Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

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If you wish your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:
In the following format:

Day & Date (eg. Fri 18th July):
Name of performer/concert etc:
Venue:- Short description of show (please keep it to less than 100 words (include door open & start time, cost etc.)
Contact name for info & bookings
Phone:      Email:      Web:     
Your Name for verification purposes (not publication):

I cut and paste from the email body so please don't send attachments,
I can't get text from pics, pdf's are awkward and take extra time
and some attachments can carry nasty things that I don't particularly want on my computer

(generally the emphasis of the calendar is acoustic and/or folk roots based events and news. This covers a wide range of genre such as folk, blues, world music, country, choirs and more. Placement is at the discretion of the webmaster.)
If you send your acoustic gigs to WAAN or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "CC" them to this calandar and your show will be up here within a couple of days and stay 'til the event is past, no waiting for emails to be sent out, it is online 24hr a day 7 days a week for everyone to see.

April 23rd
-- Rory McLeod from the UK
Fremantle Workers Club, 9 Henry St. 7.30pm
Tickets: $25/$20 members in advance $30 on the door Tickets from: Ticketbooth or Fremantle Workers Club Enquiries:; 9335 1840;
Rory McLeod, popular singer-songwriter from the UK is a fantastic live performer: a one man soul band, once seen never forgotten. You will be blown away by his energy, his unique style of singing, the depth and meaningful of his songs and stories and the fact that he can sing, dance and play more than one instrument at the same time. Rory’s truly unique performance style includes using tap shoes, a cappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, and whatever else he can get his hands on!

-- Kimo Hussey, Sam Lemann & the Blue Leis & AJ Leonard. .
Kidogo Arthouse (Bathers Beach) Fremantle. (Limited seating) Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Bar facilities avail. NO BYO
Hawiian Ukulele Legend - Kimo Hussey and Friends
Bather’s Beach in Fremantle is going to sound like Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, when Kimo Hussey (Hawaii), Sam (Melb) and Lucy Lemann, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands (Melb) take to the stage at the Kidogo Arthouse for a house concert. It’s going to be a cool night of hot ukulele music (
Bookings : Kidogo Arthouse PH : 0401 333309 or WEB :

Thursday 24th April
-- The Justin Walshe Duo at The Victoria Park Centre
The Justin Walshe Duo are excited as an aspirin in a coke bottle to be heading to The National Folk Festival this weekend. To celebrate we're also releasing an EP of some of our favourite tunes from the Duo show entitled Small Tales Vol. 1. at The Victoria Park Centre for the Arts 7pm on Thursday 24th April, $10 tickets at the Door. You can stream and download it from our Bandcamp site or hold out for a hard copy at the show. .

Anzac Day 2014 Friday 25th April
-- Red Dog Country Music Festival
Terry Bennetts new CD launch of "MATESHIP" with his "BAND OF MATES" featuring Evan Platschinda, award winning Victorian balladeer, Ginger Cox, multi award winner guitarist from Broome, and special guests: Kate Hindle, Kate Linke, Billy Higgenson, Vicki Lee, Mark Donohoe plus more. BYO low camping chairs, drinks and nibbles. Tea, coffee and sausage sizzle available. Venue: 22 Moondyne Trail, Gnangara. Friday 25th April, 3pm to 8pm. For more information contact Tickets $20.

25 April to 27 April 2014
-- Folkworld Fairbridge Festival
so make sure you mark that date in your diaries so you don’t miss out on the camping areas you want with a nice little saving to boot! Don’t worry too much about remembering the date; we will be reminding you again before then...)
Enquiries Phone: (08) 9246 3311 Email:

"The best straight bluegrass music and the best bent bluegrass music you are likely to hear". Australia's favourite bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway are joined by their Victorian pals Coolgrass for an evening of bluegrass mayhem.
Coolgrass set out to break all the rules and veer off course from the bluegrass straight and narrow presenting music from such bluegrass favourites as Mozart, Julie Andrews and Queen not to mention some Michael Jackson getting down to that hoedown beat?
If you are interested in an evening of tight instrumental performance and fantastic three and four part harmonies not to mention an extremely funny and entertaining night out then be at the Fremantle Workers Club on Monday April 28.
Tickets: $25/$20 members in advance from the Club, Bodkins Bootery, on-line from Ticketbooth or $30 on the door (if available).

