee Lou Rhodes, Mike and The Mechanics, Grammy nominees Cutting Crew, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Chris Wood. Besides her own works, Brooks’s “John Martynesque” (Manchester Evening News) lamenting tones have earned her features on BBC Radio 2 Children in Need album ‘Bandaged Together’, recorded at Abbey Road with artists such as Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), and Paloma Faith, as well as compilations with Ane Brun and Anais Mitchell. Last year was fantastic with Brooks being added to the Starbucks playlist worldwide, and signing an endorsement deal with American guitar makers Alvarez, joining the ranks of Grammy Award winner Ani Difranco, and Joe Bonamassa. Her ‘Back to Light’ Tour in the Spring received rave reviews and write ups from Metro UK, Rock ‘n’ Reel, Venue and Shakenstir Magazine.

-- Sean Roche in Concert
7.30pm South Fremantle Football Club Parry St Fremantle
Seán Roche is an Irish balladeer who now lives in Cork. For many years he lived in WA and so is well known and loved. Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy his beautiful singing, as he's only here once a year. Talented fiddle player, Anne Coughlan, will accompany him and Stinger & Swainy will perform some Irish songs beforehand.
This is the third time that the Fremantle Workers club has hosted Sean Roche and the 2013 and 2014 concerts were sell-outs. This year the concert will be held in the Club's new home, South Fremantle Football Club.
Tickets are available in advance online through Ticketbooth for $15 or from Bodkins Bootery in High St, Fremantle. On the night, you will pay $20 at the door.
Ruth Belben 9335 6091 0478 625 274.

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm
"The band includes some of the finest players of Celtic music in the country and is a refreshing combination of imaginative new material with deep respect for source traditions...There is nothing else quite like them in Australia." Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director Steve Barnes
Since their first show in 1999, the Miles To Go band have been living up to their name, travelling extensively around the country from their home base of Fremantle. Multi – instrumentalist and vocalist, David Hyams leads this collection of WA’s finest musicians on a world spanning array of instruments, all coming from diverse musical backgrounds; percussionist Dana Ogle; bassist Manoli Vouyoucalos, multi-instrumentalist Dan Bright on guitar and didgeridoo; Stuart Patterson on wood flute; and Brett Hirsch on Irish bagpipes and whistles. The band’s celtic infused mix has broadened over the years with new songs from Hyams’ adding country, blues and jazz tinges, while continuing to explore places and stories of our vast landscape - from the stunning night sky of the Kimberley and the north’s oceans of wilderness, to winding southern coastal tracks…
The band line up tours regularly across the country for music festivals and concert shows. In 2009, the Australian newspaper described them as one of the “standout acts” of the massive Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland and 2010 saw them making their first foray into North America as a trio line up, after an invitation to showcase at the Folk Alliance Convention in Memphis. The band has received many accolades, including 8 nominations for “Best World Music Act” at the WA Music Industry’s “WAM” awards. In 2014 they were a headliner at the 2014 Fairbridge Festival and 2015 sees them airing some material from the upcoming third album.
successful Celtic/jazz/roots crossover….Intelligent, well-crafted, cosmopolitan..." fROOTS (respected UK publication) "If intricate arrangements and instrumental acoustic expertise were the criteria, Perth's David Hyams and the Miles To Go Band were among the standout acts..." Tony Hillier - The Australian Newspaper - Review of the Woodford Folk Festival January 1 2009
For further information email: or call 0419 040 700
Tickets: $20/$15 available from 9257 2558 or

13-18 March 2015
-- Denmark Festival of Voice - Local N Vocal
Inspired by the Denmark Festival of Voice ‘Big Sing’, we decided to try to get as many people as possible singing together in Denmark ! We invited Rachel Hore, who will also be leading this year’s Festival Big Sing, to come over in March and May and work with people from Denmark and surrounding communities to get them all singing together, and to create one song which will then be sung sometime during the Festival. And yes, of course we’re filming it!!
If you’re in Denmark or surrounds, come join us! If you’re coming down for the Festival, listen out for the Local ‘n’ Vocal finale, and come join us! For further information contact: Jennie Newman Denmark Arts: Tuesday and Thursday 9848 3623

Saturday 14th of March
-- Perth Morris Men -The Best of British Festival
from 6:15 PM HBF Arena, Joondalup
For more information contact Steven Mansfield Ph 0400 731 049 email Website
Also we are always on the lookout for more dancers and/or musicians – please contact Steve if you are interested.

