WA Folk Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation to help promote
folk events in Western Australia.
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
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If you want your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:

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I can't get text from pics, pdf's are awkward and take extra time
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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 calendar at (new anti spam email) 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.

-- Click here for Regular Song & Spoken Word events (or scroll down the page).

16th September
-- Craig Sinclair
Craig Sinclair plays folk blues at the White Star Hotel Albany. 72 Stirling Tce, Albany, Western Australia 6330
Sunday from 17:00-20:00

Monday 17 September 2018
-- Supperclub
Out of Season is the love child of well known a cappella act Summerhouse. Incorporating various instruments has given this bunch of fine singers more scope for harmony and hamming it up. It that were not reason enough to come along, our beloved silver fox and Supperclub co-host Neilo Steward is one of the members.
Our spoken word for September is Murray Jennings, a longstanding local poet and writer with a whole swag of credits to his name. I haven’t seen Murray in an age, and I’m looking forward to hearing him read.
Bookings are via the new Supperclub web page at and more info at https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html

20 September
-- A New Folk & Acoustic Music Club (Monthly)
Starting in Merriwa (Just starting, as yet with no name, free, get in on the ground floor!)
7:30 PM until about 10:00 PM every 3rd Thursday evening of every month
Play an acoustic instrument? Like to sing or tell tall tales? Come from a rich folk arts/music heritage? Like Aussie Bush songs and dance?
Just want to learn or listen to some new tunes?True North Compass Building Childcare Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa Western Australia. The focus of this club will be learning and sharing folk/acoustic music together, growing creatively, and later perhaps performing community service. Acoustic instrumentalists of all levels, ages, and styles (folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, etc.) are surely welcome and encouraged. Poets, dancers, singers, story-tellers also welcome. Generally the format will be a sing-around with everyone getting a chance to add a song or performance. Then perhaps learning something together.
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments.
Starts - 7:30 PM

Friday 21st September
-- Bluegrass Meets Southern Celt .
The next live traditional show at the Irish Club will be a bit different to the previous two which pitted two Celtic cultures against each other. This time one of the acts is based on the music formed in the Americas, mainly influenced by the Irish and Scots.
A mix of fantastic bluegrass tunes and songs from Australia and America meets head on with a brand new Scottish band playing traditional cutting edge tunes on fiddle, small pipes, guitar, bass and percussion.
The City Slickers are an all acoustic band playing a mixed bag of music from bluegrass to country to everybody’s favourite songs. Featuring Wayne Perry on guitar and vocals, Ian Simpson on banjo and dobro, along with Adam Gare on mandolin and fiddle and Peter Harper on double bass. It’s rare to see these musicians play together and they are excited to be performing just for you!
Southern Celt is a new 6 piece band that has recently given WA a kick in the folking pants. High energy reels, delicate melodies and playful experiments with time signatures makes this one of the most exciting ensembles to come out of Perth. Stuart Robertson (small pipes), Chris MacDonald (guitar), Paul Spencer (Bass guitar), David Johnston (percussion), Chris Macaulay (keyboard) and Fiona Davidson (fiddle) are sure to capture your ear.
All the details are on the booking site TryBooking with a link on the attached poster - https://www.trybooking.com/XARY
If you have any queries please contact me by email or mobile - 0418334513. The first two shows like this were sell outs so make you sure you get in early for you tickets.
On at 8:00pm (doors and bar open from 7.15pm) Meals may be booked directly with the Irish Club in the upstairs room on 9381 5213

-- Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
Before anything else Peter and Cathy, our wonderful food people are retiring from the game. We wish to thank them for the years of service they have given the club. This month another couple, Glen and Kim, will be making food for us.
On Friday the 21th September at Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues we have another great night waiting for you. Kicking off this evening is Tania Martin. Tania came along to hear Brett and Storme and wrote to me and said she’d love to play. I got to listen to some of her music and was really impressed, with some magic (and obviously well trained) vocals. Took me a while but it’s organised and she is bringing a bunch of musos with her.
Second up is “Jane and the Rain”, a duo of Jane Cornes and Neil Seward, bith of whom have played for us before and both of whom are accomplished musicians. Jane has serious experience in the folk game, having been half of Doris a few years ago, playing all the festivals, and Neil has played all over (including with Raelene Bruinsma at the club about a year ago).
In the centre are a duo from Bridgetown, Steve Packer and Karen Hunt, also known as Short and Curly. They played some years back and were keen to come again, and we are keen to have them. They blend blues, country and folk as well as touches of r ‘n’ b, doo-wop and reggae into their distinctive style of acoustic roots music. They create a magic sound and they are not in these parts often, so come and see!
Jarrah Celts are lead by Chris Horgan, who has played for us before fronting the Ferrymen. Chris is brilliant, but has been busy with his own musical ventures, so it is a pleasure to welcome him back to the sage at Mundaring. With Chris is Bob Emery, last seen by us with Cobwebs, himself a giant of the folk scene and the other member of the band is none other than Kim Bettenay. We have been attempting to lure Kim back to the club for ages, and now Chris has done it for us.
The folk club is on at the Mundaring Sporting Club in Coolgardie Street Mundaring.
The usual crowd will be there to look after you, there will be food and a bar available and the music, always amazing, starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45, and it’s always a good night!
Check out the website – http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

September 21st -24th, 2018
-- Manjimup Bluegrass and Old Time Music Weekend.
We are excited to be hosting another Bluegrass and Old Timey Music long weekend.
This year our guest musicians are Ashlee Watkins, Andrew Small and Jeremy Marcotte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCde55bhutA
The New Macedon Rangers ( Ash & Andy) perform a range of traditional dance music from North Carolina and Virginia to mountain ballads and early country songs. Stirring vocal harmonies and driving instrumentals tap into the essence of traditional mountain music while original tunes and songs move the tradition forward. They are winners of many awards including: 2018 - 1st Prize Old-Time Band, Fiddler's Grove 2017 - 1st Prize Old Time Band, Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention. The versatile duo has also won blue ribbons for fiddle, banjo, and folk singing as well as the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship.
Weekend Events:
Saturday Night Concert: New Macedon Rangers with Jeremy Marcotte support act Doug and Cletus
Sunday Night Blackboard Concert: Open to all
Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Banjo, Band Craft and Vocal Harmonies.
Sunday Gospel Service
Fast Jams, Slow Jams and late into the night Jams!
Tickets on sale soon!

23rd September
-- Matildas Music Club (twice monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Open mic music club.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Music starts 2 pm.
Claremont Bowling Club - 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
Plenty of parking. Drinks at club prices.
Entry $5.00
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.

Sunday 30th September
-- VoiceMale and Glyde in Song; In Song and Heart
Following the huge success of our last concert "Hilltop Harmonies" in June and “ March Musical Menagerie" in 2017, choir favourites Fremantle’s all male choir Voicemale are joining with Glyde In Song for a new show with some special guests, Radusja (a cappella trio), and a quartet from the Perth Mandolin Orchestra doing their take on some funky European folk music
The Groups together present an eclectic mixture of Caucasus folk music,African gospel, contemporary favourites, toe tapping tunes and all round entertainment, with homemade refreshments available.
The venue; Progress Hall, Hilton PCYC.
Sunday 30th September 2018 from 2:30– 4:30pm.
contact Matt on 0412 402 640 or Digby on 0401588 956.
Tickets can be prepurchased from Trybooking; https://www.trybooking.com/XOXF or at the door. $20 a ticket ($15 pensioner/ H-C card)

Friday 5th October, 2018
-- HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly)
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry. Kids free.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com

