WA Folk Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

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(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 at folk@waolk.iinet.net.au 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 5th February
Featuring the indomitable performer Peter Bugden. Pete’s sense of humour & powerful voice makes him very popular with our club members and will be a great start to our 2016 programme.
Hills Folk Club is held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $7 entry.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com

-- The Rogues @ Clancys.
The Rogues will be cranking out their hard driving tribute to the Pogues this Friday 5th February at Clancy's Fish Pub in Fremantle. Come down to see some of Fre'os best musical talent deliver a night of blistering high energy celtic music!
On stage at 7.30. No cover charge.
Plus we'll be back on Friday 12th and Friday 19th if you can't make it this week!

Feb 6
-- David Hyams
David has just returned from a run of shows in Tasmania, including as a headliner for the new "Pear Tree Songwriters Festival" and starts his WA shows from February with the closing spot at Fremantle's Gaslight Club, along with bassist extraodinaire Roy Martinez. The Miles To Go Band has been on the back burner for the last 5 years while David has pursued his songwriting project and also toured extensively with Kimberley rising star John Bennett. The band has been invited to play the 50th National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter and is starting a run of shows in March.
Feb 6 - Music in The Vineyard, Jalbaragup - with Rose Parker
Feb 18 - Fremantle Writers Block@ Clancys Fremantle (also feat. Mo Wilson, Aminah, Hughes, Fiona Rea, David Pensabene)
March 4 - The Miles To Go trio @ Central Park (Perth City, lunchtime)
March 12 - Songwriting workshop @ Fremantle Arts Centre 10am-4pm.
March 18 - David Hyams and the Miles To Go band @ Mundaring Folk and Blues Club

8th February
-- Fremantle Shanty Club (Hosted by The Lost Quays)
2nd (or first) Monday of each month (Always the night before the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle 7:30pm - 9:30pm FREE
Shanty Club Ahoy! Get yourself down to Clancy's Fremantle and blast the barnacles off your vocal cords at Shanty Club, hosted by The Lost Quays. Everyone is welcome! We all love listening to music and participating is even MORE fun. You don't have to be a "singer" as warbling, croaking, muttering and mumbling are all encouraged. Entry is FREE upon purchase of a pint of Clancy's best.
Contact Name Ashley Schipp ph 64684331 | mob 0456034198 | email schippahoy@hotmail.com | web www.thelostquays.com
We also have the following Perth Fringe Festival gigs coming up.
Thurs 28th Jan 8:00pm Free Rodney's Bait & Tackle Mosman Park
Thurs 4th Feb 8:00pm Free Rodney's Bait & Tackle Mosman Park
Fri 12th Feb 7:00pm $5 The Moon Northbridge
Sat 13th Feb 7:00pm $5 The Moon Northbridge

OUR FIRST EVENT FOR 2016 Our first supperclub for 2016 is on Monday 8 February at Dome Cafe, Maylands, with music provided by lovely local musician Helen Townsend. Bookings via www.summersupperclub.com
SUPPERCLUB REVUE AT FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL I’m excited to advise that Supperclub is heading to the Fairbridge Music Festival this year, MC’d by yours truly (Jane C):).
Supperclub Revue at Fairbridge will run on the Fri and Sat nights of the festival from 6-8pm, featuring a specially curated variety show of Fairbridge talent. Tix can be booked now if you're planning to be at the festival - I’m hoping they’ll sell out before the festival weekend, so get in quick!
Tix are just $40 and include reserved seating and a two-course dinner featuring dips followed by a main, which you order at the time of booking online. Reasonably priced artisan wines will also be on sale by the glass or bottle (no BYO).
Copy and paste this link into your web server to be taken to the bookings page… www.trybooking.com/177134

