WA Folk Music
and Dance Calendar

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This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation to help promote
folk events in Western Australia.
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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.)

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Thursday 18th October
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block (monthly)
Starts 7.30
The Fremantle Writers Block celebrates 3 amazing years, with a line up featuring Billie Rogers, Noah Dillon, Rose Parker, Tania Martin and Mike Burns, along with regular host and MC David Hyams - dont miss this night full of great songs and impromptu collaboration, with the theme of "Sins and Sinners"
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available

-- A New Folk & Acoustic Music Club (monthly)
Starting in Merriwa (Just starting, only the 2nd meeting, free, get in on the ground floor!)
7:30PM until about 10:00PM every 3rd Thursday evening of every month
True North Compass Building Childcare Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa, Western Australia (parking lot entrance: Jenolan Way)
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

Friday 19th October
-- Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
We have another great night waiting for you. Kicking off this evening is one David Cutler. David played for us quite a while ago and has a serious talent as a songwriter and a guitarist. With a voice and fingerstyle that strongly reminds me of Bernard Carney, this is an act not to miss. Next on the bill another return, this time from even longer ago, Mike Cardy. Mike’s strength is his song writing…His songs tell stories of people, places, encounters, relationships, cautionary tales etc. using an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from folk, through country rock, jazz, blues, and rock and roll.
In the centre are a duo (or perhaps more), none other than Jonathon Cope and Emma Birkett! Also known as Martin and Coole, featuring sound of Jon and Emma’s close vocal harmonies, guitar (Martin) and ukulele (Coole). The songs are generally set in a local West Australian context sharing modern and old stories and the style is slick, cool and so so professional.
Finally, we present what is definitely not a dog act, The Loaded Dog (ed's note: not sure if this is accurate). This is a bunch of multi-talented larrikins who play some excellent traditional and contemporary Australian folk songs and tunes, replete with stories and poetry. Loaded Dog has been playing for yonks. At folk festivals all over these are a bunch of West Aussies who are now regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, exponents of traditional Australian folk music.
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

-- The City Slickers .
Kelmscott Show
You can catch The CitySlickers on the Top Oval main stage from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the 2018 Make Smoking History Kelmscott Show. The City Slickers are a four piece acoustic band that play anything from bluegrass to well known songs. Be sure to check them out!

20th-26th October
-- Chris Norman & David Greenberg Duo: Concerts & Workshops in WA
For the first time in Western Australia, Canadian folk-baroque duo Chris Norman (wooden flutes & smallpipes) and David Greenberg (baroque violin & Cape Breton fiddle) will perform some very special concerts and lead inclusive & practical workshops.
This October, Nova Scotia’s Chris Norman and David Greenberg, two of the most imaginative and dynamic performers in traditional and early music, tour Australia with a series of concerts and workshops across Qld, Vic, SA and WA.
Performing music that runs the gamut of renaissance, baroque, traditional and original music incorporating flutes, violins, pipes and voice, these two extraordinary performers have played together as sparring partners for more than 20 years on the concert stage and in the recording studio. Their concert program ‘Fair ‘an Lucky’ feature jigs & reels from Cape Breton and beyond, and partitas & sonatas by Bach and Telemann.
Filled with joy, grace, virtuosity, flair and authentic fluency, these concerts are a must-see for everyone who’s in to folk music, classical music or simply great quality live music.
Chris and David will also be running public workshops in Celtic tunes & style for flute and string players from all musical backgrounds.
Concerts in Perth (20 Oct) and Albany (21 Oct) will feature a wonderful cross-over of Folk and Baroque music, including beautiful tunes from Nova Scotia and exciting sonatas by Telemann. With careers that include performing with Red Priest, Tafelmusik, Baltimore Consort and on the Titanic soundtrack, Chris Norman and David Greenberg's duo performances, with guest harpist Allan Evans, are not only note-perfect, gripping and virtuosic, but down-to-earth and utterly toe-tapping.
Workshops in Perth (20 Oct) and Albany (22 Oct) are especially for players of wooden flute, Scottish smallpipes, violin and lever harp, plus metal flute, whistle, viola and cello are also welcome (all instruments A440, all levels). With a focus on Celtic-derived tunes, it's a great chance to meet like-minded musos and practise learning music by ear, as well as focus on technique, rhythm, culture and fun.
Concerts in Pemberton (25 Oct) and Witchcliffe (26 Oct) will feature Chris Norman on traditional & early flutes and smallpipes plus a band of friends who sing and play harp, fiddle, flute, concertina and more, who have met through Boxwood Festivals and share a love for tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland and beyond.
Tickets available below. PERTH WORKSHOP :: Saturday 20 October 3.30pm, Irish Club of WA trybooking.com/XHQB
PERTH CONCERT :: Saturday 20 October 7.30pm, Irish Club of WA trybooking.com/XHRO (discount available for people who come to both)
ALBANY CONCERT :: Sunday 21 October 4pm, Albany Entertainment Centre ptt.wa.gov.au
ALBANY WORKSHOP :: Monday 22 October 7pm, Uniting Church halls trybooking.com/XHQM
PEMBERTON CONCERT :: Thursday 25 October 7pm, Pemberton Mill Hall, cash at the door
WITCHCLIFFE CONCERT :: Friday 26 October 7.30pm (optional BYO food from 6.30pm), Witchcliffe Hall, cash at the door
Book your places now to secure your spots. Please share this news with others who would be interested. Thank you! See below and attached for more info. And make the most of the weekend with the Albany Festival of Strings including concerts & workshops featuring Rupert Guenther austa.asn.au/events-list/wa

