WA Folk Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation to help promote
folk events in Western Australia.
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
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I can't get text from pics, pdf's are awkward and take extra time
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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.)

If you send your acoustic gigs to WAAN or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "CC" them to this calendar at (new anti spam email) 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.

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Thursday 15th November
-- Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
7:30PM until about 10:00PM
True North Compass Building Childcare Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa, Western Australia (parking lot entrance: Jenolan Way)
The focus of this club is sharing 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 the circle with everyone getting a chance to add a song or performance. Then learning a new song together.
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

Friday 16th November
-- Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
We start with none other than our very own Kevin Mckenna. Kevin is one of the movers and shakers of the Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues club and has been singing and playing for longer than most of us will remember. A sweet voice and an elegant well-presented finger style guitar, this bloke is the whole package.
Next up, Jamie McKinnon. Jamie has been playing in and around the folk scene for many moons. Not at the folk club for a while (many moons back was in a trad Scottish duo called “Single Malt”) Jamie is back for this, our last gig for November.
Speaking of people we haven’t seen for a while, one Phil Beck will grace our stage in the centre of the evening. Phil ha it all, humour, Pathos, romance and trad folk. Truly excellent presentation brilliant stage presence, Phil has it all.
Finally, we present a man who is arguably the best Mandolin player on the planet. Mike Compton, referred to by The New York Times as, "a new bluegrass instrumental hero." Is touring Australia now and his good mates, Blue Grass Parkway, recommended he play for us. Mike comes from Mississippi, is a Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher and advocate for the mandolin as you're ever likely to find
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

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 November 17
KIDOGO ARTHOUSE, Bathers Beach, Fremantle. @ 8pm
Multi award winning US mandolin maestro Mike Compton will be performing in concert supported by Australia’s favourite bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway at the Kidogo Arthouse on November 17. Mike is a Grammy award winning artists for his work on the sound track to “Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?” and has performed with the likes of Elvis Costello, John Hartford, the Nashville Bluegrass Band amongst others of note. Mandolin Café calls him a “mandolin icon” while the New York Times calls Compton, "a new bluegrass instrumental hero."
Mike will be sharing the stage with Bluegrass Parkway who are in their 30th year of presenting genuine traditional style bluegrass music. This will be fantastic evening of traditional music and entertainment.
Tickets available through stickytickets.com.au (search Mike Compton and Bluegrass Parkway) @ $25 or at the door $30

Sunday 18th November
-- Jackadders (Monthly 3rd Sunday)
On Sunday 18th we have a new venue for Jackadder's Music Club. It is the Community of Christ Church, cnr Lombardy and Elmwood St's, Woodlands. New start time: 2.30pm. Guest performer's "Spirit of the Streets" choir directed by Bernard Carney.
The Spirit of the Streets Choir is a not-for-profit community organisation which provides an environment where people from all walks of life and all social backgrounds can come together in song and friendship. It is a Choir where people who experience social disadvantage, isolation and often stigma because of their circumstances would otherwise not be able to enjoy the benefits of singing. Started eleven years ago by their Musical Director, popular songwriter, guitarist, entertainer Bernard Carney, the choir has been on an incredible journey,performing four times at the Perth Concert Hall, many times at the Perth Town Hall and St Georges Cathedral as well as regional Festivals such as Fairbridge, Nanga and the Voice festivals at Denmark and Dunsborough. They are indeed a busy choir. When the Spirit of the Streets Choir sing their energy and joy is infectious. Standing ovations have shown how audiences appreciate the variety of uplifting and poignant songs presented in a very personal way by this self proclaimed “rough and ready crew”. Although many members struggle with everyday life, they take a pride in singing, occasionally offering glimpses of their personal life with a raw honesty that pulls the heart strings and singing in this choir is a healing journey for many of it's members Full of fun,warm and uplifting The Spirit of the Streets Choir is a favourite wherever they perform.
Due to an increased hire cost at the new venue, entry free will be $12. Children free.
Contact Carmel for more info carmel@carmelcharlton.com or 0412777061

-- Jenny Gaunt.
Launches; left, right and centre.
COMPLETE ~ part 1
I am very pleased to invite you to my debut solo EP launch;
Sunday 18 November, 6.00 - 8.00pm
Gypsy Tapas House (cnr Queen & High St, Fremantle)
With the most delicious of food and drink, performances from Jake Hatch and Gypsy Lou, I'll have the band, it will be a celebration not to be missed and I hope to see you there! Pre-purchase to receive a discount on CD
Brand-spanking-new-single-and-video-release! Moondyne Joe: the West Australian bushranger most famous for escaping. We all like our freedom though, don't we?
This is what it's all about! Pre-order the digital album here (with an immediate download of Moondyne Joe). Love the cover image? Hey, so do I! So...I put it on a tote bag. Order one here.
Find out more at jennygaunt.com

Monday 19th 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

21st November
-- David Hyams with the Miles to Go Trio
Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle, Bathers Beach, off Mews Road, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
Multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed producer David Hyams leads his outstanding trio of musicians in versions of his Irish-inflected instrumental compositions, featuring Stuart Paterson on flute, Dan Bright on guitar and didjeridoo, and Manoli Vouyoucalos on bass.
Click here for tickets http://tix.yt/sFq

24th November
-- 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.