Sunday 15th of March
-- Perth Morris Men -Mandurah Crab Festival
at 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM Marina Stage Mandurah
For more information contact Steven Mansfield Ph 0400 731 049 email Website
Also we are always on the lookout for more dancers and/or musicians – please contact Steve if you are interested.

We’re staying with the Scottish theme for our next Jackadder’s Music Club on Sunday 15th March with the lilting sounds of “Twisted Herring”.
'Twisted Herring' are a five piece fiddle driven band. They source their music from the rich vein of Scottish fiddle music both old and new. Their aim is to promote this largely unheard repertoire (in Australia at least) ) to a wider audience and to play it in a way which reflects the lively and energetic way this music is currently being played in Scotland particularly within a small band format.
The band comprises Fiona Davidson: Fiddle; Margaret Schlink: Fiddle and Viola; Donna Gahan: Guitar and Tin Whistle; Isaac Sealey: Fiddle; Alan Malcolm, Fiddle, Mandolin and Octave Mandolin.
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Avenue, Woodlands Time: 3.00pm.
Cost: Adults $8 Children – free
For more details contact or phone 0412777061

Friday 20th March 2015
Show starts 7.30 pm Meals and Bar open from 6.45 pm
Tickets: $8.00 Mundaring Sporting Club, Coolgardie St, Mundaring.
OMG! What a night this is going to be! It doesn’t get any better than this! Folks I am sending the newsletter out early as I know you will need time to gather friends to bring along to this extravaganza!
Opening this month’s show is Sean Roche. Sean is an Irish balladeer who now lives in Cork. For many years he lived in WA and performed in Fremantle, so is well known and loved here. Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy his beautiful singing, as he's only here once a year.
The second set will see the return of the lovable lad from Leeds Kevin McKenna. Kevin needs no bio other than to say his finger picking style and his lilting vocals make you feel like you are snuggled on your favourite couch. Kevin will be accompanied by Jeremy Boyd.
Our third act is Phil Beck, another regular at the club. Phil once offered a simple definition of folk music. “Folk music is simply music people have never stopped singing. Folk music is, in short, music that people still want to listen to”. Phil Beck has been a part of the WA folk scene for as long as I can remember. His fondness for both traditional and contemporary British folk songs combines with tasteful guitar accompaniment. If you like Martin Carthy or Nic Jones, chances are you’ll like Phil Beck. Oh, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Phil and Sean do a few numbers together too!
OK, the Grand Finale will be Ken Nicol! Ken is a guitarist, singer, song-writer and producer from Preston, in England. His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, and effortlessly takes in folk, jazz, rag-time, ballads and more along the way. Ken was a member of the legendary Albion Band from 1997 until September 2001 when he left in order to spend more time on other projects. In December 2002, he successfully joined forces with Steeleye Span, working with the band for eight years, most recently on their 2009 40th Anniversary Tour, visiting the USA and Australia. During his time with Steeleye he recorded four albums with the band: ‘They Called Her Babylon’, ‘Winter’, ‘Bloody Men’ and ‘Cogs, Wheels and Lovers’. Ken left the band in 2010 and when he’s not touring or writing, he can be found producing projects of his own and other artists at his MVS Studios in Preston UK.
Folks this will be a huge night and definitely not to be missed. The legal capacity of the Sporting Club is 120 so late comers may risk not getting in.
Contact : Derrick Nichols, 0402 008 211 Email: | Web:

23rd March
-- Supper club
Tickets for our 23rd March supperclub, starring Hi Jinx, are now on sale. Hi Jinx is a four-part gal a capella group who sing joyously and beautifully many modern songs and some classics. Our spoken word performer will be well known local poet Roland Leach
I’m having a few problems with the supperclub website, so please book by going direct to Trybookings using the following link:
You can also buy tix for our 13 April Supperclub, starring Grimick, a rather lovely three-piece boy band from Adelaide. They’re in town for the Fairbridge Music Festival and are going to come entertain us afterwards.
In other news, I am starting the new year by offering a not-for-profit Creative Writing Workshop in Hazelmere on occasional Mondays. You’ll find more info at