5 - 7 October 2018
-- Nanga Music Festival
If you’ve been thinking about going to Nanga but can’t commit to a whole weekend, the good news is we’ve just released day tickets for the Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Of course, you can still book a weekend ticket with or without on-site accommodation. Either way, it’s likely that these tickets will sell out in the next few weeks.
You can book Tickets here.
With just one stage and only 300 people, Nanga is unlike any other festival experience. Acoustic music merges with the lush bush setting, giving you the opportunity to get away from it all while being part of it all.
The Nanga experience goes beyond the concert stage and embraces a connection with the beautiful Nanga setting - and with each other. By Sunday night, our small community feels like an extended circle of friends. We eat together. We sing and play and dance together. And together we breathe in the magnificent atmosphere that surrounds us.
The rustic nature of the festival setting goes hand in hand with acoustic music. Artists perform folk, blues, celtic, indigenous and world music from a single intimate stage. Nanga is renowned for its small size - meaning you are never far from the action. Many artists also love to share their gift through workshops in a welcoming, safe space for participation. We're getting excited as preparations kick into high gear for the 2018 festival. That excitement also extends to your continued support of the festival.
Join in at Nanga through workshops, singalongs and bush walks. The festival also schedules a range of performance opportunities: open mikes, song circles, fireside jams, poetry reading and the (in)famous Blind Date Concert, where intrepid patrons partner with Nanga artists on the main stage!Join in at Nanga through workshops, singalongs and bush walks. The festival also schedules a range of performance opportunities: open mikes, song circles, fireside jams, poetry reading and the (in)famous Blind Date Concert, where intrepid patrons partner with Nanga artists on the main stage!

Monday 8 October
-- English Music Session (2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome
The English Music Session has been going for about 4 years, starting at the Moon and Sixpence, and now residing (ironically) at The Irish Club in Subiaco. After a short break it will resume Monday 8 October.
It is an open-to-all session - - bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
2nd and 4th Monday evening - start 7:00 pm Irish Club, Townshend Rd. Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

-- SHANTY CLUB (2nd Monday monthly)
at 19:30 Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
The irresistable song of the Siren calls you back to the SHANTY CLUB. First the Shanteasers and now She Shants. There's a revolution going on! or... is it a mutiny? Of course the Lost Quays will manfully weather the storm and try to keep the shanty club ship on an even keel. What could go wrong? Come on down to Clancy's for a rollicking good evening of shanties. Community singing at its best! All are welcome.

Thursday 11th October
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block (monthly)
Starts 7.30
very excited about next Thursday's Writers Block. Once again there's a great mix of different singer-songwriters,
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available

Shelby Means, Grammy-nominated bassist/singer and Joel Timmons, guitarist/singer took on the name Sally & George as a tribute to Means’ dapper grandparents. Heralded as a modern day Johnny & June, the duo deftly moves from rollicking rockers to gauzy reflections on love and faith, to walking bass-led country-indebted duets. Sally & George have traveled far in support of their debut album Tip My Heart.
I saw these guys the last time they came through Perth and they are truly the whole package, musically the real thing and great performers. Now you are invited to a house concert at my place in Como.
DATE Thursday 11 October TIME 8:00 pm PLACE: Como. Email Colleen Dixon cdixon@dixemail.com to book.

Friday 12th October
-- Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
We are delighted to welcome to our Club Alan Reid and Rob van Sante.
Scottish Folk: After four decades (from 1969 to 2010) as an ever present member of Battlefield Band, Reid decided that it was time to bow out in order to develop his writing and to follow other musical paths and partnerships. He left the band at the end of 2010 to concentrate on his musical duo with Rob van Sante who had also been Battlefield Band’s sound engineer. In early 2011 the duo undertook a tour of Australia and New Zealand followed by several tours of Scotland, Germany, United States, UK, Europe and Canada.
Alan was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keilor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. They won awards in Germany, Britain and the US and throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured its stature in Scottish culture as well sits influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.
Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtely and is a highly respected singer with a wealth of experience playing with a variety of prominent English folk and Celtic musicians.
Graham Wilson, long time friend of Rob Van Sante, will do a couple of songs to kick of the night.
Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm
$10 ($8 WAFF Members)
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday October 14th