Friday 12th February
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
Music starts at 8.pm. Dorchester community Hall Cnr of Dorchester and Dugdale st Warwick.
For the First meeting of 2016 we have an exciting new format featuring 1 Main act and 1 support Act and floor spots.
Bluegrass Parkway are the longest continuously performing bluegrass band in Australia. This band have played at most major and minor folk and country festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand and they have successfully toured bluegrass festivals in the United States on a number of occasions.What sets the band apart from others is the priority they have placed on presenting Bluegrass music in its most authentic form. Since early 1994 Bluegrass Parkway have performed around a single microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre in the 1940s. This came about after the band produced a presentation for the Toodyay Folk Festival in which they showed how Bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the Stanley Brothers played Bluegrass music in the early days. The response from audiences was so positive that the band made the decision to keep doing it that way; besides, it was so much fun! Not only does the audience get a taste of Bluegrass music 40s and 50's style, it is also able to enjoy strong three and four part harmonies as well as witnessing some pretty fancy footwork. Since "retro" pioneering the single microphone, many bluegrass bands have joined Bluegrass Parkway and the single microphone revival!
Also Featuring Mike Cardy. With a wide range of influences including Jimmy Page, Neil Young and in later years Mark Knopfler.Mike uses a number of guitars on stage and, through the different sounds, tunings and playing styles, delivers a unique range and variety of material. Mike released his first album in 2002, "Stories from the City – Live", a compilation of live recordings. Mike’s second record, "smiling on the inside", was released in August 2005. Mike has just released "Frank Conversations" - his second studio album. Go to the Discography page for some clips.
Among the Floor Spots will be The Rambling Bilbies.
Refreshments Provided. Cost $10.00 (WAFF and Concession $8.00).
For more info email John at johndralph@hotmail.com.

-- The Lost Quays
“The Lost Quays” are a 10 voice male choir dedicated to singing shanties and other songs of the sea. A sea shanty (or “chantey”) was traditionally sung by sailors while labouring together aboard sailing ships. These songs are rhythmic and energetic, but are simple and easy to learn, making them ideal for audience participation. They can reveal interesting insights into seafaring history.
While many of our songs are traditional, we also embrace folk and pop songs where appropriate. We mostly perform acapella (unaccompanied), but do sometimes include instruments such as guitar, mandolin and accordion. Our repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour, and occasional mischief.
We have the following Perth Fringe Festival gigs coming up.
Fri 12th Feb 7:00pm $5 The Moon Northbridge
Sat 13th Feb 7:00pm $5 The Moon Northbridge
Contact Name Ashley Schipp ph 64684331 | mob 0456034198 | email schippahoy@hotmail.com | web www.thelostquays.com

Wed Feb 17th.
-- John Ralph
The Gaslight Club 179 High Street Fremantle 8PM.
John’s music has been influenced by many Genres. He has a performed solo at Cambridge and Ely Folk festivals in the UK, and Illawarra, Toodjay,and Fairbridge festivals In Australia. His time in Rock and Country bands have influenced his playing which has a contemporary feel but still has roots firmly in the tradition.
His latest CD Ten Fingers contains songs from some of the most influential songwriters of our time as well as songs and Instrumentals influenced by John’s travels in Australia and his work with Sudanese Refugees.
His song “Songlines” received a commendation and made the final 30 in the Australian Songwriting Association Competition 2014.
‘His C D’s leave you with a feeling you would like to catch a live performanceas he creates a great vibe with is singing and playing’ John Williams. Trad andNow
For more information see www.johnralph.org Facebook. John Ralph Musician/Teacher.

Friday Feb 19th
This Month's Lineup: BRAD & BEAU, PETER BUGDEN, "Mystery Act", THE FO'C'S'LE FIRKINS
Come along, enjoy a laugh, join in a chorus, enjoy the music, have a drink &a bite to eat, kick back and Enjoy Yourselves!
As always the CWA girls will be turning on an excellent meal and the Club provides a well stocked bar. The gang, as always will be there to look after you, the music and the fun.
The place to be is the Mundaring Sporting Club in Coolgardie Street Mundaring.
The doors open at 6.45 and the music starts at 7.30. See you there!
Feel free to hit us up on the website http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au/

Saturday February 20th
-- Vin Garbutt Fly By Night.
After having to cancel his 2015 Australian Tour due to ill health, Vin Garbutt returns for a tour of Australia in February 2016.
Vin is one of Britains busiest and much loved performers with many fans here in Australia. Vin will perform on Saturday February 20th in the new Fly by Night Club in Fremantle's Victoria Hall.
A gifted Singer/Songwriter who writes and sings serious songs peppered with lengthy and often hilarious introductions. The combination makes Vin unique. Add to this his amazing ability as a Tin Whistle Player and a pretty handy Guitaristthen you are up for a most enjoyable night. Ever popular here in Australia, Vin has been coming here for years..
Vin will be supported by special guest Peter Bugden and tickets will go on sale soon watch this space.
Early bird tickets at the reduced price of $35 (normal price $41.80) only 75 at this price, Reserve yours now by contacting Richard Collins Mob 0422 914 568 or by email at richardcollins@arach.net.au
FLY BY NIGHT, 179 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160, PH: (08) 9430 5208 www.flybynight.org

