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
and passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
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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.

Friday 24th October
-- Jane Germain, Ian Simpson & The Yahoos
- Hilton Park Bowling Club - 8.00 PM
Featuring former members of the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons - Ian Simpson (banjo, guitar, vocals) John Reed (cittern, mandolin, vocals) Fred Kuhnl (double bass, vocals), and also Norm Leslie (harmonica, vocals) will be playing at the Hilton Park Bowling Club on Friday, 24th October from 8.00pm.
The Hilton Park Bowling Club is on Shepherd Street in Beaconsfield.
Hope to see you there - its been awhile!! For a listing of all our gigs - go to www.janegermain.com/index5.html

Saturday 25th October
-- The Perth Scottish Fiddlers
The Perth Scottish Fiddlers are hosting a Fiddle Frenzy evening to celebrate their 5th birthday. For only $25 a head (with children free) you can enjoy Scottish fiddle music, Scottish songs and if you wish, join in on some Scottish Country Dancing (with a caller).
Come along for a relaxed and fun-filled evening of traditional Scottish entertainment. There'll be finger food and cake provided and a bar is available.
7.30pm till 11.00pm Manning Memorial Bowling Club, 1590 Challenger Avenue, Manning Tickets available online at http://www.trybooking.com/FVNN or at the door Telephone enquiries to 0432 987 433 Perth Scottish Fiddlers' website at http://www.perthscottishfiddlers.com.au/

-- Fly By Night Garage Sale Trail Fly By Night Doors Open: 8.00am.
FREE ENTRY Come one come all to the greatest garage sale trail of them all at the Fly By Night Musicians Club!!
Garage Sale Trail is held on Saturday 25th October from 8am and is a national program all about sustainability, community, commerce and fun!!!
The Fly By Night has to move home soon and we are clearing the decks, all sorts of musical memorabilia, random fish lamp, beer tap decals, furniture plus more for sale!!
With live music, mad hatter’s tea party and sausage sizzle come down and be a part of the fun!!!

Sunday 26th of October
-- Perth Morris Men
are dancing at 1:05 PM, Angove Street Festival, North Perth
As always we are on the lookout for new dancers. Any enquiries please contact Steve Mansfield on 0400 731 049 or via email squire@perthmorrismen.org

Monday 27th October 2014
-- Voicebox Fremantle Fly By Night.
Randall Stephens, Siobhan Hodge & Carol Millner
Doors Open: 7.00pm PRESALE TICKETS: $10.00 / $6.00 Concession inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $10.00 / $6.00 (if available) tickets
Meeting on the last Monday of every month, Voicebox Fremantle is a community group of writers and poets performing their work. Poems on two wheels. Randall Stephens is riding his bike into town to be our guest, along with Siobhan Hodge and Carol Millner. Plus 8 x 5 min. open mike. Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30pm. There is a bar and tea, coffee, snacks and cake will be available for purchase. The Fly Trap is a cash only venue. See Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email poets.voicebox@gmail.com .
On behalf of the Voicebox Collective: Liana Joy Christensen, Sarah Leighton, Nandi Chinna and Josephine Clarke. www.voiceboxpoets.com

Friday October 31st
-- ANZAC ALBANY COMMEMORATIONS
STIRLING MESS HALL, Stirling Terrace, Albany Time 8.30pm CARMEL CHARLTON AND JUDE IDDISON Guitarist, ukulele and piano player Carmel Charlton and violinist Jude Iddison have teamed up to paint their musical pictures using images of Australia, its history and heritage that will include stories and songs of the great southern region of Western Australia. Carmel has recorded 6 CD’s of original material. Carmel's song “Whispers on the Wind” is included on the new ABC music CD by Macca “Well I Love It”.
Jude is a respected Violin Teacher in Albany and Denmark, being the Director of the String Programmes at Saint Joseph's College in Albany and Golden Hill Steiner School in Denmark since 2005. Jude has performed at Leeuwin Estate with The WA Symphony Orchestra, supported Shooglenifty,The Cat Empire and Eric Bibb for The Perth International Arts Festival. She is a prolific songwriter and in 2012 was nominated for a WAM award for her song “Dreams".

