WA Folk Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is once again supported by the WA Folk Federation
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
then please consider joining the WA Folk Federation

Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your acoustic event
and passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
If you have a web site please add a link from yours to ours.

This site is edited by
Rob from "The Rambling Bilbies"
and is updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.

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The quicker you get it to me the more publicity you get for FREE

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See the guidelines and conditions below
All information is correct to the best of my knowledge at time of uploading.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied )
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If you wish your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:
In the following format:

Day & Date (eg. Fri 18th July):
Name of performer/concert etc:
Venue:- Short description of show (please keep it to less than 100 words (include door open & start time, cost etc.)
Contact name for info & bookings
Phone:      Email:      Web:     
Your Name for verification purposes (not publication):

I cut and paste from the email body so please don't send attachments,
I can't get text from pics, pdf's are awkward and take extra time
and some attachments can carry nasty things that I don't particularly want on my computer

(generally the emphasis of the calendar is acoustic and/or folk roots based events and news. This covers a wide range of genre such as folk, blues, world music, country, choirs and more. Placement is at the discretion of the webmaster.)
If you send your acoustic gigs to WAAN or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "CC" them to this calandar at folk@waolk.iinet.net.au and your show will be up here within a couple of days and stay 'til the event is past, no waiting for emails to be sent out, it is online 24hr a day 7 days a week for everyone to see.

Saturday 28 May 2016
-- Urban Folk Day A WA Folk Federation event
On 28 May 2016 we will have our first ever Urban Folk Day (UFD). click here to see the poster
To view the profiles of the performers and workshops click here.
You can also find a copy of the programme (which may change due to unforseen circumstance)

It will be an event at the cross-roads of culture – a celebration of where we came from and where we are going. The UFD will showcase folk and traditional musicians and artists from the Perth metro area for a full day of fun and learning. Of course, some of your favorite performers will be there...
10 am until 10:30 pm Wanneroo Showgrounds
A day of folk music and art, both old and new
FREE entry to the day events 10 am until 5:30 pm; $20 ($15 conc) for the evening show featuring FLING, one of WA’s premier Celtic bands
Daytime featuring:
The Littlest Fox, Loaded Dog ,Sparrow, David Mercy Twisted Herring, Carmel Charlton, The Rambling Bilbies, Passions Fruit, and Many More
The Perth Morris Dancers, The Mad Tatters The Fair Maids of Perth.
Eco Faeries, Wandering in the Bush with Greg Hastings, Balloon Magic. Bouncy Castle.
Squeezebox Corner, Songwriting, Celtic Fiddle and More TBA.
Bush Poetry
Blackboard Concert.
Food Stalls.
7.30 9.30 Fling In Concert (admission $20.00 WAFF and Conc $15.00)
Tickets on the door or available from the WAFF UFD website
For info about the WA Folk Federation go to or if you would like to volunteer to work in some capacity at the event, or would like to give a small tax deductible donation.... please visit:
WWW.WAFOLK.ORG.AU and go to the Urban Folk Day button.
See the Poster here
Thanks to the City of Wanneroo and Lottery west for their Support.

-- The Justin Walshe Folk Machine and support from Rory Faithfeild.
Fly By Night Saturday 28th May Doors open: 7.30pm $15.00 inc B.F.
In conjunction with the Fremantle Heritage Festival.
Mixing the best elements of folk, bluegrass, and Americana into a uniquely Folk Machine sound, filtered through the dead dry arid Western Australian sense of humour, which is at the absolute core of their work, the Folk Machine is a heaving acoustic storm of bluegrass instruments spun round impeccable storytelling. Their third album, Small Tales Vol. 2 was released to a sold out room in Fremantle in Feb 2016 and has already received rave reviews including 4/5 stars from Themusic.com: “each song is a killer, packed with gorgeous, effortless melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a mood that's seriously immersive.” They’ve played festivals all around the country, received national airplay and critical acclaim for their last two albums, been nominated for numerous WAMi awards and are considered to have one of the best live shows around.
Rory Faithfield is now a resident of South Western Australia after many years based in Ireland and currently promoting his 5th album 'Southern Cross Northern Skies'. Performing solo with acoustic guitar, harmonicas and a loop station, Rory has mesmerised audiences and critics alike. Bruce Elder stated, "Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note