Tuesday, 24th March
-- “Trad Village” - Trad Strings Workshop
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, who have inspired and encouraged countless aspiring and accomplished musicians, will hold a special evening workshop for all string players (fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin and bass) based on the fiddle music of Scotland and beyond. Woodwinds, guitars, and keyboards are also welcome.
The Goal: We will explore playing traditional music in a group, with emphasis on arrangement ideas and the techniques that give traditional music its unique flavour. We will look at the elements of language and dance, and put fiddle tunes together to form a medley of a larger piece of music. Teaching will be geared toward intermediate to advanced musicians, but enthusiasts of all levels are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate at their level of ability.
Venue: Perth Modern School, Embleton Music Centre, Roberts Road, Subiaco; Time: 7.00-9.30pm;
Cost: $35 to cover workshop and venue hire.
Booking: or
Enquiries to: Jamie McKinnon E: M: 0418334513

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015
-- Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Scottish fiddle music of unrivalled beauty, eloquence and passion
Perth Town Hall Doors and Bar open at 7.00pm
Alasdair Fraser is a consummate teacher and performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created an international demand for his concert performances. Born in the county of Clackmannan, Scotland, Alasdair now lives in California and tours regularly. He has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the United States, inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. You can find more about Alasdair on his website.
Natalie Haas is a vibrant and creative cellist, a seasoned performer and recording artist, and a skilled and experienced teacher. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her musical journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by Alasdair, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. Her and Fraser’s duo release, Fire & Grace, was awarded the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. More information about Natalie can be found on her website. E:

Friday May 29th- Monday, June 1st
-- Learn to Jam Bluegrass Style
If you’ve been going to music events for as long as I have, you will know that it’s the people who make the music who have the best time! That’s why I’m so keen to promote bluegrass and old time music – there’s room for everyone – to strum, pick, fiddle, holler* - and to kerthump the bass! You don’t even have to be a virtuoso musician to get a buzz from playing bluegrass tunes with others!
To give you the confidence to join a jam circle (perhaps even start one of your own) we've organised another Learn to Jam weekend in Manjimup. The camp will run over the Labour Day long weekend, Friday May 29th- Monday, June 1st and will be run by Greg McGrath from Jamcamps Australia.
Early bird bookings have just opened!
Places are limited to make sure everyone gets attention, gets to know each other and has fun making music! Go to the Jamcamps Australia website for details and bookings. Great opportunity for all you closet pickers! Feedback the 2013 jam campers say their confidence to join a jam circle and also to have a go at singing lead had improved out of sight. Peos Estate Wines has once again donated Greg’s airfares from Brisbane so that the camp can run at an affordable price; on top of this the early bird prices (finish March 15th) are being subsidised by the Warren Arts Council.
*holler: noun, a loud cry or shout. (also field holler: a melodic cry with abrupt or swooping changes of pitch, used originally by black slaves at work in the fields and later contributing to the development of the blues).

Regular Song & Spoken Word Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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1st of Month

Hills Folk Club contact:

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact:
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues


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
3pm-5pm Jackadders -

4th of

5pm-8pm Perth Folk and Roots Club
Mount Lawley Bowling Club, Corner Storthes & Rookwood Street, Mount Lawley

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)


2pm and 5pmYa Ya's, Northbridge present an Acoustic Open Mic session



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


Mojo's Wide open mic night hosted by Bruno 0424 606 437 Bruno and the crew

Fibbers Folk Club, Fibber Magee's Tavern, 8.30pm (Joff Davies 9221 1599, email:



Wax Lyrical, Leederville



Kalamunda Music Sessions/Classes - David & 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


1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O'Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Souleiado French Dance Group, Children after school, Nedlands, (08)63890767
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 7-10 pm Jenny 9381 5235
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 7.30 - 9.30pm rose& Karen 0439 844 024
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772

Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email:
Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group: , 7.45 pm. Isobel Eaton 9304 5114
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 7.15 - 9.15p.m.

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email:
Perth SCDC: 8 pm Sheila Parker 9405 6825

Kalamunda SCDC: 8.00 pm. Jan Pittman 9574 6671
Souleiado French Dance Group, Adults 7pm, Nedlands, 6389 0767
Rockingham SCDC: 7.30 pm Gale Tamplin 9593 5738
St Stephens SCDC: 7.30 pm Sylvia Barry 9364 5140
Warwick SCDC: 8 pm Rena Gold 9448 4945
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am

Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly "Hop" 1st Sat monthly

Irish Set Dancing: Last Sunday monthly, 6 pm Ken and Connie 9274 5170

Folk On Radio and TV
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2:20pm & 11:20pm

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am


9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm


1 - 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm




KCR fm

102.5 fm


Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm


Acoustic Cafe


92.1 fm


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


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


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


Music Deli

ABC National

810 am


7 - 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland



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The Calendar is transitioning back to the WAFF (under new management). We support all acoustic music in all forms. As such we will continue to provide this service to the Acoustic Music performers and lovers of acoustic music in WA and beyond.

