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

-- Regular Song & Spoken Word events can be found down the page.


February 25
-- WASAROO & WOMBAT STEW AUSTRALIA TOUR : GORDIE TENTREES & JAXON HALDANE
Special WAFF events: 2 workshops and a concert
Returning for the 3rd time in as many years, the pair are exploring the West on an epic 17 date tour across Western Australia!
The WAFF is proud to present Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane presenting two workshops prior to their evening concert.
Fresh off their 200 date world tour of Europe, Australia and Canada with feature performances at Celtic Connections Connections(Glasgow and The National Folk Festival (Canberra) Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane are experts on many instruments. This will be a brilliant chance to "pick their brains" and learn new techniques. Bring your instruments or just come and watch.
Workshop 1: 2 pm til 3 pm. - Slide guitar (Bottleneck)
Workshop 2: 3.30 til 4.30. - 5 string Banjo Techniques.
Doors Open at 1.30
Limited places available
Cost: $15.00 WAFF members $10.00.
Venue: Dorchester Community Hall cnr Dorchester and Dugdale st Warwick.
To reserve your place email Johndralph@hotmail.com

The Concert: WAFF are proud to present Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane in Concert.
Dancing outside the music industry box against all odds, Tentrees boasts multiple award nominations, hundreds of concerts, thousands of road miles and multiple tours with the likes of Steve Poltz, Fred Eaglesmith, and Kelly Joe Phelps.
Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane perform with 9 instruments (banjo, dobro, cigar box guitars, musical saw, acoustic guitar, porch board bass, harmonica, & mandolin), brotherly harmonies and masterful storytelling. His new record "Less is More" was the 2016 Top 20 International Canadian Album (#12), and for the second year in a row the TOP 20 (#18) International Canadian Artist for radio play on the International Folk/Roots charts.
This should be brilliant night.
Doors open at 7.30 Music starts at 8 pm
Limited spaces available
Contact John at johndralph@Hotmail.com for more info about Gordie visit: www.tentrees.ca

Monday 27th February (Monthly)
-- Supperclub
I’m pleased to announce that bookings for the first three month’s worth of Monday Supperclubs for 2017 are now open. Don’t delay! These events will sell out. Now in its fifth year, this is not-for-profit event sees all your money go to the venue and the performers.
Our first Supperclub for the year: musical act, Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane. Our spoken word act for Feb 2017, Dennis Haskell.
Monday Supper Club is semi-acoustic year-round venue providing a quality listening environment, together with a modestly-priced BYO meal. And because it's a Monday, we aim to have you out of the door and on your way by no later than 9.30pm.
Seats must be pre-purchased online, there are no door sales. You don't need to bring your ticket with you because Flora our door queen keeps a comprehensive door list.
If you want to sit with someone who has booked separately, email us a few days in advance so we can accommodate this in our seating plan.
Contact Jane if you have any difficulties or questions: mob: 0414 862 306 email: jcornes@iinet.net.au.
On 27 March it’s the turn of local songstress Helen Townsend, who will be playing tunes from her recently completed CD. Spoken word is from Kate Wilson.
On 10 April (not 24 April as per our calendar) we’ve managed to secure the elusive Desert Child (but only on the 10th on their way to the National Folk Festival, hence the date change). This is an instrumental duo with a great stage presence and amazing guitar skills. Spoken word is provided by supperclub regular Ray Penny.
Tickets are at www.summersupperclub.com

FRIDAY 3rd March 2017 (monthly)
-- HILLS FOLK CLUB
Hills Folk Club will feature English folk duo Kip Winter & Dave Wilson on Friday 3rd March. Their brilliant musicianship and intuitive vocal harmonies provide heartfelt songs which form the basis of the English folk tradition.
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. Adult Entry $7. Performers & children free.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com