Friday 3rd June
The rare opportunity of revisiting Six of the Original Indomitable Fo'csle Frirkins, purveyors of shanty songs with harmony and humour. One of W.A's first 'boy bands', the 'Firkins' are performing selected gigs with the promise of a rollicking evening of mayhem whilst their physical and mental strengths allow.
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $7 Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026

3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend)
-- Denmark Festival of Voice
Denmark Festival of Voice (3-5 June 2016) tickets are now on sale!
The heart of the Festival is its choirs and the magic that happens when people sing together. We're delighted to welcome back a number of Festival favourites including the Men of the West (formerly Spooky....) and Vocal Evolution (hot tip: watch out for their dance while singing workshop!). Rachel Hore will again lead this year’s Big Sing.
It's a very great honour to be hosting two special guest choirs The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and Australia's first inclusive choir Poco Tutti – who come complete with ensemble The Sisters of Invention.
This year we also welcome early choral music specialists The Giovanni Consort.
Other headline acts include the return of one of last year’s Festival favourites: Mongolian Throat Singer Bukhu Ganburged, but this time with his whole band Equus. Other 'Voices of the World' will also feature this year with South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai, fresh from WOMAD, as well as Fado singer Carolina Cordeiro.
The spoken word program includes sharp-hitting performer Candy Royalle, Abe Nouk (check out his 'my apology') and hip-hop rapper Mathas. The very popular story-telling tent will feature again with a jam-packed program led by the wonderful interfaith/social justice story-teller Donna Jacobs Sife.
Many other acts grace the Festival, who join the community of choirs, acapella voices, writers and bards along with 23 acts from the Festival's home town of Denmark.
Come be part of the Festival for the weekend. Immerse in the beauty and power of the human voice and the joy of community.
Tickets can be purchased from the website, at the Denmark Arts office (Tue/Thur), at the Denmark Visitor's Centre and the Denmark Community Resource Centre.
http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au | http://www.facebook.com/denmarkfestivalofvoice | http://www.instagram.com/denmarkarts (hashtag #dfov)

Friday 10th June
-- Wanneroo Folk Club.
This month will be a singaround, after many requests to repeat this format this is the month, so grab your instrument and/or voice and get down the the club. No booking required, just turn up.
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dorchester & Dugdale, Warwick.
Doors open 7:30pm for an 8pm start. Special cost of entry $5

Sunday 12 June
-- Ballpoint Penguins CD Launch
National Hotel, 98 High St Fremantle, doors open for this swell affaire at 6:00 PM, with the music starting at 7:00.
Hello Penguin Friends, Scene: An Ice-cold fishing shack. Three formally dressed penguins are fishing,
Kerry: (shivering )It’s cold.
Colleen: Perfect weather for champagne....
Tim: I’ve got a nibble! I’ve hooked it!
Kerry: (donning earmuffs) What is it?
Tim: (Reeling fast) It’s a ...
Colleen: Lucky the glasses are chilled.
Tim: Don’t you want to know what it is?
Kerry (rubbing mittened hands together): Is it our third CD?
Colleen: Hooray! (Pops the cork.)
Kerry: (pulling on a parka) Are you sure I’m a Penguin?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the fishing shack...the Ballpoint Penguins proudly present our new CD, On Thin Ice. Containing our latest musical takes on adventures in retro-menu-surfing, atheism, bullshitting, gender politics, S&M, homicide and more, this little gem is bound to make you smile! Or at the very least, grimace. What’s more, you and your ten closest family and friends are hereby invited to the CD launch at the National Hotel. Being a Sunday night, doors open for this swell affaire at 6:00 PM, with the music starting at 7:00.
We promise a good night with a few laughs, and what more can you ask of a Sunday evening really? Entry is $15 each (no concession as that’s pretty cheap). What’s more, at the launch you can pick up the new CD for just another $15! After-launch price is $25.
The National is being good to us and supporting local music, so please be good to them by coming for a meal or a drink beforehand. The whole upstairs is reserved for us, so please do all your eating and drinking there! There’s a great range of pub grub to be had:
How to book: 1—Send a return email to this address with RSVP X (x being the number of people coming) 2—Do a bank transfer for $15 each to: BALLPOINT PENGUINS (email for details)
Any questions? Ring Colleen on 9461 3514 or email penguins@ballpointpenguins.org
See you there!