18 February
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block
Clancy's Fish Pub 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, at 19:30
The Fremantle Writers Block is back - with the last Fremantle show for a while of (soon to be departing for Melbourne) Aminah Hughes, Mo Wilson in solo mode, fresh from 'the Drivers' new EP launch, another of Freo's famous 'Daves' - David Pensabene, Sparrow's Fiona Rea, back by popular demand Rose Parker, and with usual host back in the saddle, David Hyams

Sunday 21st February
-- Jackadder's Music Club
Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands – Time: 3:00pm
Guest Performers: The Littlest Fox
Come along and hear the Littlest Fox's earthy acoustic tones and enchanting harmonies bring to life stories of Australia.
Described by the Fairbridge Folk Festival as being "rising stars of the local indie-folk-pop scene", The Littlest Fox have been credited for their absorbing vocal harmonies and story-telling. Embracing their heritage, Ashlea Reale and Jenny Gaunt have brought to life forgotten tales of shipwrecks, bush rangers, prison breaks and home grown heroes. With a handful of instruments under their belt, including cello, biscuit tin banjo and cajon, the girls always give a passionate, intimate performance with endearing stage banter to leave you feeling like old friends.
The music of the Littlest Fox captures the soul and imagination of these two songwriters,showcasing stories and events from Australian history. From true recollections of events like the Pinjarra Massacre to fictional tales of what it might have been like to be Ned Kelly’s girl, the duo have brought local history to the forefront of the contemporary music scene. Since recording their first album, Paper Aeroplane, in 2011, The Littlest Fox have released three full length albums, an EP, two music videos and toured across Australia, performing at Folk Festivals Nationwide.
Through the Dark is the latest album by the Littlest Fox, released in October 2015. The first single, Federation Song, sets the tone for the album - a fun, exciting approach to local history. The Littlest Fox will be embarking on their first European Tour in June 2016.
Entry: $8 Adults Children Free - tickets available at door For more information contact Carmel on 0412777061 or email: carmel@carmelcharlton.com

22 February
-- The Grigoryan Brothers
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to present the Grigoryan Brothers National Tour - This Time
The Grigoryan Brothers for one night only at 7.30pm at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.
'This Time' is the latest release by Australia’s most respected guitar duo, their 6th duo release, and highlights the brothers’ astounding skills which are at the core of the critical acclaim they have achieved in Australia and on the international stage. It is not classical, not jazz, not world......... it is the Grigoryan Brothers.
For this tour the Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works from ‘This Time’ as well as a selection of works from their previous releases. Last time they performed at KPAC the show was a sellout and tickets are selling fast.
Tickets are $35 concession, $40 adults and available from www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/kpac or 9257 2558.

FRIDAY 26th February 2016
-- John Spillane and Pauline Scanlon
Pauline Scanlon , (Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland), is a singer of contemporary and traditional Irish music. Dingle is in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht, an area where the population's first language is Irish, (Gaeilge). Scanlon, herself a native Irish speaker, possesses a voice of sublime musicality. Pauline has been singing professionally since she was 15 years old. She has toured the world extensively, including Australia a number of times with different projects. Scanlon has two solo albums, 'Red Colour Sun' and ‘Hush’ and in 2009 she formed celebrated vocal duo LUMIERE with Éilís kennedy. The critically acclaimed duo have gone from strength to strength releasing two albums and performing on many of the world’s great stages including a recent performance in New York's Carnegie Hall. When she’s not touring, in recent years Pauline has taken to the small screen and has been involved in a number of music related documentaries and television programmes for the Irish language television station TG4 and for the BBC in Belfast where she currently lives. http://www.paulinescanlon.net/ | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZegM9F9kqPs
John Spillane is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it remains a huge creative influence on him. A singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland, Spillane grew up in the suburb of Bishopstown, Cork, in a large family of boys and was educated in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh and graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Irish and in English. His musical nature was encouraged by his Mother who taught him a variety of Cork songs. A shy child, he got his first guitar at the age of fifteen and joined his first band in school, drawing his early rock influences from artists like the Beatles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. He brings a unique sean-nós influence to his singing and has been described as having a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”. Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished and celebrated songwriters in Ireland today. http://www.johnspillane.ie/ | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5fkNR1O6tY

27 February
-- The Folk Machine ALBUM LAUNCH at 20:00
Rodney's Bait n Tackle, 598 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park, Western Australia,
The Folk Machine have been plying our trade under the radar for the past year playing every weekend at cafes in Fremantle fuelled by coffee and a whif of bluegrass slowly transforming into something we haven't been before. Once we thought we knew what that was, we set up in a shed for a weekend late last year and simultaneously aimed at the record button until we hit it enough times to call it an album. Some new songs and old, captured in their momentary glimmer and gruffness. We use bluegrass instruments but we're not a bluegrass band. I don't know exactly what we are. It'll be different next time anyway. Come down to Rodney's, the most incredible boat-bar there never was, and help us launch my new favourite Folk Machine record that heaves with all the fervour you've ever wanted from folks like us.