So if you want to have your event included or if you run an open mic night or a club just send the info to the email link below in text format , it makes it a lot easier to cut and paste the info into the calendar (image and pdf files do not always allow this and documents are notoriuos for carring viruses so may not be opened)), if you are sending it to the WAAN weekly email drop then Cc this calender with your info as well and increase your exposure.
If you use this calendar I suggest you bookmark it in your browser for quick access. If you have a web page then please add a link to this site and I will return the favour on the cave of links.

The Fly Stays in Freo On Wednesday evening, Fremantle’s Strategic and General Services Committee voted unanimously in favour of leasing Victoria Hall to the Fly By Night Musicians Club. The decision will see the Fly move to the beautiful, heritage listed building and stage community programming plus national touring acts in the 260 capacity space. “We are very much looking forward to this new chapter for the Fly” explains General Manager John Reid. He adds, “Vic Hall is a smaller capacity room, so we need to re think our business model but largely, we are just feeling optimistic and excited about the future ahead for the Fly”
Last year the National Trust notified the Fly By Night Musicians Club that they would not be extending their lease in the Artillery Drill Hall and putting the building out to tender. It posed the Fly with a potentially grim future, given that Fremantle had been so much a part of the Fly’s culture. “Moving to another iconic venue, just a few doors down the road means that we can keep the Fly culture alive in Fremantle, as well as utilising the beautiful Victoria Hall space & further activating Freo’s East End” explains Reid.
The Fly has one final week of events in the Artillery Drill Hall, with a jam packed program of local and national talent to close out a 28 year run at the venue. We would like to send a sincere thankyou to all the Fly supporters who have been incredibly supportive during this transitional time. To the old and new supporters of the Fly; we look forward to re-opening our doors and continuing the Fly mission of creating a healthy community through music and providing a unique experience for artists and music lovers alike.

WA Folk Federation Web Page has moved. If you have been wondering what has happened to the WAFF page then wonder no more. The new page is at It is currently being re-built but the basics are there (by basic I mean really basic at this stage). Over the next few weeks the page will expand with more information about the WAFF, the committee and its members. So take a look and save the new address to your favourites.

Denmark Festival of Voice Performer Applications Closing Soon Online applications are now open for the 2015 Denmark Festival Of Voice. We were really delighted to receive a huge number of applications in 2014 and while we would love to invite everyone, we have the hard task of picking and choosing.
Applications will be closing JANUARY 31 2015 so if you want to be selected, get on board early! Online applications can be made here:

Mags from Colin Smiley - I have a large number of Town Criers and other folk mags that I’d like to pass on to anyone who would appreciate them, in return for a small donation to the WA Cancer Foundation. Can you please put the word out for me?
I have about 270 “Town Criers” (from 1976), 17 copies of the 1980’s Australian mag “Stringybark and Greenhide”, a few “Foc’syls”, the Bunbury folk mag and 61 Trad and Now. If anyone is interested they can call me on 9344-7813 or Mob. 040-027-5974 or email at
Much interesting reading and a good perspective on our changing folk scene. They should be of interest to someone! Thanks, Colin Smiley.

World Music in WA - WIGWAM Gig Guide
I've started a new resource to keep World Music fans up-to-date on all the multicultural events happening around WA. It's called WIGWAM Gig Guide, and is on Facebook. WIGWAM stands for World & Indigenous Guide to Western Australian Music. Kulcha may be no more, but did you know there are over 20 upcoming World Music events around Perth, Freo, and beyond? Click on "Events" in WIGWAM Gig Guide for the full list. Please "Like" and "Share" WIGWAM Gig Guide with your friends to help build a thriving multicultural music community in WA. And if you are a World Music performer, please send me details of your events for inclusion in WIGWAM Gig Guide.
Thanks, Matt Price

Musician's baggage on Qantas, Virgin etc... There has been a flurry of comments on the Ausfolk list of late which is of interest to all Musicians who need to fly around the counrty or further. Thanks to all who have contributed to this compilation, I have taken the notes and posted the relevant bits, If I have missed anything relevant please email me via the links from this page. One point to note is that you need to be a member of a nationally recognised group to recieve the benefits, Examples are APRA, Folk Alliance (FAA), WAM, MEAA/Musicians Union and probably a few others who may be affiliated.

