Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your acoustic event
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Rob and Jill 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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-- YOUR ACOUSTIC GIG HERE -


If you wish your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:
event@bilbies.iinet.net.au
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.

Saturday, 30 August(ongoing tour)
-- Fred Smith – Dust of Uruzgan – Winter Theatre Tour
Fred Smith presents songs from the album Dust of Uruzgan in a show complemented by a stunning series of projected photographs from Afghanistan.
Coming to WA in August with Liz Frencham and Carl Pannuzzo (piano/drums) to play a whole range of regional venues from Exmouth Yacht Club to Esperance Civic Centre. Country Arts WA are hosting us as part of their legendary Shows on the Go program. Full details below – nothing in Perth alas but we’ll be nearby in York.
If you know people in those locations please forward them the details below, or if you are the facebooking kind please flick them this page for the tour: Facebook Dust of Uruzgan Tour
Basically I'm on a mission from God this winter to tell people around the country the Uruzgan story. Doing the rounds of the festival circuit I have met a lot of Vietnam vets who say they only felt understood in this country once John Schumann's ‘Only 19’ came out eight years after that war ended. We can do better for the current generation of returning vets. Fred’s Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/fredsmith
Recent Australian Story about documentary about Fred’s work and music: http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/asapperslullaby/default.htm
Dust of Uruzgan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SjelOnGWoUFred’s Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/fredsmith Recent Australian Story about documentary about Fred’s work and music: http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/asapperslullaby/default.htm A review of a live performance: John Shand SMH Review Live performances and art videos of songs: Dust of Uruzgan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SjelOnGWoU “A great work of art, a great suite of songs…an amazing thing if you get to see him perform it in concert” Richard Glover, Drive, ABC 702 Sydney | “Finely observed snapshots of a harsh, sad and funny reality, laced with an optimism that is probably the mark of the man…In concert he has a knack for balancing drama and humour …towering artistic achievement: truth” John Shand Sydney Morning Herald, November 2013
Tour Dates - Dust of Uruzgan Theatre Tour 2014
Western Australia with Country Arts WA

Saturday, 30 August KALGOORLIE BOULDER TOWN HALL
Tuesday, 2 September ESPERANCE CIVIC CENTRE
Wednesday, 3 September RAVENSTHORPE TOWN HALL
Friday, 5 September MANJIMUP TOWN HALL
Saturday, 6 September DUNSBOROUGH HALL

Sat 30th August
-- Songs of Freedom
Fremantle Fibonacci Centre, 19 Blnco St, Fremantle from 7 pm Tix $15
With: David Hyams, Dilip Parekh, Sian Brown, Dave Robertson, Josie Crosbie, Dave Pensa, Sunny Wignall, Natalie Carmodie, Emma Clare Bussell.
'Redemption Song' is a classic Bob Marley tune symbolic of freedom & justice. This gig is a celebration of the protest song, in the tradition of Pete Seegar, Bob Dylan or Jonie Mitchell and reflected in the contemporary voices of our local Fremantle song writers through their original works. Get your Woodstock finery on and join us for a powerful night of music. The Fibonacci puts on a great meal so come down early and enjoy their dinner special for the evening and it's BYO which makes it easy. Tickets are available on the door but as the capacity is limited you can contact The Heart Company for presales. Peace and Love ?
Contact: Emma Clare Bussell. enquiries@theheartcompany.com.au.

Fridays
-- BLUE CELTS - BAR O'RIENT
High St, Fremantle
Blue Celts bring their unique brand of Celtic RnB, plus trad tunes, new originals and Irish pub classics to Bar O'Rient in Fremantle every Friday night to early Saturday morning! Featuring Stuart Paterson (flute/whistles/mandolin/vocals), Dave Clarke (fiddle/harmonica/mandolin/vocals) & Jonathan Cope (vocals/guitar/harmonica/bones) & guests, the BC trio have a strong breadth of musicality and rep to suit the new Irish pub session at Bar O'Rient in Freo. Gig starts at 9pm, free entry.

