WA Folk Music
and Dance Calendar

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This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation to help promote
folk events in Western Australia.
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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.)

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22nd March-25th March (on tour)
-- Vikki Thorn (The Waifs)
Debut Australian Solo Tour
Vikki Thorn will tour Australia for the very first time in March this year, fronting her own Trio along with Heath Cullen and long term ‘The Waifs’ bassist Ben Franz.
After 25 years of singing and touring as one third of ‘The Waifs’, Vikki Thorn found her own voice deep in the canyons of Utah. Known for her powerful vocals and blues harp playing, she is a dynamic & passionate performer who has sung with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Kelly, John Butler and Missy Higgins.
Now with her feet on stone and hands in the dirt, her new collection of songs portrays the humor and heartbreak of life just south of Hell’s Backbone. It’s from this harsh and beautiful landscape that she draws her inspiration. It’s a long way from the fishing camps of Western Australia where she was raised and she sings about them too.
Themes of movement, motherhood & motocross weave through country blues, slightly side stepping away from the folk format of The Waifs to indulge in her passion for old R&B. Her voice can swing and roll or radiate the intimate warmth of the morning’s first cuppa, inviting you to sit at the kitchen table while she sings about life in the wild places.
She caught up with ABC Radio this month, for an hour long interview covering influences, and the history of her musical career for My Sound Track – listen here.
Catch Vikki Thorn and her trio playing her first headline shows around Australia this March. Tickets for all shows on sale now
Thurs 22nd March Clancy’s Dunsborough WA
Fri 23rd March The River Hotel Margaret River WA
Sat 24th March Nannup Town Hall Nannup WA
Sun 25th March Kalyenup Studio, Albany
Tickets on sale from www.thewaifs.com

March 24
-- Harry Manx (CANADA)
Across Australia March - April 2018
“Harry’s real skill lays in creating a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force”. Downbeat
Canadian Harry Manx has been one of the most successful international touring musicians ever to grace stages in Australia. He will be returning in 2018 to perform at Port Fairy Folk Festival , The Blue Mountains Music Festival and Byron Bluesfest as well as side shows in Sydney ,Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. This deeply original multi-instrumentalist has entertained audiences in more than 10 extensive tours since 2001.
The explanation is simple. Harry’s created his own genre, often referred to as the ‘Mystissippi Blues’. His mesmerizing sound is an organic fusion of eastern musical traditions with the Blues. The result is an expressive, moving and unforgettable new world. Read More.
DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm PRE SALE TICKETS: $49.50 inc B.F.

-- Fiddlestix Bush Band Dance .
hosted by Voice of the Avon 101.3 FM York Town Hall,
Greg Hastings will guide you through the dances. Have a great night. Doors open at 7 am, Dance from 7.30 to 10.30 pm
BYO, $30 per person
On line bookings: www.trybooking.com/TSVD or on the night. Enquiries to Chris 0417 965 504

-- Black Rabbit George with Mossy Fogg (solo) .
at Clancy's
If you’ve ever seen Tijuana Cartel then you’ll know just how good a guitarist Paul George is – and he’s even better now having spent some weeks last year honing his skills at a flamenco school in southern Spain. His side project, Black Rabbit George, illustrates the virtuosity of his playing but also highlights his song-writing and vocals. It’s dark folk/country/blues that ranges from deceptively simple songs to driving beats and mesmerising tunes. It’s been an exciting year for the band with appearances at several major Australian festivals including Spendour in the Grass and airplay on Triple J.
He is joined by fiddler Phoebe Corke whose sublime playing adds layers of pathos and joy; local favourite Duncan Strachan will be doing his thing on bass while Jimmy Winwood shows his drumming mastery.
We are lucky to have another great act joining the Black Rabbit at Clancy’s: Mossy Fogg (solo). This will be a night of brilliant songwriting and deep voices with some dark twists and some pretty fancy playing.

March 25th (twice monthly)
-- Matildas Music Club
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.

