PETER ELLIS TRIBUTE
This week we have lost a friend and legend in the world of Australian concertina dance music, with the death of Peter Ellis after a very short illness. Those of you who got to our Concertina Convergence Concert at the National Folk Festival were lucky to catch Peter doing a wonderful act of demonstrating, in his inimitable way, the use of the concertina as a one-instrument, old-time dance band. As well as pumping out those lovely old tunes, he showed the technique of forcefully ‘swinging’ the concertina vertically or horizontally to accentuate parts of a tune and make the sound travel in interesting ways. Peter contributed enormously to this year’s ‘National’ in his usual busy festival schedule of workshops, concerts, dances, and sessions, but sadly, just weeks after the festival, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Not only was Peter a legend in playing dance music on concertina, but also in inspiring and encouraging others, by generously sharing music and dance in so many ways. He loved dancing, and was a sought-after dance caller, and with his fascination for music history, a collector, researcher and thorough acknowledger of old tunes, songs and dances, as well as a producer of dance music books and recordings, and coordinator of dance bands, singer of interesting old songs, ....and the list goes on....and on. In fact, Peter was a veritable walking, talking, playing, dancing and singing encyclopaedia of Australia’s social dance history. He was a generous contributor at the Bush Traditions gatherings and dance weekends in NSW, as well as many events in his home State of Victoria.
Peter’s concertina was a force to be reckoned with in those mighty sessions, but he was always one of nature’s gentlemen. The Victorian folk music world, we of the Concertina Convergence, and the wider world of Australian social/bush music and dance will sadly miss him, but we’ll always remember his smile and infectious enthusiasm at the joys of sharing music, dance and song, and a good story or two.
The Calendar is transitioning back to the WAFF (under new management). We 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 and documents are notoriuos for carring viruses so may not be opened)), 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.
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. It is currently being re-built but the basics are there (by basic I mean really basic at this stage). 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.
FLY LAUNCHES CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN THROUGH POZIBLE!
The Fly by Night Musicians Club has been operating out of the iconic Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle for 28 years. Last year we lost the lease of the building. Fortunately, we've been granted a new lease at the beautiful Victoria Hall just down the road!! But... there is a heap of work to be done and, a heap of stuff to sell before we can get up and running, and as always, a heap of costs involved in the move.
Please help us by donating to our Pozible campaign!! We have memberships up for grabs with special offers for bands, fly merch, signed posters and much much more!
Thankyou in advance!
We are able to continue to open our doors as long as we have supporters. Thanks to all our supporters for a great 28 years!
How the Funds Will Be Used?
Some of the key costs include the transferal of our liquor license, the sound treatment of our new space to make it viable for bands to play, and the deconstruction and transferal to Vic Hall.
To find out more and pledge please visit
Vale Lindsay Cullen
We are sad to report the loss last week of Lindsay Cullen who died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Perth.
Lindsay was a well-known and keen performer of bluegrass music and regularly attended the Pickers Club in Fremantle.
He also was a regular at the Irish Club Tuesday evening sessions in years gone by and indulged part time in instrument making, managing to produce some very decent mandolins which he named "Bing", a nickname given him from early student days.
His job as a geologist took him to many far flung parts of the world but he always travelled with his mandolin and would usually find someone to accompany him on guitar in often quite desolate places.
Lindsay will be fondly remembered by Perth based bluegrass musicians as a genial, happy and generous person.
He was just a genuinely nice chap and the world needs more like him not less. He was only 66.
Denmark Festival of Voice Performer Applications Closing Soon
Online applications are now open for the 2015 Denmark Festival Of Voice.
We were really delighted to receive a huge number of applications in 2014 and while we would love to invite everyone, we have the hard task of picking and choosing.
Applications will be closing JANUARY 31 2015 so if you want to be selected, get on board early!
Online applications can be made here: www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com/performers
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
(Incorporating Wax Lyrical - Australian Songwriters Association),
Legends Bar, Hislop Road Attadale 7.30pm Wednesdays
To book a spot - Mike Cardy - 0413 677 084 or email@example.com.• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. I will be able to collect
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org