1st November
-- Darlington Arts Festival
This year is the 51st anniversary of the Darlington Arts Festival. There will be a feature packed weekend for all the family including Art Exhibitions, non-stop entertainment on the main stage and on the grassed areas, buskers, workshops and lots of food and handicraft stalls. You can relax in the wine tent and enjoy a range of local wines, beers and ciders.
Entertainment over the 2 days includes among others: Saturday - Marcus Sturrock Music, Junkadelic Brass Band, Dancers from West Papua
Sunday - Joel Smoker, Mountain Strangers Folk Trio, Silver Tree Choir & String Ensemble, Hills Big Band, Raices Latinas Chilean Dance
http://www.darlingtonartsfestival.org/

5-26 November
-- Acoustic Candlelight Sessions @ Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach
The critically acclaimed Acoustic Candlelight Sessions return following a hugely successful first season!
Every Wednesday, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Featuring Perth’s finest musicians stripped bare revelling their natural talents, no enhancements, no amplification a chance to show off their inert skills.
A rare organic and intimate experience in celebration of local music! $10 entry. Limited tickets available, best to book! www.connectthechords.com
The season commences again in November with the following line-up:
5 November: Ajay Peni and Quentin Hadfield (with special guest Leighton Keepa)
12 November: Jeremias Sosa and Mambo Chic
19 November: Ruby May and Trevor Jalla
26 November: Joe Pule and Rose Parker

MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER
-- SUPPERCLUB
Spoken word: Kel Watkins - well known for his yarns and upbeat stage performance.
Music: Helen Townsend Up-and-coming Perth-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Helen Townsend is a little bit folk, a little bit bluegrass. But what rings through all of Helen’s songs is a sweet, sincere voice which glories in the telling of a story and injects just the right emotion into the words. www.helentownsend.co
Doors open 6.45pm. $45 includes dinner and coffee. Pre-bookings only at www.summersupperclub.com

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November
-- WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Presented by ALBANY CHORAL SOCIETY - Albany Chamber Orchestra
Featuring Faure's Requiem with excerpts from The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
Held at Albany Baptist Church, Bethel Way
Friday, November 14th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 15th at 2:30 pm
Tickets $30.00 Concession $25.00 Under 18 $15.00 Tickets available through Paperbark Shop, Albany or online www.tickets.paperbarks.com.au or at the door.

Sunday November 16
-- The Littlest Fox and Cowboy X
Get your tickets for The Littlest Fox and Cowboy X performing together at Kidigo Bar Fremantle An all ages show of great local acoustic music Tickets are limited so grab em now via the thelittlestfox.com

Friday 21st November
-- GRAND SCOTTISH CONCERT
Featuring Fiona Ross Band and Colin MacLeod from Melbourne as well as Graham Wilson, Tilt, Perth Scottish Fiddlers, Single Malt with Jane Jackson, Scott Wallace and Neil Walker (pipes) with Highland Dancers will be held at The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands on Friday 21st November to celebrate St Andrew's Day.
Cost: $25. Tickets need to be booked on the link http://carmelcharlton.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3592bd41dae4ac8f1b7fef524&id=6e3ad58fde&e=b535c25956 Tickets are limited so book early. Doors and bar open at 7.00pm Contact Jamie on 0418334513 or jamiemc1wa@gmail.com for further details

27th -29th November
-- Fred Smith
Home is what I am at last, or was, till I hit the road again last weekend to tour my new album, paradoxically, entitled “Home”. We will be launching Home around Australia this spring, and have lined up a show at the Fremantle Town Hall:
Friday 28 November - Fremantle Town Hall Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/101960
And I’ve also organised a couple of Dust of Uruzgan shows in November before and after the Fremantle show: in Mount Barker on the 27th of November and Augusta on the 29th.
We've been rehearsed the songs during sound checks on the WA Tour – Liz, me and Carl Pannuzzo on drums and piano. Liz and Carl will be with me for the Freo launch, along with Peter Grandeson on guitar, hopefully a fiddler and possibly some western spooks. Anyway, we’re planning on doing it in style.
The big WA Dust of Uruzgan odyssey ended in the Dunsborough Town Hall on a Saturday night early last month. It was an amazing journey through a big state and we met some great people. I came home after that and spent a couple of weeks reacquainting with wife and baby and before starting the tour for this new album last weekend. The Canberra launch was delightful. If you’d like to hear some of the tunes, click: http://www.fredsmith.com.au/index.php/listen
If you’d like to buy the CD, click: http://www.fredsmith.com.au/index.php/shop