The Annual General Meeting of the WA Folk Federation will be held at John Ralph's place from 2pm.
All members are encouraged to come along. If you wish to nominate for the committee you can do it in advance by emailing your nomination and a seconder to wafolk@hotmail.com

-- Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly)
Open mic music club.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Music starts 2 pm.
Claremont Bowling Club - 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
Plenty of parking. Drinks at club prices.
Entry $5.00
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.

-- Contra Dance (Monthly)
The dancing is 2-5pm
St Margaret's Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
Contra dance is quite popular around the world, and is a social dance that is a sort of mixture of square dance, English/Scottish dance, and some others. It is an easy dance to learn, and fun for all ages, with no partners or experience required to come along. Bring a water bottle, wear light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Or just come and listen to the great music and watch the swirling dancers.

Dates for the remaining 2018 contra dances will be 2nd Sundays through to December (so, Nov 11, Dec 9) www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra (you need to log in)
More info: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com 0422 718 220

-- Of Penguins and Men: An Interspecies Cabaret .
Roll up, roll up for the greatest show in Perth. And Fremantle! NEVER BEFORE have these two giants of choral madness appeared together on one stage. EXPERIENCE the MEN OF THE WEST and the BALLPOINT PENGUINS as they walk the tightrope between comedy and good taste. HEAR them performing together on the flying a cappella trapeze, with no instrumental net, without falling flat! For ONE NIGHT ONLY, 140 lucky people will join these celebrated clowns of song mixing it up with each other's repertoires. Get your tickets now, while they last!
Co-hosted with the Ballpoint Penguins-https://www.facebook.com/ballpointpenguins
Doors Open 5:30pm / Show Commences 6:30pm
*Patrons under the age of 18 may attend accompanied by a parent or legal guardian*
14 October from 17:30-20:30
Creatures NextDoor 42 Mews Road, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
Tickets · $25-$30 www.moshtix.com.au

Sunday 21st October
-- Jackadders (Monthly 3rd Sunday)
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands Time: 3pm – 5.30pm. Cost: Adults $8 Children free
Contact Carmel for more info carmel@carmelcharlton.com or 0412777061

7-10 December 2018
Sing, write and polish your performance skills with Brenda Chapman and Jane Cornes Maclean
Brenda and Jane are both experienced facilitators, with a passion for music and a commitment to supporting participants in their own creative journey.
Our days will be divided between singing, writing and performance skills workshops.
The location is Banksia Springs, a lovely bush retreat just outside Dwellingup, 90 minutes' drive south of Perth.
$475 for shared room accommodation and simple, nutritious vegetarian meals from Friday dinner to Monday breakfast. Limited private rooms available for an additional $100 per person.
Email jcornes@iinet.net.au.

1-4 March 2019
-- Nannup Music Festival
Nannup Music Festival

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
Bush Poets & Yarnspinners

2nd of

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

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues

4th of


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



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



Beaufort St Songwriters Club, Defectors Bar (above The Flying Scotsman) $5 entry

1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O'Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for more details about the groups 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
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 0414 859 393
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 0414 859 393

Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au
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
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 - 9pm
reefm@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024 https://www.facebook.com.roseandwattle

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 Carol Phillips 0408 629 571
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