-- Neil Murray LIVE AND INTIMATE IN THE FLYTRAP. Fly By Night, VICTORIA HALL! 179 High Street, Fremantle.
Neil Murray first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia, yielding such classic songs as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakarnu, Stompin Ground, From the Bush and Waru. Neil Murray has since become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released twelve solo albums- "Calm & Crystal Clear", "These Hands", "Dust", "The Wondering Kind”,” Going The Distance", ?"About Time" (a 2CD retrospective compilation) Spoken , 2Songmen (live with Shane Howard in Darwin) ,"Overnighter", “Witness” , “Sing the Song”- the essential Neil Murray- and the latest “Bring Thunder and Rain” – which received a 4starr review by The Age.
Neil Murray’s song writing is diverse- from the rollicking "Good Light in Broome", to the environmental urgency of “Burning land” to the prayerful "Native Born", the roots groove of "Long Grass Band", the endurance of love in "Over the Moon", the journeyman monologues of "Lights of Hay" and "Where my people go", the reflection on mortality in High On a Hill and Whispering Casuarina and the contemplation of place in Burrumbeep Hill and Tjapwurrung Country. His work collectively describes an inner landscape to the heart of the nation - a journey which has done much to deepen and strengthen Australia’s contemporary musical heritage. Those who have read his novel "Sing for me Countryman" (regarded as an Australian classic) or poetry book "One Man Tribe", or listened to his spoken word CD - "Spoken" or seen his play "King For This Place" or read his song lyrics in the published book "Native Born" would know of his affinity for the land and respect for indigenous culture.
In 1995, Neil Murray was awarded the APRA song of the year for "My Island Home" originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu. "My Island Home" has become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2005 Neil Murray received an environmental achievement award by the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority in western Victoria for his efforts in instigating “Healing Walks” along watercourses in the region and for being the inspiration behind establishment of the annual Lake Bolac Eel festival.
In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote in the indigenous Luritja language-with fellow Warumpi Band co-founder Sammy Butcher was honoured by the National Film And Sound archives- “Sounds Of Australia” series- as a significant recording in Australia’s musical heritage. In 2010 his iconic song “My Island Home” was published as a children’s book and the equally landmark “Blackfella Whitefella” was published as a children’s book in 2012 by One Day Hill.
Neil Murray performs regularly at festivals and live music venues in Australia and overseas.
http://www.neilmurray.com.au | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etiA4IsaAD0 | www.flybynight.org

Saturday 12th and 13th March and 19th and 20th March 2016
-- Bluegrass Jamming Class Taught by Greg McGrath using the Wernick Method
The 2016 Perth Bluegrass Jam Workshop will run over two weekends from Saturday 12th and 13th March and 19th and 20th March 20916. The location for the workshop will be Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne.
The $360.00 ($310.00 early bird) registration fee covers all tuition, handouts, morning and afternoon teas and lunches for the four days. Early-bird registration closes 1 February 2016.
Places are limited and pre-booking is essential to secure a place.
To register - http://jamcampsaustralia.com.
For more information - Email jamcamps@australianbluegrass.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
-- Luka Bloom Fly By Night NOW @ VICTORIA HALL! 179 High Street, Fremantle
The Fly By Night is honoured to announce Luka Bloom - 'The Frugalisto Tour'
This show WILL sell out fast, so grab your tickets early. http://flybynight.org/event/luka-bloom/
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage. His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs. Luka's concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people's work.
Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theaters, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country.
Luka has always been a strong supporter of The Fly By Night and we are very thankful to have him return.