Monday 26th March
-- Monday Supperclub
supperclub features one of our favourite female performers, Helen Shanahan, who will perform her beautiful originals with backing vocals provided by her husband, Matt Allan.
Our spoken word act for March is local performance poet Christine Della Vedova.
Tix and info at www.summersupperclub.com
Monday Supper Club is a not-for-profit event created and hosted by Jane Cornes Maclean. It offers a showcase of fine, independent musicians and wordsmiths. If you plan on coming along, yippee and please read the bit bottom right about it being a listening event. Booked performers are fed and paid a modest fee. Any money left over goes into the kitty to subsidise less well-attended events and an annual holiday to Bali for the organisers. Joke. If sufficient tickets are sold, organisers and volunteers (Jane, Flora and Neil) also eat for free. Otherwise, they pay for their own meals.
If you'd like to be notified as new events are announced, please join our email list. Tickets to the club must be booked and paid for online in advance via the link above. There are no door sales.

Saturday 31 March • 7.30pm
-- Music for Peace Music from the Early Baroque
Presented by Denmark Baroque Inc.
CHOIR & ORCHESTRA: Musicians from Denmark & beyond, Directed by Dr. Georg Corall
Saturday 31 March • 7.30pm
Easter Sunday 1 April • 3.30pm
Denmark Uniting Church • 83 South Coast Highway
Tickets $25 • including a complimentary glass of wine.
Available from Morrison’s Newsagency, South Coast Highway

Friday April 6th, 2018
Fremantle Workers Club
Powerhouse acoustic duo, multi-instrumentalists and sublime song-writers CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS perform their one-and-only WA show on their 2018 Australian tour. Their first time back in WA in over 5 years. This will be the final performance for this tour. A rare opportunity not to be missed. Past headliners at both Fairbridge and Nannup Festivals. Port Fairy Festival 2018 Artists of the Year and former winners and multiple nominees for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo on their twelfth tour down under.
About Chris While and Julie Matthews - With 22 years of unrivalled musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, English Singer/Songwriters, Chris While and Julie Matthews return to their beloved Australia which has become their second home. Last year saw them playing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Folk Awards with Boo Hewerdine, John McCusker and Kris Drever and later in the year they toured with all female supergroup 'Daphnes Flight' after a 21 year gap bringing audiences to tears and to their feet.
Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the top of their game. They bring with them their latest studio album, 'Shoulder to Shoulder' which has attracted much media attention and rave reviews. Doors and bar open 6.30pm Show 8.00pm
Read more at http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/chris-while-and-julie-matthews/102561#Yql4JApGSGsd3PHW.99
Facebook Event: Chris While and Julie Matthews: only WA Show
Bookings: Presale: $25 (plus Moshtix booking fee)
Door Sales $30.00
Further Inquiries: Ros Barnes 0412050979 rosbarnes@iinet.net.au

-- HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly)
Features Sean Roche, the indomitable fella from Cork and his mates Phil Beck & Pete Bugden, meeting up with fellow festival performer Barry Skipsey from Alice Springs.
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

Sunday April 8th (confirm with the contact)(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

-- Matildas Music Club
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.

10th April (check the date)(monthly)
at 19:30
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.
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160

13th April 2018 (Monthly)
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
Yes the famous Wanneroo Sing-a-Round is back for another chance for people to play a couple of songs "in the round" (yes only 2 songs each to allow everyone to get a go). This format has been going gang busters the last few times we have done it so get in early. If you don't sing, play an instrument or recite poetry just come and enjoy the craic.
$5 ($3 WAFF Members)
Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday 15th April (Monthly)
-- Jackadders (Check with their contact)
We've just had notice that this may be the last Jackadder's in Woodlands because from April the City of Stirling are closing us down in favour of a sporting group who want to use the hall after their game.
Venue: unknown at this stage
Cost: $8 Adults – Children free
Time: 3pm For more info call Carmel 0412777061

19th April
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block (monthly)
The Fremantle Writers Block is back on thurs with another great line up along with regular host and MC David Hyams - dont miss this night full of great songs and impromptu collaboration
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available
Starts 7.30

Friday 20th April (Monthly)
-- Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (check with their web site)
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 7.00. Mundaring Sporting Club in Coolgardie Street Mundaring.
Check out the website – http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