-- HEMISPHERES SERIES - 3rd Concert.
I’m delighted to announce that our third concert in the HEMISPHERES SERIES at PS Art Space, Fremantle will be on Friday, March 3 and features a joyous blend of music from southern Africa performed by two fine combos: The Zagoria Trio and Village Vibe Trio. This vibrant evening’s entertainment will highlight both traditional and contemporary instruments from Zimbabwe and neighbouring regions and is a must for lovers of mbira (thumb piano), percussion and guitar… and African music.
Zagoria Trio - Guitarist, Ilan Zagoria has been immersed in the music southern African since childhood, having grown up in Harare and subsequently studying in Cape Town. He gradually absorbed the southern African guitar tradition into his driving and intricate playing, forging his own unique style. In Australia Zagoria has supported international artists such as Yothu Yindi, Blur, Zap Mama and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In this concert The Zagoria Trio, featuring bassist, Brent Purser and latin percussion specialist, Michael Boase, will perform a mix of contemporary and traditional music from Southern Africa and beyond, full of melodic and rhythmic verve that’s exciting to the ears and irresistible to the feet.
Doors are open at 7.00PM - enjoy a drink from the bar and the select music of DJ Abodo Tracks before the concert. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hemispheres-3-music-of-the-world-tickets-31705957372

3 March - 6 March (Annual)
-- Nannup Music Festival 2017
Come join us for a weekend of discovery on the banks of the Blackwood River! The streets of Nannup come alive with stalls, performances and activities over the March long weekend; it is a very special place to share a festival experience with friends and family. We have a great collection – eclection of music coming and trust that there will be new favourites found. Solos, duos, bands and buskers… Rock, Folk, Blues, Country, Reggae – Mellow, Loud, Dreamy and Danceable…a really diverse mix. And of course our Emerging Artist Award...
There will be workshops and panels on music, comedy, mental and sexual health, the environment, aerials, yoga, craft. Something for everyone to get involved!
A few changes are happening too; we have created a shady garden vibe in our Tigerville venue which will now be licensed. We are also encouraging movement to our river with an Art Trail and with a very special pop-up dinner experience. And a brighter, free stage within our food markets area.
There will also be Aerial performances at the Amphitheatre, a Beard Competition(!), our Family Fun space and possibly even a marriage or two – yep – marriage! (Let us know if you want to be wed).
All of the above and the small town atmosphere are just some of the things that together make the Nannup Music Festival a delightful weekend to share, immerse and discover...
See you in March!
More info on our website: http://nannupmusicfestival.org/
TICKET INFO: http://nannupmusicfestival.org/buytickets/
ARTISTS & PERFORMERS: http://nannupmusicfestival.org/performers/
WORKSHOPS: http://nannupmusicfestival.org/workshops/

Saturday, March 04, 2017
-- Bindoon Hall
Another opportunity to catch Winter Wilson on their Australian tour. It's also a great chance to visit Bindoon and support their great folk music culture.
Cost only $15.00 and WAFF members $10!
Bindoon? Well it's just up on the Great Northern Highway and chance to hear Winter Wilson after a great curry supper put on by the Country Women's Association. Bindoon Hall is a great venue and the Bindoon open mic night folks always ensure good sound and great company.
Call Barni 0419964909 to reserve a ticket for the concert and dinner.
They will go fast!

Tuesday 7 March 2017
-- Winter Wilson House Concert.
8:00 PM Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014.
Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said).
Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.
Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.
But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”. Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.
Get a 'taste' of Winter Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9e1RRhnfYA
Register on-line, pay online or pay at the door! Or - Please RSVP to Mags at 089 301 4890 or 04019905 or email: mandpbpurcell@gmail.com.

9th March (monthly)
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block
Fremantle Writers Block, featuring another great line up of singer- songwriters from Fremantle and beyond. It's an entire night full of great songs, plus some impromptu collaboration. https://www.facebook.com/events/
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs
No door charge
Meals available
Starts 7.30

10 March 2017
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
Winter Wilson (UK Folk Artists extraordinaire! Lovely songs to touch your life performed with heart!)
Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014. Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead.
But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!” Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.
Of course, in the great tradition of Wanneroo Folk Club, there will be musical 'surprises' aplenty on the night. Don't miss out!
Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm
$15 ($10 WAFF Members) Email: John Ralph

Sunday March 12th (Monthly)
-- Contra Dance
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.
www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra (you need to log in)
More info: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com 0422 718 220