Sunday 21st October
-- Jackadders (Monthly 3rd Sunday)
If you like the blues please don't miss the next Jackadder's Music Club on Sunday 21st. It will be a fantastic event.
BACKWATER RISING Presents an Entertaining and Educational BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLUES
BACKWATER RISING is a duo playing and singing Blues music acoustically, presenting Music and stories from over 150 Years of The Blues, from acoustic Delta Blues to electric Chicago Blues and beyond.
BACKWATER RISING are BRENTON FOSDIKE Vocals - Acoustic Guitar - Harmonicas - Slide - Kazoo. LINDSAY EVANS Drums - Acoustic Guitar - Vocals - Slide - Percussion.
Note: This will be our last event at Woodlands Reserve Hall, In November our new venue will be Community of Christ, Cnr Elmwood and Lombardy St's in Woodlands. New start time 2.30pm. Fantastic amenities. 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

2018 marks 100 years since the 10th Light Horse Regiment rode through Palestine to liberate Damascus. The governor of the city of Damascus surrendered to Major Olden (a dentist from Narrogin) who led the 10th Light Horse Regiment into the streets of Damascus. The presentation came about because of a personal letter written by my husband’s great uncle Trooper Ned Moriarty to his sister Alice (who lived in Bunbury) from the deserts of Palestine in 1918. Ned was in the Western Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment.
In just twelve days, the Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment covered over 800 kilometres of treacherous desert and mountains in Palestine and Syria ending in the fall of Damascus arriving three hours ahead of Lawrence of Arabia. The story is beautifully told by Carmel Charlton in a one-hour performance as she weaves together an evocative mix of music, images, letters and poems.
THE GREAT RIDE - Sunday 21st October - KING COTTAGE MUSEUM 77 Forrest Ave, Bunbury
Time: 2pm Cost: $20
Afternoon tea - Phone 0419791672 for more info.

28th October
-- 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.

Carmel will launch her long awaited CD We Are Loved
Also performing will be Fred Rea with his Irish wit and melodic voice. MC will be Oliver McNerney from radio VCA 88.5 FM Ellenbrook
Address: Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
Time: 2 - 5pm
Contact Carmel 04112777061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com for more information.