Friday 20 – Sun 22 April
-- Fairbridge Festival 2018
Fairbridge Village, South Western Highway, Pinjarra
Fairbridge Festival returns on 20¬–22 April 2018 with over 80 hand-picked acts from around Australia and the world. The Festival, which has been a ‘must have’ on the WA music calendar for 25 years, will again bring the best in folk, world and roots music to WA audiences.
Artistic Director Rod Vervest says of this year’s Festival: "The 2018 Fairbridge Festival program is quite simply the most standout one to date. Featuring hand-picked artists from recent international showcases and festivals, it contains many exclusive and highly-awarded acts that are flying directly into Western Australia to perform just for us! It is definitely a one-off experience you shouldn't miss".
This year’s program includes:
• The incredible Sheelanagig (UK) bring a rare tour de force in Euro-gypsy-ska fusion
• The Lost Brothers (IRE) showcase remarkable harmonies and synchronised guitars
• Perch Creek (VIC, AUS) ¬– zany siblings returning to Fairbridge in 2018 with even crazier dance moves
• Mama Kin Spender (WA, AUS) unveiling brooding guitars, drums and harmonies all illuminated by a chorus of singers
• Trio the Ganglions (UK) bring unique upbeat math pop punk about science, feminism and feelings
• Cara (DE, SCT) deliver unique and innovative twists on Scottish and Irish traditional music
• The extraordinary indigenous artist Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) (WA, AUS) brings desert blues
• Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (CAN) transform tradition with vigour, curiosity and high energy rhythms.
• Local singer songwriter Carla Geneve (WA, AUS) swings from honest folk to blasting rock
• Indian Eye (IND, AUS) present a mass choir and ensemble of Indian Classical singers and musicians
More artists to be released along with the full program soon.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of Fairbridge Village in Pinjarra, this three-day festival offers so much more than music. "There are few festivals anywhere that you can truly ‘live-in’. The woodland setting of historic buildings, avenues of colourful markets and mouth-watering food stalls all bound together with amazing live music wafting through the trees, is a genuinely enchanting experience” says Rod. “Artists and punters mix freely in bars, on the street and in informal jam sessions creating a vibe that has become cherished by tens of thousands of Western Australians over 25 years. Fairbridge Festival really does remind you of everything that is good in people and good in the world".
Tickets for Fairbridge Festival go on sale Monday 15 January through Moshtix. TICKET PRICES:
Early Bird prices available from 7am, 15 Jan – 9pm, 11 Feb
SAVE up to 12% on camping and up to 15% on regular tickets with Early Bird Prices.
Three day Festival with camping from $465 for 4 people
Festival tickets without camping from $160 for adults
Single day tickets from $70, Evening tickets $55

23 April
-- Supperclub
Also a quick heads up that we have acclaimed UK folk act The Lost Brothers playing for us on 23 April. I keep mentally pinching myself that an act of this calibre would come and play at our humble little supperclub for peanuts, but of course that’s the whole point of supperclub: the celebration of quality, lyric-driven music with no doof doof and no earplugs required. (Not, I hasten to add, the peanuts bit) Here’s a recent live clip of them if you need persuading.
A reminder that supperclub is a not for profit event that has been going for five years now. Neil our tech, Flora the door queen and I get a free meal if we get enough bookings, otherwise we pay our own way :)
Bookings and info, as usual, at www.summersupperclub.com