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
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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Fly By Night Club Needs New Home
The Rise and now the Fall of Victoria Hall
In an ominous move from a cash strapped group, it has been announced by Fremantle Council that Victoria Hall will be sold.
Given that this Talbot Hobb's masterpiece is a high quality example of a community hall saved several times for the community, the question must be - to be sold to whom for what? Built in 1897 as a parish hall for St John's Church when the dynamic Archdeacon Watkins was building a Church of England empire in Fremantle, which included also building ten cottages in Cantonment Street, Victoria Hall has been an important part of the community. It is a special property. As one observer noted: "Victoria Hall is like a Victorian musical instrument - it has wonderful acoustical qualities... you first need to know how to play it."
You can read more at: https://www.facebook.com/TheFremantleSociety
Fly By Night Musicians Club are looking for a new home. If you know of any potential venues or have contacts that do please forward your ideas onto contact@flybynight.org. The Club is currently in talks with multiple venues around Fremantle and Perth but we cannot reveal too much at this stage.

RIP John Munroe It is with great sadness to report the passing of a great figure in Australian Folk Music. I have copied Eric Bogle's comments below since he was a long time friend and collaborator.
"John Campbell Munro, my best mate, my soul brother, and my musical partner in crime for nearly 40 years, died at his home in Brisbane, Queensland on Thursday 10th May at around 5am, just as the kookaburras outside raucously joined in the avian dawn chorus welcoming the new day. In his final hours on planet Earth he was surrounded by family and friends who filled the room where he lay with much pride, love, and heartbreak in equal measure....I'll add more about my dear friend in days to come, and post some of his music for you to share, but just at this moment I feel too tired to continue, I am still in shock I think, I feel numb and have not yet fully emotionally admitted to the devastating loss of an exceptional man who became one of the strongest and most enduring pillars that has unfailingly and selflessly propped up both my personal and musical life for the past 40 years, ......"

Friends of Denmark Festival of Voice
1 - 4 June 2018 (WA Day long Weekend) We Need Your Help!
At the end of last year we received a grant from Creative Partnerships Australia called Plus 1. It’s a great honour usually reserved for much larger arts organisations however, there’s a catch! Plus 1 is a dollar for dollar matched funding grant. What this means is that there’s up to $50,000 available but only if we raise up to $50,000. We’ve spent the last few months pursuing corporate sponsors, but to date we haven’t had the success we’d hoped for. Time is not on our side as the grant expires at the end of April.
This grant has been awarded to the Denmark Festival of Voice. Success in reaching our Plus 1 target would be transformative and would give our festival budget a much-needed boost. We are proud that both our festivals support our artists and our community. As friends of Denmark Arts we’re hoping you can help us now by making a small (or large) donation to our fundraising campaign called Impact 33: Creative Denmark. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and every dollar donated before the end of April will be matched dollar for dollar by Plus 1. We aim for the Impact 33: Creative Denmark fundraising initiative to be ongoing. In future years we hope that funds raised will go towards supporting creativity throughout our community.
To donate go to: https://www.denmarkarts.com.au/tax-deductible-donations/

Fairbridge Festival 2018 Artists and performers Welcome to Fairbridge Festival 2018! We are already working hard on creating another great festival. The dates are confirmed for 20-22 April 2018. Performer expressions of interests open on 7 July 2017, and close on 15 September 2017. If you, or someone you know, can contribute something amazing, we’d love to hear about it!
Application Expressions of Interest:
Music acts and comedy
Dance displays and workshops, arts and crafts workshops, talk and panels, and participative wellness workshops
Street theatre, circus, and theatre
Further information: Maisie Glen Artist Administration artists@fairbridgefestival.com.au

Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. He worked from the 1930s to the '90s, and traveled from the Deep South to the mountains of West Virginia, all the way to Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. When it came time to bring all of those hours of sound into the digital era, the people in charge of the Lomax archive weren't quite sure how to tackle the problem.
"We err on the side of doing the maximum amount possible," says Don Fleming, executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity, the nonprofit organization Lomax founded in New York in the '80s. Fleming and a small staff made up mostly of volunteers have digitized and posted some 17,000 sound recordings.
For the full story click here

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. re-build is well under way and you will be able to pay your membership on line as well. 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 or replace the old one since it is now a Spamming site.

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."

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

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