Sunday 31 August
-- CONCERT FOR TIMOR LESTE
2pm, Mt Pleasant Uniting Church, Cnr Reynolds and Coomoora Roads, Mt Pleasant
A fundraiser for community toilets in Hatolia, Ermera district (in the north west highlands of Timor Leste) Featuring: Voice Male, Bernard Carney, singers from the East Timorese community, and the Working Voices choir
Tickets: $20 (pay at the door). Organised by Melville Friends of Hatolia. Afternoon tea for sale. For more information: Juanita Doorey, jdoorey@iinet.net.au 9339 0434

-- Mandurah Folk Blues and Roots Club
- Leslie Street Centre 7a Leslie Street Centre Mandurah Doors open 2:00pm Music from 2:30-4:30pm - Entry $10.00 Concessions $8:00 - Tea Coffee Soft drinks available.
Phil Jones Bluegrass Band. Phil brought 3 guitars along last time, this time will he be leading one of 3 musicians performing in his blugrass band?
Jane Jackson. Hear songs from her recently released CD. Jane is a singer songwriter from Scotland with a real empathy for the music of that country. Her beautiful vocals will delight you.
Rachel Dillon When Rachel Dillon was a child, her father would take the family on long treks deep into the mountains in search of aboriginal rock art and history while her mother collected insects and pointed out nature’s tiny details. Rachel’s grandparents were old-fashioned farmers who lived simply, used horses to work the land and produced much of their own food. These days, she is drawn to music with the same rustic, folk tradition and her songs often feature a love for country, for pioneering spirit and for nature. Writing from the heart, Rachel’s lyrics are compelling in depth and imagery, informed by the traditions of Appalachian American and Irish folk music while acknowledging her own Australian upbringing. Rachel supported Bill Chambers twice in 2013, Sara Storer in 2012 and Tex Perkins in 2011. She loves taking her music to festivals, events and house concerts around Australia. Her songs were shortlisted in songwriting competitions both here and in the US in 2013, 2012 (3 times) and 2009

Friday 5th September
-- The HILLS FOLK CLUB
HILLS FOLK CLUB welcomes back renowned fiddle player Robert Zielinski from Melbourne. We will also feature Rob’s friends from Comhaltas & Numguts Bush Band. Musicians are invited to join in with the customary jam session at the end of the night. Held 8pm at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie .
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026.

Saturday 6th of September
-- Perth Morris Men, Fair Maids of Perth, Mad Tatters Morris and a number of Interstate Morris “sides” are performing from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Forrest Place Perth
For more information contact Steven Mansfield
Ph 0400 731 049 | email squire@perthmorrismen.org | Website www.perthmorrismen.org
Also we are always on the lookout for more dancers and/or musicians – please contact Steve if you are interested.

Sat 13 September
-- BLUE CELTS
Jarrahdale Tavern, 7pm
Blue Celts play a session of their unique brand of Celtic RnB, plus trad tunes, new originals and Irish pub classics at the Jarrahdale Tavern, Jarrahdale Rd, Jarrahdale on Saturday 13 Sept. Featuring Stuart Paterson (flute/whistles/mandolin/vocals), Dave Clarke (fiddle/harmonica/mandolin/vocals) & Jonathan Cope (vocals/guitar). Gig starts at 7pm, free entry.

Saturday 20 September 2014
-- FIDDLESTIX BUSH BAND
Doors open at 7pm and Dancing starts at 7.30 to 10.30. Tickets are $25.00 and include tea or coffee and light refreshments. BYO York Town Hall, Avon Terrace, York.
Fiddlestix is a seven piece line-up including caller Greg Hastings, founder of The Mucky Duck Bush Band with Jimmy Nunn (lead guitar/vocals), Maurice Archenoul (guitar/banjo/vocals), Tim Gillett (bass guitar/vocals), John “Froggie” Parkinson (fiddle), Pete Lambert (fiddle/mandolin), and Leigh Carmichael (Percussion). This will be an entertaining night of quality music and dance. The event is a fund-raiser for Ability Focus to assist with the establishment of a Sensory Garden at their respite house in York.
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION AND BOOKING: Jenny Lambert PHONE: 96412125 or 0411 151 301 E-MAIL: yorkcottages@wn.com.au