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

December 3rd
-- Supperclub
Hope to see you there. the link for bookings and info is: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html

Thursday 6th December
-- Scottish traditional music session
Thanks to all you wonderful people who came along to the Scottish Music Session on 8th November. We hope to see you all at the next one which lands on Thursday 6th December.
We have set up an email address for the Sessions and we’d be most grateful if you could email us directly so we can make up a Session email list and keep you abreast of any news. The address is: scottishstramash@gmail.com. We also have a facebook page, Scottish Stramash, which will be kept up to date for those on facebook.
Linda 0458 713 914 fiddle Fiona 0410 763 573 fiddle Moira 0417 948 841 keyboard

Friday 7th December, 2018
-- HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
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

7-9th December
-- Irish Club Fund Raiser Weekend
Our first night of Scottish music was a great success for both musicians and the listening crowd in fact based on that one Session, the Irish Club have asked us to help them out with their fundraising efforts! As you may be aware the Irish Club is struggling financially and so are holding a fundraising event the weekend of 7th through to 9th December. They have asked us, as a Session group, to play on Sunday 9th from 3-4pm. This will be just another Scottish Music Session and not a performance so there’s no stress! We will play our wonderful Scottish tunes and just have fun!
The Irish Club have been very kind in giving us the space up stairs for free so to show our appreciation we think it would be a lovely gesture to help them out. The price for a ticket to play in the Sunday Scottish Stramash from 3-4pm is $10.
Alternatively you can pay $20 for the weekend which would allow you to play Irish music on the Saturday from 2-5pm and (Irish music) from 2-3pm on the Sunday, (followed by our Scottish music session from 3-4pm).
It would be great if you could share this information with your friends and family so they too can support the Irish Club which retains a vital link to our Celtic cultural traditions here in Perth.
As per information on the attached poster, tickets can be bought via this link: trybooking.com/YWJZ
For any queries/issues regarding ticketing please contact: Gill Kenny on 0448 848 200 or publicity@irishclubofwa.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.

Sunday December 9th
-- 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 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra (you need to log in)
More info: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com 0422 718 220

Thursday 10th December
-- 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.

Thursday, 13 December
-- The Tartan Scottish Country Dancers
The Tartan Scottish Country Dancers would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the festive season. Our Christmas party will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, 13 December at St Stephen’s Uniting Church Hall at the corner of Kishorn and MacKenzie Roads in Applecross.
Entry is free, but we'd appreciate a small plate to share for supper. more info at: Tartan Dancers

-- The Fremantle Writers' Block (monthly, 2nd Thursday)
Starts 7.30
Now having celebrated its 3rd great year, Fremantle’s classiest singer-songwriter night continues with another stellar line up of singer-songwriters. - dont miss this night full of great songs and impromptu collaboration.
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available

Friday 14th December
-- Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Annual Wind up at WFC this month. Special Guests for the night will be The City Slickers including the banjo of Ian Simpson and the guitar for Wayne Perry. Ian has played with the best, of special note: SNACS, Hamilton Hillbies, Bluegrass Parkway and Slim Dusty. Wayne was Ian's replacement in Bluegrass Parkway and is still a BGP member and has played around the WA folk scene for many a year with his spectacular guitar work. So I guess we will get Bluegrass but with their own twist.
As is normal with the wind-up bring a plate of food to share for the tea break in the middle of proceedings.
Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm
$10 ($8 WAFF Members)
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

1-4 March 2019
-- Nannup Music Festival
Nannup Music Festival is an event that brings community together. People come from near and far to immerse in a Weekend Of Discovery.
Our 30th Birthday is for us, something to celebrate. 30 years of festivals, created by a tiny not for profit community organisation. Run by the community, for the community. This community swells over the festival, where thousands come to little Nannup for a memorable weekend of music and more.
To celebrate our 30 years we will be bringing some of the favourites back, whether from the early days like Bernard Carney and Ballpoint Penguins or from over the years, like Eric Bogle, Neil Murray and Loren Kate. We have more recent favourites returning, like Southern River Band, Bec Sandridge and Mathas. Then of course there are those to be discovered; and we will leave these for you to find...
Another celebration that we will share over our 30th Festival, is our new Home. Yes, Nannup Music Club Inc are now proud home owners. We have been fortunate to secure a loan allowing us to purchase a property within our festival site! Here we house our offices, workshop and storage space and our new 'Secret Garden' venue. It is truly wonderful having a space to work, create and call 'home'. Please pop in and see what we are creating and share in our birthday celebrations.
So, 30 years and a new home... it feels like big steps in where our dreams and visions are going and we really believe that it's the wholeheartedness of our event, its creation, its punters, supporters, performers and volunteers that together have helped us get there.
Nannup Music Festival is created and experienced in love and this is something we all share over each Labour Day long weekend. It's a weekend to come as you are, alone or with loved ones, young or old, and have fun. Listen to great music, meander along the river, eat delicious food, take part in a workshop, wander the festival stalls and the shops in town, play in the park, camp in the bush, swim in a water hole, busk on the streets; whatever you love about a weekend away, we are sure you will find in your weekend at the 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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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.

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

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