(From Dave Hyams) For those interested in the musician's luggage issue, as discussed a few weeks back, here's the official media release from Qantas - it's not on the Qantas website, but posted online on the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) website at: There's a phone number and two email addresses on it - and it is recommended bthat you take the letter with you for check-in.
Qantas has its carry on policy for musical instruments on its website: if your instrument is within size limits, you should be allowed to take something else on. I've not had a problem with this for a while, but then, consistency has never been Qantas' strong point! I dont believe they have ever put the extra musician's allowance for checked baggage up on their site.
(from Marina Hurly) As far as I am aware the one bag with Virgin policy has been going since May. With virgin musician baggage policy you get 3 bags with a maximum of 32 kg. Here is the procedure: 1. Join a musicians union or similar - folk alliance etc. 2. Book your flight 3. About 1 week before your flight send an email to and tell them your reservation number, musician union membership no and ask for the increased allowance. They will make the changes on your booking and confirm by email. Last time I did this they even gave my bags priority and they came out first.
(from John McAuslan) In answer to all the traffic this morning on extra baggage deals for musicians, these allowances do exist but only for members of Folk Alliance (or another nationally recognised music body). This policy has been in place for over a year, our web site clearly states the procedures that should be taken if you wish to receive this allowance. Its not complicated and it does work. Marina and Chanel have it mostly correct but the policy is on the FAA web site is for Virgin. If you follow the procedure and there’s a problem, then you should let us know and I will contact the Virgin officer who looks after this stuff.

ASA at Tunesmith's Cafe Mike Cardy has announced that ASA has re-established a presence in Western Australia with Tunesmith's Cafe aligning with the ASA's Wax Lyrical. I have been appointed as the Regional Coordinator for Western Australia. The Australian Songwriters Association is Australia's pre-eminent song writing association and proudly presents the annual Australian Songwriting Contest, which this year has more than $30,000 of prizes. This song writing contest is the largest competition in the country and provides industry exposure for all finalists along with the great prizes.
The Australian Songwriters Association has a lot to offer people who create original music in Australia, from the grass roots amateur to experienced and published songwriters. Along with a whole range of services the association offers:
• A regular magazine that makes an enjoyable, informative read, and keeps members updated on various ASA Performance Opportunities, CD Reviews, Australian and International Song Contests, Industry Seminars/Forum Reviews etc. The publication also contains general information relating to Songwriting and Songwriters, and ASA members are often profiled or reviewed.
• Representation at music industry forums and seminars, to represent members. The association obtains important and relevant information to relay to ASA Songwriters, and are always seeking funding and appropriate networks to assist and unite our members with the community and the music industry in general.
• Communication with other songwriters, either on the internet or at live events in a supportive atmosphere. It creates opportunities for collaboration and networking. It also provides members with an avenue to come into contact with top songwriters and industry professionals, to assist their own growth and inspiration.
• Performance Opportunities - a nationwide network of Wax Lyrical, GAS gigs (Gigs Across Societies) where we work in with other songwriting bodies, special industry Showcases and well deserved Gala performances at our prestigious National Songwriting Contest Awards, offer many levels for our members to hone and present their work in the live environment.
• Song Feedback Service: Songwriters and Lyricists can now send in recordings of their work to the National Office of the ASA, and receive feedback from respected Music Industry professionals. This service is available all-year-round, though it can be done at the same time as entering the Australian Songwriting Contest. The price is $33 per song for members or $44 for non-members (or a single fee of $22 for Lyrics only).
ASA Membership applications are available on line through the website at - Click here to be taken to the registration form. The association is also on Facebook - go to ASA Facebook. In due course you will see the familiar ASA logo displayed at our Tunesmith's Cafe nights at Legends Bar in Attadale. I am keen to build the network of songwriters across Western Australia and across Australia. Please feel free to contact me if you know of songwriters coming to Western Australia who are looking to participate in an open mic night, or who might be travelling east and who we can refer to our colleagues in the east. I also encourage song writers to explore the Australian Song Writers Association website and consider the benefits of becoming a member. For example, getting profiled in the magazine can be a great way to get exposure across Australia to coincide with the release of a CD.
Tunesmiths Cafe (Incorporating Wax Lyrical - Australian Songwriters Association), Legends Bar, Hislop Road Attadale 7.30pm Wednesdays To book a spot - Mike Cardy - 0413 677 084 or• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or

Musical instruments Needed "Melville Friends of Hatolia (Timor Leste) Inc is seeking pre-loved but no longer needed musical instruments for children in Hatolia. Our Friends group is working closely with a school and the teachers have asked for musical instruments so that they can include music into the children's school day. The instrument must be in working order so please no broken instruments. If you can include an instruction manual or the first book for your instrument that would be wonderful. Unfortunately any instrument that requires power is no good as electricity is unreliable in Hatolia. If you can help please email I will be able to collect if necessary."