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October, 2014
-- Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend - presented by Livelighter.
An acoustic music weekend in the centre of Manjimup featuring The Company. The Company is coming over to WA from Brisbane especially for this event. The weekend will feature instrument workshops and a harmony-singing workshop with members of The Company. There will also be beginner workshops and you can learn to jam with Greg McGrath who teaches the Pete Wernicke Bluegrass jamcamp syllabus. There will be concert performances by The Company, a dance on Friday night, a Gospel SingOut on Sunday 5th and a chance for you to perform on the Locals & Visitors stage plus kids activities and craft and produce stalls. Entry will either be FREE or kept to a minimum. If you love making music and making friends, this is the weekend for you!
www.manjimupbluegrassnoldtimemusicweekend.com And please like us on the book!
www.facebook.com/manjimupbluegrassnoldtimemusicweekend?ref=hl

10-12 October 2014
-- 2014 Nanga Music Festival Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup WA
Our Early Bird tickets are now sale. Just go to nangamusic.org.au/ticketing for details regarding Earlybird tickets, accommodation at the festival and catered meals. Click the link at the bottom left of the ticketing page to reserve your place.
Momentum is building here at Nanga with preparations for the 2014 Nanga Music Festival in full swing. A great lineup of artists will again be making their way to the Nanga stage from all parts of Australia. We've highlighted a few of the artists below with a full list to come your way later this month.
The Little Stevies - Steadfast sisters Beth and Byll are the heart and soul of The Little Stevies.
Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies - Lucy Wise makes a long overdue trip home, bringing with her a more intimate version of her band, the B’Gollies.
Enda Kenny Band - Enda Kenny is an Irish-born singer and songwriter living in Melbourne.
The Mae Trio - The Mae Trio brings a fresh, youthful take to Australian folk.
www.nangamusic.org.au.

18-24 October 2014
-- Songwriting and voiceworks in beautiful Bali
A week of creativity and inspiration in rural Bali. Two daily classes with lots of free time to explore the beautiful Ubud region. Suitable for all levels of experience.
What is Juice?
Juice combines a week of inspiration, music and creativity with some much-needed timeout for self in a beautiful part of the world. The pace is gentle and supportive, with ample time between workshops to explore and enjoy the many attractions of Ubud.
What will I be doing, exactly?
Each morning with Jane, you'll explore different ways to write songs.
Every afternoon, Melbourne-based actor and voice coach Richard Lawton (ignitecoaching.com.au) will lead the group in a joyously freeform vocal class, where you'll learn how to express yourself more fully through singing.
In between, each day you'll have around 4-5 hours to do your own thing.
http://www.juicecreativeretreats.com/.

Regular Song & Spoken Word Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Fridays

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

Sundays

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)

Every

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

Monday

1st.of

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

Every

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

Tuesday

Every

Wax Lyrical, Leederville

Wednesday

Every

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

Thursday

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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MONDAY
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

TUESDAY
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. Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042

WEDNESDAY
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

THURSDAY
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, 10a.m. - 12 noon Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042

FRIDAY
Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am www.perthinternationaldance.org.au

SATURDAY
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 9a.m. All levels, Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly "Hop" 1st Sat monthly

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

Folk On Radio and TV
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Mon-Fri

2:20pm & 11:20pm

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am

Monday

9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

Tuesday

1 - 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

Wednesday

6-8pm

Folk4All

KCR fm

102.5 fm

8-10pm

Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm

8-10pm

Acoustic Cafe

RTR FM

92.1 fm

Friday

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

Saturday

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

RTRfm

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

7:30-9:30pm

Music Deli

ABC National

810 am

Sunday

7 - 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland

6EBA

95.3fm

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News!

The Calendar is an independantly run page. it is not sponsored or supported by the WA Folk Federation. We will still continue to 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), 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.


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