21-24 April (Annual)
-- Fairbridge Festival
FOUR-DAY FESTIVAL IN 2017 TO CELEBRATE OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY!
The Fairbridge Festival of inspired music is back for its 25th year in 2017 with more of the music and camaraderie that patrons know and love all packaged up together in a magical weekend escape that will feed your soul.
The family-friendly camping festival features close to 100 local, national and international world, folk and roots acts of renown across multiple stages set in a beautiful rural village all just an hour south of Perth. The much-loved festival also incorporates bespoke youth and children's festivals so there really is something for everyone along with artisan markets, well-being zone, community stalls, workshops, comedy, dance and street theatre - what's not to like!
All of this just 5 km north of Pinjarra and only an hour’s drive from central Perth. Come for the day or camp for the four-day weekend!
Sign up to the festival's eNews to be sure of being notified about key dates and other great festival info: http://eepurl.com/qmVFL
Tickets for the 2017 Fairbridge Festival now on sale - go for it. Get in quick for Rivergrounds, Cosy Camping and Glamping!
http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/fairbridge-festival

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

4th of

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

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

every

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 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
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. www.horashalom.org.au

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
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

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, 10am - 12noon www.horashalom.org.au

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

SATURDAY
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

SUNDAY
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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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!

Inaugural Jungka Jungka Festival A heads-up about the inaugural Jungka Jungka Festival to be held in Norseman at Easter. This is a free event celebrating the Great Western Woodlands, the largest remaining temperate woodland on the planet.
For more details, see https://www.wilderness.org.au/events/jungkajungka-woodlands-fesitval-wa.
I've been working with the organisers about entertainment options for this. I know it's a tricky time of year, but there may be people in your circles who would be interested in a bit of performance exposure. I don't think there is any option for payment, but the camping will be free.
Could you please pass this information on to your contacts to see if anyone is interested. It will be great to get people involved at in the beginning of a festival.
Please ask them to contact me to express interest. Rob Phillips, 0416 065 054, r.phillips@iinet.net.au


Denmark Festival of Voice 2017
June 2 - 4 2017 (WA Day Long Weekend)
Performer applications for Denmark Festival of Voice 2017 close end off October.
http://denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/performers-application-2017
Don't leave it until the last minute.


Fairbridge Festival Performer expressions of interest for the 2017 Fairbridge Festival are now open.
What we’re looking for: Fairbridge Festival is, at heart, a festival that presents and nurtures folk and world music – encompassing blues, roots, soul, gospel etc. along the way. While we continue to present traditional acts, we are excited by the myriad genre-defying original music styles that have their feet in both the traditional and the innovative.
Acts/performers that can also deliver interesting workshops, themed presentations/shows, or cover more than one genre will be favourably considered.
http://fairbridgefestival.com.au
for more info

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....


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


WA Folk Federation Web Page has moved. If you have been wondering what has happened to the WAFF page then wonder no more. The new page is at www.wafolk.org.AU. re-build is well under way and you will be able to pay your membership on line as well. Over the next few weeks the page will expand with more information about the WAFF, the committee and its members. So take a look and save the new address to your favourites or replace the old one since it is now a Spamming site.

World Music in WA - WIGWAM Gig Guide www.facebook.com/wigwamgigguide
I've started a new resource to keep World Music fans up-to-date on all the multicultural events happening around WA. It's called WIGWAM Gig Guide, and is on Facebook. WIGWAM stands for World & Indigenous Guide to Western Australian Music. Kulcha may be no more, but did you know there are over 20 upcoming World Music events around Perth, Freo, and beyond? Click on "Events" in WIGWAM Gig Guide for the full list. Please "Like" and "Share" WIGWAM Gig Guide with your friends to help build a thriving multicultural music community in WA. And if you are a World Music performer, please send me details of your events for inclusion in WIGWAM Gig Guide.
Thanks, Matt Price mattprice@dodo.com.au


Musician's baggage on Qantas, Virgin etc... There has been a flurry of comments on the Ausfolk list of late which is of interest to all Musicians who need to fly around the counrty or further. Thanks to all who have contributed to this compilation, I have taken the notes and posted the relevant bits, If I have missed anything relevant please email me via the links from this page. One point to note is that you need to be a member of a nationally recognised group to recieve the benefits, Examples are APRA, Folk Alliance (FAA), WAM, MEAA/Musicians Union and probably a few others who may be affiliated.