Virgin Australia gives travelling musicians a break! APRA members are now able to start taking advantage of a more musician-friendly baggage allowance thanks to a special industry deal developed between Virgin Australia and the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). The new initiative addresses the ongoing problems musicians face when travelling with musical equipment - being baggage restrictions and high excess baggage charges. We hope the new Virgin Australia baggage allowances will have a positive impact on the ability of Australian artists to tour more often and more cost effectively.
What's On Offer
Virgin Australia is now offering the music industry a baggage allowance of 32kg (across three pieces of checked baggage) for individual artists - with an additional 32kg able to be purchased in advance for just $15. This baggage allowance is available on Virgin Australia-owned and operated domestic services only and must be booked or pre-purchased at least 48 hours prior to departure. This offer applies to all new bookings and cannot be provided in retrospect, and Virgin Australia will not refund normal baggage charges already paid.
This offer is available to APRA & AMCOS members, as well as musicians who are members of other Australian music bodies. For more information on the offer and the booking process - head to the Member Benefits Section on the APRA website. (Let's hope that Qantas also come to the party)

WAM OPEN MIC GUIDE What's the best way get back on track or start your musical career? Practice your performance, then get out there and show your stuff. Let's face it, there's no experience like real experience!
Open Mic, Jam & Improvised Music Sessions are not just a fun night out - they're an important way to get involved in the music scene. Whatever your style of music, you can trial ideas and craft important performance skills. Gain experience, confidence, inspiration, feedback, advice, or find other players/writers to work with, by getting involved with your local music scene. Head to for the full listing of what's happening throughout WA... you may also want to sign up to our Open Mic Mailing List too!

WELCOME WEST TV - CHANNEL 44 In our last publication, WAM reported that Perth is to be the first community station in Australia to commence digital broadcasts, with new community licensee West TV. We are now pleased to confirm that new Perth Community Digital TV Station, West TV, will commence 'test transmission' on channel 44 from Monday 15 March. Local, free to air content is anticipated to hit our screens from Saturday 10 April. Visit the West TV website at - call the station on (08) 9221 5355, or email

Seeking WA Music Recordings. We have started a collection of Western Australian music with the aim to collect a copy of every music recording, DVD, CD, cassette or vinyl produced in Western Australia, or recorded by Western Australian artists. The task is way beyond our budget and staffing resources, but nevertheless, has produced a collection of more than 4000 items to date. I am interested in acquiring copies of your recordings to add to the collection. We naturally would be pleased to receive a donation of your recordings, however we are also happy to purchase them if you get in touch with me for details. Antoinette Carrier, Librarian, Collection Development, State Library of Western Australia, Ph: (08) 9427 3286

Acoustic Gig possibilities - "Hello people, I have spots available at The Swan Lounge, North Fremantle for acoustic performers on Sundays. This is for solo performers or people from bands that want to play an acoustic show. Please get in contact with me if you are interested and I can arrange a date for you. Email for more info. I also book bands on Wednesdays and Saturdays at The Swan Lounge if that is more your type of thing, feel free to email me about those bookings also. Thanks, Steve" Let me know if there is any other info you need to know. Thanks, Steve

DIGITAL RADIO Are you an artist or in a band and want exposure on digital radio? Radar Radio is passionate about undiscovered music, so get on it! Digital radio is a new and exciting way for listeners to tune in to current, and new, radio stations. Digital radio launched during May 2009 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth! This new technology offers digital sound quality and a stack of other enhanced features. To pick it up you'll need a digital radio receiver, or you can stream stations like Radar Radio online 24/7. Visit - call (02) 9375 1544 or email

ROYALTY LOST & FOUND Composers and songwriters, do yourself a favour and check out the list of outstanding royalty payments awaiting collection at Australia's two major licence/royalty collection agencies (there are a few well known Folk people on these lists) . If you are not registered with at least one of these organisations, and publicly perform &/or sell your own recordings of original works, you are potentially missing out on live performance &/or mechanical recording royalties! The Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) current list is available here. For more about the APRA & AMCOS, visit call (08) 9382 8299 or contact The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) current list is available here. For more about the PPCA, visit call (02) 8569 1100 or contact