Sunday 30th November 2014
-- Mick Flannery & John Spillane (IRE) Fly By Night.
Two of Cork's Finest - Australian Tour
Doors Open: 7.00pm PRESALE TICKETS: $48.50 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $50.00 (if available) tickets
Two of Cork’s finest singer-songwriters, Mick Flannery & John Spillane hit the road together this November. The pair has previously teamed up for a series of shows taking on the Marquee in Cork and Vicar Street Dublin, and will be re-uniting to bring their acclaimed show to Australia.
Mick Flannery’s latest album, “By The Rule”, shot to # 1 on the Irish charts within days of its release, and was followed by a sell-out tour of Ireland and the UK. Flannery is a refreshingly unassuming artist, whose sole focus is on his craft, song-writing. A Mick Flannery gig has a feeling of intimacy to it; his stage presence exudes no superficial gimmicks, just a man sharing his songs in an understated but powerful manner. This attribute combined with the heartfelt honesty in his lyrics has won him worthy comparisons to such great songwriters as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.
John Spillane is a multi-platinum award winning musician, and one of the most accomplished artists in Ireland today. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic. What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John. He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

MONDAY 1st DECEMBER (changed date)
-- SUPPERCLUB
Spoken word: Flora Smith
Music: The Jane Cornes Trio Come now, even supperclub organisers deserve their moment in the spotlight every now and then! Join regular hosts Jane Cornes and Flora Smith for the last supperclub of the year as they say farewell until February 2105.
You might also notice that I'm charging an extra $5 for the December event to cover festive extras, seeing as December will be our last gathering until February. At this stage, I plan to revert to our usual $45 cover charge in the new year.
Doors open 6.45pm. $50 includes dinner and coffee. Pre-bookings only at summersupperclub.com www.summersupperclub.com

6th December
-- "The Dumb Things"
A collaboration of talented musos (plus Dave Sofield) have formed The Dumb Things paying tribute to the music of Paul Kelly. We are launching the show at the Astor Lounge
Tickets are limited - available at get tickets and www.liveattheastor.com.au Don't miss this if you love PK like we do!

Saturday January 17th
-- Vin Garbutt
After a nervous wait and having to swop dates around I can finally confirm in The Fly by Night Club Saturday January 17th The Brilliant Lad from Teesside is Back Vin Garbutt
Tickets will be on sale soon Richard Collins Mobile 0422 914 568 Email: richardcollins@arach.net.au

Friday February 27th
-- Eric Bogle Fly By Night.
DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm, PRESALE TICKETS: $48.50 inc BF, DOOR TICKETS: $52.50 (if available). Ticket Sales
There is not much more that can be written about Eric Bogle other than what has already been written. After over forty years of writing great songs and performing them around the world, Eric is still putting pen to paper and adding to his already celebrated body of work.
As we, now in 2014 celebrate The Anzac Centenary, the Anzac Spirit lives on in Eric’s classic songs; ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, ‘No Man’s Land’ & ‘The Gift of Years’.
Eric’s new CD release, ‘ A Toss of the Coin’ Features a selection of new songs and will be available at his concerts in February and March 2015.
Don’t miss one of Australia’s Great Singer Songwriters who will be joined on stage by his long time Music Collaborator John Munro and Bassist Pete Titchener.
Eric, John and Pete will perform the entire Concert.
**************************** This concert will be the last concert in the present Venue as The Fly by Night Club as we have known it For the last 28 years.

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.


Mags from Colin Smiley - I have a large number of Town Criers and other folk mags that I’d like to pass on to anyone who would appreciate them, in return for a small donation to the WA Cancer Foundation. Can you please put the word out for me?
I have about 270 “Town Criers” (from 1976), 17 copies of the 1980’s Australian mag “Stringybark and Greenhide”, a few “Foc’syls”, the Bunbury folk mag and 61 Trad and Now. If anyone is interested they can call me on 9344-7813 or Mob. 040-027-5974 or email at cksmiley@amnet.net.au.
Much interesting reading and a good perspective on our changing folk scene. They should be of interest to someone! Thanks, Colin Smiley.


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