(From Dave Hyams) For those interested in the musician's luggage issue, as discussed a few weeks back, here's the official media release from Qantas - it's not on the Qantas website, but posted online on the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) website at: http://www.wam.asn.au/Portals/0/docs/AMIN/QANTAS-MusicianAdditionalBaggageAllowance.pdf There's a phone number and two email addresses on it - and it is recommended bthat you take the letter with you for check-in.
Qantas has its carry on policy for musical instruments on its website: http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/carry-on-baggage/global/en#jump1 if your instrument is within size limits, you should be allowed to take something else on. I've not had a problem with this for a while, but then, consistency has never been Qantas' strong point! I dont believe they have ever put the extra musician's allowance for checked baggage up on their site.
(from Marina Hurly) As far as I am aware the one bag with Virgin policy has been going since May. With virgin musician baggage policy you get 3 bags with a maximum of 32 kg. Here is the procedure: 1. Join a musicians union or similar - folk alliance etc. 2. Book your flight 3. About 1 week before your flight send an email to Music@virginaustralia.com and tell them your reservation number, musician union membership no and ask for the increased allowance. They will make the changes on your booking and confirm by email. Last time I did this they even gave my bags priority and they came out first.
(from John McAuslan) In answer to all the traffic this morning on extra baggage deals for musicians, these allowances do exist but only for members of Folk Alliance (or another nationally recognised music body). This policy has been in place for over a year, our web site clearly states the procedures that should be taken if you wish to receive this allowance. Its not complicated and it does work. Marina and Chanel have it mostly correct but the policy is on the FAA web site is for Virgin. If you follow the procedure and there’s a problem, then you should let us know and I will contact the Virgin officer who looks after this stuff.


ASA at Tunesmith's Cafe Mike Cardy has announced that ASA has re-established a presence in Western Australia with Tunesmith's Cafe aligning with the ASA's Wax Lyrical. I have been appointed as the Regional Coordinator for Western Australia. The Australian Songwriters Association is Australia's pre-eminent song writing association and proudly presents the annual Australian Songwriting Contest, which this year has more than $30,000 of prizes. This song writing contest is the largest competition in the country and provides industry exposure for all finalists along with the great prizes.
The Australian Songwriters Association has a lot to offer people who create original music in Australia, from the grass roots amateur to experienced and published songwriters. Along with a whole range of services the association offers:
• A regular magazine that makes an enjoyable, informative read, and keeps members updated on various ASA Performance Opportunities, CD Reviews, Australian and International Song Contests, Industry Seminars/Forum Reviews etc. The publication also contains general information relating to Songwriting and Songwriters, and ASA members are often profiled or reviewed.
• Representation at music industry forums and seminars, to represent members. The association obtains important and relevant information to relay to ASA Songwriters, and are always seeking funding and appropriate networks to assist and unite our members with the community and the music industry in general.
• Communication with other songwriters, either on the internet or at live events in a supportive atmosphere. It creates opportunities for collaboration and networking. It also provides members with an avenue to come into contact with top songwriters and industry professionals, to assist their own growth and inspiration.
• Performance Opportunities - a nationwide network of Wax Lyrical, GAS gigs (Gigs Across Societies) where we work in with other songwriting bodies, special industry Showcases and well deserved Gala performances at our prestigious National Songwriting Contest Awards, offer many levels for our members to hone and present their work in the live environment.
• Song Feedback Service: Songwriters and Lyricists can now send in recordings of their work to the National Office of the ASA, and receive feedback from respected Music Industry professionals. This service is available all-year-round, though it can be done at the same time as entering the Australian Songwriting Contest. The price is $33 per song for members or $44 for non-members (or a single fee of $22 for Lyrics only).
ASA Membership applications are available on line through the website at - Click here to be taken to the registration form. The association is also on Facebook - go to ASA Facebook. In due course you will see the familiar ASA logo displayed at our Tunesmith's Cafe nights at Legends Bar in Attadale. I am keen to build the network of songwriters across Western Australia and across Australia. Please feel free to contact me if you know of songwriters coming to Western Australia who are looking to participate in an open mic night, or who might be travelling east and who we can refer to our colleagues in the east. I also encourage song writers to explore the Australian Song Writers Association website and consider the benefits of becoming a member. For example, getting profiled in the magazine can be a great way to get exposure across Australia to coincide with the release of a CD.
Tunesmiths Cafe (Incorporating Wax Lyrical - Australian Songwriters Association), Legends Bar, Hislop Road Attadale 7.30pm Wednesdays To book a spot - Mike Cardy - 0413 677 084 or mikecardymusic@iprimus.com.au.• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or tunesmithscafe@iinet.net.au