June 13th
-- Fremantle Shanty Club (Hosted by The Lost Quays)
2nd (or first) Monday of each month (Always the night before the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle 7:30pm - 9:30pm FREE
Shanty Club Ahoy! Get yourself down to Clancy's Fremantle and blast the barnacles off your vocal cords at Shanty Club, hosted by The Lost Quays. Everyone is welcome! We all love listening to music and participating is even MORE fun. You don't have to be a "singer" as warbling, croaking, muttering and mumbling are all encouraged. Entry is FREE upon purchase of a pint of Clancy's best.
Contact Name Ashley Schipp ph 64684331 | mob 0456034198 | email schippahoy@hotmail.com | web www.thelostquays.com

June 19th
On Sunday June 19th we will welcome back to Jackadder's the popular band "Twisted Herring"
Twisted Herring offer a distinct flavour of the Scottish roots revival. They manage to capture the variety and richness of fiddle music from the borders to the Highlands and Islands and beyond. With soaring fiddles, wonderfully sympathetic guitar and mando arrangements, dynamic cello lines, mellow viola and the stirring tones of tin whistles, the listening audience are taken on a melodic heartfelt journey. Twisted Herring play Scottish music in the lively and exciting way as it is performed in Scotland today...'served with a traditional oatmeal coating but with a liberal helping of contemporary herbs and spices. The band comprises Fiona Davidson: Fiddle; Margaret Schlink: Fiddle and Viola; Donna Gahan: Guitar and Tin Whistle; Isaac Sealey: Fiddle; Alan Malcolm, Fiddle, Mandolin and Octave Mandolin.
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands Time: 3pm Cost: Adults $8 Children Free
For more information contact carmel@carmelcharlton.com or 0412777061

17-19 June
-- Writing weekend
If you’ve always wanted to write creatively but never made time, or yearn to write songs or poetry, you might like to consider joining me for a weekend of writing workshops at the Nanga Bush Camp, near Dwellingup.
My techniques are aimed at getting you writing with more texture, colour and energy, and these can be applied to your work regardless of whether you’re a writer of prose, non-fiction, poetry or song.
We’ll also have apres-dinner open mike opportunities for those who enjoy such things. Oh, and fab local performance poet Kate Wilson will be there with me, offering her expertise on writing for spoken word performance.
Details at my website - www.juicecreativeretreats.com/nanga

JULY 15TH - 17TH
As a follow-up to the very successful January Bluegrass Jamcamp, another live-in music camp will be held in Manjimup over the weekend July 15th-17th.
This time the resident band will be the very accomplished Pepperjacks. Pepperjacks play a mix of oldtimey, country/blues and ragtime through to swing. Harmony singing is one of the stand-out features of a Pepperjacks’ performance.
The five musicians who make up Pepperjacks are all skilled instrumentalists and they are excited about sharing their musical knowledge and technical skills in the up-close and personal setting offered by the weekend.
Band members Rod Vervest, guitar, Lara Norman, fiddle, Craig Sinclair, slide guitar, Bob Lipinski, harmonica and Margaret Crossen, upright bass, all live along the Rainbow Coast so Manjimup is a great location for them to run this weekend of workshops.
So if you’re a hands-on acoustic musician who wants to play - and play better - and develop your harmony singing skills - and be with people who share your passion for music - book yourself in for this Weekend with the Pepperjacks in Manjimup. From the Friday night concert at the Manjimup Repertory Theatre through to the Sunday Session in the Four Aces Bar, you’ll be immersed in music and music making.
Places are limited as this is a residential camp with everyone staying at the Manjimup Hotel. Spend a Weekend with the Pepperjacks has been organised by the Warren Arts Council.
Go to www.manjimupbluegrass.com and at the drop down menu Manjimup Jamcamp you will find more details.