8th and 10th April
-- Tony Backhouse Gospel singing workshops
Hullo there. Good news. Tony Backhouse is definitely going to be here between 8th and 10th April to run one of his fabulous Gospel singing workshops. Venue is The Beacon Yoga Centre which he is happy about. We'd love to see you there and if you have anyone to share this info with please do.
Info form: Gyan Godfrey 0415995121 gya42@yahoo.com

15 April - 17 April 2016
--Fairbridge Festival
Fairbridge Village, South West Hwy, Pinjarra, Western Australia 6208
The Fairbridge Festival of inspired music is back for its 24th year in 2016 with more of the music and camaraderie that patrons know and love all packaged up together in a magical weekend escape that will feed your soul.
The three-day family-friendly camping festival features close to 100 local, national and international world, folk and roots acts of renown across multiple stages set in a beautiful rural village all just an hour south of Perth. The much-loved festival also incorporates bespoke youth and children's festivals so there really is something for everyone along with artisan markets, well-being zone, community stalls, workshops, comedy, dance and street theatre - what's not to like!
Early bird ticket From 7.00 am Thursday 29 October 2015 until 9.00 pm Friday 19 February 2016
Standard From 9.01 pm 19 February 2016 until 9.00 pm 14 April 2016.
Tickets will also be available from the Ticket Tent at the festival (gate prices apply).
Ticket sales are online through Moshtix, at Moshtix outlets, or by calling 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend)
-- Denmark Festival of Voice
The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open.
BUT close end of October
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
Please do not leave it to the last minute to complete your application - we do not want you or us to miss out!

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: paulinekevin@bigpond.com

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues

4th of

Innaloo Folk'n'Blues contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com


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 kayj4u@gmail.com
3pm-5pm Jackadders - carmel@carmelcharlton.com

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 @hotmail.com


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: brief@iprimus.com.au



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&wattle@iinet.net.au 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: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au
Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group: , 7.45 pm. Isobel Eaton 9304 5114
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 7.15 - 9.15p.m. www.horashalom.org.au

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
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 www.horashalom.org.au

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am
Fair Maids of Perth. Meet fortnightly on Fridays at 7pm in the Guide Hall in Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Email: fairmaidsperth@gmail.com

Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm www.horashalom.org.au
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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WAM Song Of The Year opens, offering over $40,000 in prizes WAM swings straight back into championing WA music with WAM Song Of The Year, following a hugely successful WAM Festival, Wheatbelt Touring Circuit finale and Sounds Of The Goldfields launch, all in November alone. The competition is now open for submissions til Monday 25 January 2016, with $40,000 worth of prizes on offer to WA songwriters of all ages, levels and genres!
There are 16 categories, each category offering winners a cash prize, studio time with WA’s best (including Artisan, Blackbird Sound Studio, Crank Recording, Debaser Studios, Electric City Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, GibSONICS / Belltones Studio, Poons Head, Shanghai Twang, Sonic Lolly, Soundbaker, Sovereign Studios, Sumo Sound Studios, Tone City Recording Studio, Rada Studios and Underground Studios) and more prizes soon to be announced!
Entries are open from 9am, Wednesday December 9, 2015 and close 5pm, Monday January 25, 2016. Online entries only via www.songoftheyear.com.au more info at: http://wam.org.au/wam-song-of-the-year/

Denmark Festival of Voice 3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend) The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open.
BUT close in 6 weeks time!!! (end of October)
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
Please do not leave it to the last minute to complete your application - we do not want you or us to miss out!

Come All Ye.... To the GRAND OLD WAFF AGM To be held at 1pm just before Carmel’s usual 2pm JACKADDER Folk Club session on SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2015 AT JACKADDER LAKE RESERVE ROSEWOOD AVENUE, WOODLANDS WA 6018.

Denmark Festival of Voice: 2016 3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend) The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open!!
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
See the website for photos from the 2015 festival
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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 www.wafolk.org.AU. 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.

World Music in WA - WIGWAM Gig Guide www.facebook.com/wigwamgigguide
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 mattprice@dodo.com.au

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: http://www.wam.asn.au/Portals/0/docs/AMIN/QANTAS-MusicianAdditionalBaggageAllowance.pdf 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: http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/carry-on-baggage/global/en#jump1 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 Music@virginaustralia.com 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 mikecardymusic@iprimus.com.au.• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or tunesmithscafe@iinet.net.au

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 wendy.corrick@iinet.net.au. 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 wam.asn.au/openmic 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 www.wtvperth.com.au - call the station on (08) 9221 5355, or email info@wtvperth.com.au

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 mmmperth@gmail.com 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 www.radarradio.com.au - call (02) 9375 1544 or email info@radarradio.com.au

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 www.apra-amcos.com.au call (08) 9382 8299 or contact wa@apra.com.au The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) current list is available here. For more about the PPCA, visit www.ppca.com.au call (02) 8569 1100 or contact ppca.mail@ppca.com.au