Musical instruments Needed "Melville Friends of Hatolia (Timor Leste) Inc is seeking pre-loved but no longer needed musical instruments for children in Hatolia. Our Friends group is working closely with a school and the teachers have asked for musical instruments so that they can include music into the children's school day. The instrument must be in working order so please no broken instruments. If you can include an instruction manual or the first book for your instrument that would be wonderful. Unfortunately any instrument that requires power is no good as electricity is unreliable in Hatolia. If you can help please email wendy.corrick@iinet.net.au. I will be able to collect if necessary."

WAM OPEN MIC GUIDE What's the best way get back on track or start your musical career? Practice your performance, then get out there and show your stuff. Let's face it, there's no experience like real experience!
Open Mic, Jam & Improvised Music Sessions are not just a fun night out - they're an important way to get involved in the music scene. Whatever your style of music, you can trial ideas and craft important performance skills. Gain experience, confidence, inspiration, feedback, advice, or find other players/writers to work with, by getting involved with your local music scene. Head to wam.asn.au/openmic for the full listing of what's happening throughout WA... you may also want to sign up to our Open Mic Mailing List too!


WELCOME WEST TV - CHANNEL 44 In our last publication, WAM reported that Perth is to be the first community station in Australia to commence digital broadcasts, with new community licensee West TV. We are now pleased to confirm that new Perth Community Digital TV Station, West TV, will commence 'test transmission' on channel 44 from Monday 15 March. Local, free to air content is anticipated to hit our screens from Saturday 10 April. Visit the West TV website at www.wtvperth.com.au - call the station on (08) 9221 5355, or email info@wtvperth.com.au

Seeking WA Music Recordings. We have started a collection of Western Australian music with the aim to collect a copy of every music recording, DVD, CD, cassette or vinyl produced in Western Australia, or recorded by Western Australian artists. The task is way beyond our budget and staffing resources, but nevertheless, has produced a collection of more than 4000 items to date. I am interested in acquiring copies of your recordings to add to the collection. We naturally would be pleased to receive a donation of your recordings, however we are also happy to purchase them if you get in touch with me for details. Antoinette Carrier, Librarian, Collection Development, State Library of Western Australia, Ph: (08) 9427 3286

DIGITAL RADIO Are you an artist or in a band and want exposure on digital radio? Radar Radio is passionate about undiscovered music, so get on it! Digital radio is a new and exciting way for listeners to tune in to current, and new, radio stations. Digital radio launched during May 2009 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth! This new technology offers digital sound quality and a stack of other enhanced features. To pick it up you'll need a digital radio receiver, or you can stream stations like Radar Radio online 24/7. Visit www.radarradio.com.au - call (02) 9375 1544 or email info@radarradio.com.au

ROYALTY LOST & FOUND Composers and songwriters, do yourself a favour and check out the list of outstanding royalty payments awaiting collection at Australia's two major licence/royalty collection agencies (there are a few well known Folk people on these lists) . If you are not registered with at least one of these organisations, and publicly perform &/or sell your own recordings of original works, you are potentially missing out on live performance &/or mechanical recording royalties! The Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) current list is available here. For more about the APRA & AMCOS, visit www.apra-amcos.com.au call (08) 9382 8299 or contact wa@apra.com.au The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) current list is available here. For more about the PPCA, visit www.ppca.com.au call (02) 8569 1100 or contact ppca.mail@ppca.com.au