1 - 4 June (WA Day long weekend)
-- Denmark Festival of Voice
It is also our pleasure to introduce to you some of our beloved choirs that will be involved in this year's Denmark Festival of Voice.
Koondarm is a young adults choir with focus on Noongar culture and language. Their purpose is to respectfully expose and encourage local language and come together to enjoy song. In doing so, creating a richer understanding of each others background, culture and lives. The concept of being a choir/voice band is continually evolving as they introduce instrumental elements and explore other musical collaborations. Since their inception last year, Koondarm have enjoyed sharing special connections and had many incredible experiences and look forward to more over the Festival weekend.
For more information about this choir visit: https://www.facebook.com/Koondarm-Choir-202171600167722/
Joining us again will be The Men of the West (formerly known as The Spooky Men of the West) are a dark, behatted behemoth of blokes, singing anything from Georgian table songs to “improbable hits”. This mysterious male voice choir from Perth Western Australia first appeared at the Fairbridge festival in 2005. Since then they have materialised at many times and places, mainly in the general vicinity Fremantle, but also in regional WA and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015. In their musical “oeuvre” the Men if the West valiantly attempt to redefine the predicament of the modern man while attempting to scale the peaks of pointless grandeur, magnificent manhomery, and poignant pathos. Led by director Ryan Morrison, much of the material is original songs from the zany hand of Stephen Taberner, founder of the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and includes crowd favourites like “Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool”.
To listen to or watch a video of the choir visit: http://menofthewest.com.au/video/
For more information about this choir visit: http://www.menofthewest.com.au
Creating a warm, sensitive and safe environment to encourage members to express the joy and beauty of music and voice; Madjitil Moorna aim to generate healing within community through the vibrations of their harmonious songs. The group promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait language songs and compositions by Indigenous artists from around Australia with a clear focus on increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait membership at every opportunity. Embracing reconciliation through the multicultural blend of their members; Madjitil Moorna love to share the joy of singing with Aboriginal communities and country towns.
To watch a video of the choir visit: https://youtu.be/pD_hCA4WY28 For more information about this choir visit: https://www.madjitilmoorna.org.au
The Working Voices choir has been singing songs about social justice, working people and the environment since forming in 1989. Nearly 30 years on and they carry on the tradition singing at May Day in Fremantle and at rallies and other events around Perth. They also love singing at Festivals around WA including our very own Denmark Festival of Voice. We very much look forward to seeing The Working Voices choir once again this year.
For more information about this choir visit: http://www.workingvoiceschoir.org.au No Rechoirments are an acapella choir that tackles all sorts of music - from Tallis to Gospel to Sea Shanty's. The Perth group made their debut in Dunsborough and are excited to bring their unique flavour to Denmark. This group enjoy helping people to find and nurture their secret (or not-so-secret) desire to sing... and enjoy a good pun or five on the way. No Rechoirments look forward to sharing the joy of music and song at this year's festival and are excited to experience performances by other groups over the weekend.
To listen to the choir's songs visit: https://soundcloud.com/norechoirments For more information about this choir visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570786809641248/about/
Albany’s newest vocal ensemble Bird on a Wire has hatched from the successful Safety in Numbers Choir led by musical director, Teresa Hughes. The group sings a varied repertoire including contemporary, soul, world music as well as madrigals in four-part harmony. The songs feature arrangements in both a’capellla and piano accompaniment settings.
To watch a video of this choir visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM21pvylGWU&feature=youtu.be
Also conducted by Teresa Hughes, The Lelebirds is a 12 piece Ukulele band based in Albany WA. The birds play a varied repertoire of covers including blues, jazz, country and swing, with rhythm and lead ukulele, bass, percussion and gorgeous vocal harmonies. The Lelebirds bring a sense of humour and fun to their performances and entertain folks in and around Albany and Denmark at cafe gigs and community events. To watch a video of this choir visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFK30bIXgw
More festival info at: http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/

1-4 March 2019
-- 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 group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Souleiado French Dance Group, Children after school, Nedlands, (08)63890767
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 7-10 pm Jenny 9381 5235
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772

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

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 - 9pm
reefm@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024 https://www.facebook.com.roseandwattle
Perth SCDC: 8 pm Sheila Parker 9405 6825

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

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

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

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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Friends of Denmark Festival of Voice
1 - 4 June 2018 (WA Day long Weekend) We Need Your Help!
At the end of last year we received a grant from Creative Partnerships Australia called Plus 1. It’s a great honour usually reserved for much larger arts organisations however, there’s a catch! Plus 1 is a dollar for dollar matched funding grant. What this means is that there’s up to $50,000 available but only if we raise up to $50,000. We’ve spent the last few months pursuing corporate sponsors, but to date we haven’t had the success we’d hoped for. Time is not on our side as the grant expires at the end of April.
This grant has been awarded to the Denmark Festival of Voice. Success in reaching our Plus 1 target would be transformative and would give our festival budget a much-needed boost. We are proud that both our festivals support our artists and our community. As friends of Denmark Arts we’re hoping you can help us now by making a small (or large) donation to our fundraising campaign called Impact 33: Creative Denmark. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and every dollar donated before the end of April will be matched dollar for dollar by Plus 1. We aim for the Impact 33: Creative Denmark fundraising initiative to be ongoing. In future years we hope that funds raised will go towards supporting creativity throughout our community.
To donate go to: https://www.denmarkarts.com.au/tax-deductible-donations/

Fairbridge Festival 2018 Artists and performers Welcome to Fairbridge Festival 2018! We are already working hard on creating another great festival. The dates are confirmed for 20-22 April 2018. Performer expressions of interests open on 7 July 2017, and close on 15 September 2017. If you, or someone you know, can contribute something amazing, we’d love to hear about it!
Application Expressions of Interest:
Music acts and comedy
Dance displays and workshops, arts and crafts workshops, talk and panels, and participative wellness workshops
Street theatre, circus, and theatre
Further information: Maisie Glen Artist Administration artists@fairbridgefestival.com.au

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