Friday 2nd November, 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

November 5
-- Supperclub
Our penultimate supperclub for 2018 stars two fabulous local performers.
Annamaria Weldon is not only a fine poet but reads beautifully, too.
The Nomadics are Bec Schofield and Dave Mann, a talented musical duo who have just returned from northern WA. Bec and Dave and their delightful offspring live in Margaret River, and it’s a rare treat to see them perform in Perth. Don’t miss the opportunity.
All this and a simple BYO pub meal. Hope to see you there. the link for bookings and info is: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html

Thursday 8th November
-- Scottish traditional music session
Anybody up for a wee Scottish traditional music session?
The general ‘’session’’ format is one where someone starts a tune, with or without sheet music. Those who know the tune join in and those that don’t are welcome to have a go by following the music or playing by ear. The objective in a session is to play music for the musicians themselves and it’s an experience that is shared, not a performance. If you can read music then bring the sheet music along to share (a few copies would be good) so that everybody can ‘have a go’.
The purpose of the group is to preserve the Scottish heritage of music handed down by our forefathers and to encourage new and fresh music which will enhance that cultural treasure. The sessions are a key aspect of traditional music; some say it is the main sphere in which the music is formulated and innovated. Furthermore, sessions give less advanced musicians the opportunity to practise in a group setting.
All you need is your instrument, a music stand (if you read music) and the music you want to play (plus a few copies to share). Anyone who is able to play traditional music at any level is most welcome to come along.
The first Session is on Thursday 8th November and begins at 7pm concluding at 9.30pm.
The venue is The Irish Club, 61 Townsend Road, Subiaco (upstairs). Please let us know if you can make it. Kind Regards Linda 0458 713 914 fiddle Fiona 0410 763 573 fiddle Moira 0417 948 841 keyboard

Friday 9th November
-- Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
The Great Wanneroo Singaround comes around again so get a couple of songs ot tunes prepared and may the circle be unbroken as they say.
Please be aware that these nights are geting very popular so etiquette asks that if we say 1 or 2 songs please don't hop in to more or pick long epics since it may prevent someone else getting a go and these nights are for all to have a go and a bit of fun.
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 11th
-- 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, Dec 9) www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra (you need to log in)
More info: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com 0422 718 220

Monday 12th November
-- 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.

Friday 16-18th November 2018
-- Folk in the Forest 2018
Little Folk's showcase event in the annual calendar, held in Dwellingup Western Australia
Folk in the Forest is on the weekend of November 16th to 18th. As of 1 October the price is $75.00 - still very cheap for a great weekend's entertainment.
Our 13th Festival at Banksia Springs - all organizers and performers donate their time, and 100% of proceeds go to fund cancer research at Perth Children's Hospital Foundation
Banksia Springs, Banksiadale Rd, Dwellingup, Western Australia
bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=421901 More info: https://www.facebook.com/folkintheforestfestival/

Saturday 1st December
The third annual Fremantle Folk Festival will be held in the historic Princess May Park, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle and surrounds, on a new summery date of Saturday 1st December.
Music, arts, food and culture at the heart of our unique port city. This all-day event will include a large outdoor stage, as well as the iconic Clancy’s stage - fully decked out with impressive lighting, visuals, decorations, roaming entertainers, the works!
While there’s plenty of incredible live talent and delicious craft beer for the grownups, there’ll also be a fully dedicated kids activity area with workshops and shows in the Circus WA big top and Nature Play zone - a sensory delight for all ages and types. Limited capacity means you can expect minimal clashes, good facilities, shorter lines and a classic house party feel.
The first line up announcement includes perennial Melbourne festival act Things of Stone and Wood, multi WAM award winner Grace Barbé, troublesome troubadour Peter Bibby, folk prodigy Jack Davies & The Bush Chooks and the beloved rock n blues sounds of Blue Shaddy. It wouldn’t be the Fremantle Folk Festival without a few surprises too, such as the Chung Wah Chinese Orchestra and a giant pub choir led by the brilliant duo that is Jim Fisher and Natalie Gillespie.
With plenty more to be announced you won’t want to miss this year’s Freo Folk Fest.
Get all the info first on the festival mailing list - http://eepurl.com/dIjGqP
Saturday, 1 December 2018 from 13:00-23:30 Princess May Park Cantonment St, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
Tickets clancysfishpub.oztix.com.au

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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Denmark Festival of Voice 2019 31 May - 3 June 2019 (WA Day long Weekend). Performer applications are open, and close end of October http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/
Connect with us: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/denmarkfestivalofvoice | http://buytickets.at/denmarkarts/86549/r/facebook | Instagram http://www.instagram.com/denmarkarts (hashtag #dfov)
Denmark Arts: Tuesday and Thursday (08) 9848 3623 2A Strickland Street, Denmark, 6333, south coast of Western Australia

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.
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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. 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