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

Hills Folk Club contact: paulinekevin@bigpond.com

2nd of

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

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues

4th of

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


2nd of

Mid West Folk & Blues Club - 2pm-6pm. 99233707
Unplugged Acoustic Folk and Blues (no plug-ins), 3pm Roleystone Country Club. Mel 9399 8493

3rd of

1pm-4pm Mandurah Bluegrass Club join the Jam Session kayj4u@gmail.com
3pm-5pm Jackadders - carmel@carmelcharlton.com

4th of

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

Last of

2-5pm Margaret River Music Club - unplugged acoustic music forum.
3-5pm Perth Scottish Fiddlers group, Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Avenue. (Margaret 9445 1727)


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



Supper Club: Old Bakery Cafe on Eighth, Maylands, a short spoken word performance and a music set over supper.
Lip Service Poetry Group, 22 Kathleen St, Bassendean, Doug Miles 9255 2531 email: dugmiles @hotmail.com



Wax Lyrical, Leederville



Kalamunda Music Sessions/Classes - David & Jenny Hoffman tel 9279 4707.
Tunesmiths Cafe Songwriters Club. Legends Bar 6 Hislop Road, Attadale. Makk - email phone-9258 4465 or Mike - email phone - 0413 677 084


1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O'Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Souleiado French Dance Group, Children after school, Nedlands, (08)63890767
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 7-10 pm Jenny 9381 5235
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772

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

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: Fortnightly 7 - 9pm rose&wattle@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024
Perth SCDC: 8 pm Sheila Parker 9405 6825

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

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

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

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

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

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am


9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm


1 - 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm




KCR fm

102.5 fm


Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm


Acoustic Cafe


92.1 fm


12 - 2 pm

The Friday Folk Fest

Hope FM

103.9 fm

12:30-1 pm

The Scottish Half Hour

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


5-8 am

Telling Tales (fortnightly)

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm

6-9 am

Irish Beakfast

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

11am-1 pm

Global Rhythm Pot


92.1 fm

12-2 pm

Only Folking

Heritage FM

107.3 fm

5-6 pm

You Don't Have To Be Irish

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


Music Deli

ABC National

810 am


7 - 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland



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The Folk Clubs and Festivals



THE FLY IS BACK - LIVE ON HIGH. A new era begins for the Fly By Night Musicians club on the eve of its 30th anniversary at the clubs new home in the majestic Victoria Hall, 179 High St, Fremantle. After a year and half the Fly has succeeded in getting a 5 year lease from the City of Fremantle and granted a new Special facilities licence from the department of racing, gaming and liquor.
The Fly on High re-opens the main hall tomorrow night to celebrate the Fly's licence approval with our long standing event Motown, to get the place moving to a whole lotta soul.
THE BARFLY SESSIONS.. Next week the Fly will activate The BarFly sessions. These will be local musician sessions which will incorporate the already existing Gaslight Club on Wednesdays, re introducing the Stagefright emerging artist nights on Thursdays and local Fly Trap musician sessions on the available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. If you are an emerging artist or would like to know more about the Fly on High or The BarFly sessions please email contact@flybynight.org We are taking bookings now....

-- Vale Ray Downes
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Ray died yesterday evening at Cockermouth Cottage Hospital, England. He died with great peace and dignity. His son, Jason, his brother, Roger and grandson Calum were by his side. Fruneral arrangements to be confirmed. (reported on Facebook his Morning)
Ray has left some great memories in Perth over a very long time and will be missed by a huge number of people.

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

YOUNG SONGWRITER GRANT Are you writing your own songs and aged between 14-25? Nanga Music Festival invites you to record two originals on your phone and apply for our Young Songwriter Grant. If you are selected you will receive free weekend festival access, accommodation, mentoring with one of Nanga’s booked artists and a chance to showcase your material on the main stage. Applying is easy - visit www.nangamusic.org.au/youth

Denmark Festival of Voice: 2016 3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend) The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open!!
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
See the website for photos from the 2015 festival
Connect with us:
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/denmarkfestivalofvoice
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/denmarkarts (hashtag #dfov)

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.

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