Tuesday April 29th
-- Ernie Gruner– East European Jewish music workshops
Workshop one : Nigun - wordless singing (all singers welcome )
Workshop two : Klezmer - instrumental music (focus on melody players)
Tickets at door but discounts via Trybooking
Mosarts, 12-16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Information and bookings at Or

Wednesday 30 April
-- An Evening with Jane and Fay - 'Songs With Legs'
MIDLAND JUNCTION ARTS CENTRE - THEATRE Cnr Great Eastern Highway and Cale St, Midland, 6.45 - 9.00pm
Singing Workshop and great Supper (Madjitil Moorna are well loved for their suppers!) followed by a Concert. If you miss this Victorian duo with the heavenly voices at Fairbridge or you want more of these wonderful performers, please come along! Singers and non-singers welcome to watch or get involved.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre (formerly the Opera Studio) has lovely acoustics and a touch of grandeur with its restored timber panelling and high ceilings. We'll be in the theatre with tiered seating and a large workshop space also. Singers and non-singers will love Fay and Jane's beautifully warm, wise and funny lyrics and their pure and resonant voices.
Booking online is recommended. Tickets $25 and $20 concession. Spaces limited to 150.
Profits go to supporting Madjitil Moorna's preparations for the Denmark Festival of Voice. See and for great reviews.
Enquiries: Jo Randell 0409116460

Saturday 3rd May 2014
-- TLA Quartet With Hi-Jinx & Lockout
Fly By Night. Doors Open:7.00pm PRESALE TICKETS:$30.00 inc BF DOOR TICKETS:$35.00 (if available) Perth’s own national quartet champions TLA will be at the Fly By Night Musicians Club on 3 May prior to heading to Las Vegas to represent Australia on the international contest stage. This will be the quartet’s first big show since they came together in early 2013 and they are looking forward to debuting a set of all new repertoire on the night.
TLA are an a cappella quartet who specialise in the barbershop style. This past October their close-harmony credentials were confirmed when they won the gold medal at Barbershop Harmony Australia’s national quartet contest, topping a field of almost 40 groups from around the country. With that win came the invitation to compete against the top 50 quartets in the world in the ‘world series’ of barbershop harmony in July of this year in Las Vegas, USA. Are they excited? You bet!
Following their national success the guys have been hard at work expanding their repertoire in preparation for local appearances and shows in Adelaide and Sydney later in the year. They have gathered together some of their favourite songs and have been working with local and overseas arrangers to come up with new, exciting arrangements for many of them.
TLA are also very happy to be able to announce that their good friends and fellow a cappella luminaries Hi-Jinx and Lockout will be joining them at the Fly by Night as the support acts for this show. If you are a fan of vocal harmony then you’ll definitely want to be there.

-- Supperclub
supperclub has a new home! - you'll find full deets at yes it's still byo, yes its air-conditioned for summer and winter and yes, its the same price.
Ken Nicol is our musical act for 12 May. A guitarist, singer, song¬writer and pro¬ducer from Preston UK, Ken's music cov¬ers the spectrum from blues to rock, taking in folk, jazz, rag-time, bal¬lads and more along the way.
Ken was a member of the legendary Albion Band from 1997 until September 2001. In December 2002, he successfully joined forces with Steeleye Span, for eight years recording four albums with the band, ‘They Called Her Babylon’, ‘Winter’, ‘Bloody Men’ and ‘Cogs, Wheels and Lovers’. He left Steeleye in 2010.
Some samples of his solo work can be found here Our spoken word double act comprises John Ryan and Glen Phillips, incorrigible local wordsmiths with much to say about landscape and other things :) Bookings are open now at you-know-where ;)

15th - 18th May
-- Rhythmsong Music Retreat in Jarrahdale.
This is a residential, fully catered event set in the beautiful surrounds of Holiday Haven Jarrahdale. Rhythmsong provides a fabulous opportunity to become immersed in an atmosphere of music and learning for four days with outstanding tutors and guest artists. Group singing, performance and vocal skills, percussion, piano accordion, dance band, concerts, songwriting circle, early morning yoga and more....16+
Tutors will be - Kavisha Mazzella, Linsey pollok, Cathie Travers, Steve Richter and Ryan Morrison. Also we have a special youth programme which has been running for 4 years. We offer 6 full youth scholarships and half price tickets for those 21 and under.
For booking details and info on all aspects of Rhythmsong go to
Enquiries - contact Gyan 0415995121

May 16th
-- Mundaring FolknBlues
Line up for May: Andrew Ellis Kevin Chennell & Sam Blight House Band Rupert John & The Hidden

Saturday 17th May 2014
-- Bring Out The Banners 25 years of singing to change the world
Fly By Night. Doors Open: 7.00pm
PRESALE TICKETS: $20.00 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $25.00 (if available) tickets Show Starts: 7.30pm
Working Voice Choir in association with VoiceMoves (WA Inc) present: Bring Out The Banners: 25 years of singing to change the world
Join us at the Fly by Night for a joyous, uplifting, thought-provoking and inspiring evening of song, story, poetry and drama. In the words of singer/songwriter John Warner, “the power of words and music to lift the spirit, to unify the powerless in causes, to make and change relationships and to tell the story of our eternal struggle with ourselves and our environment.”
We are Working Voices – a community choir that sings songs that matter. Led by our musical Directors, Bernard and Eleanor Carney, our members come from all walks of life. Members have changed throughout the years but one thing has not changed – our passion and commitment to social justice, reconciliation, peace, environmental issues and rights to a safe workplace and decent wages.
Our 25th Anniversary is a significant event in the history of the choir. The choir was formed in 1989 as a community choir with strong labour connections. It has since morphed into a special choir which still reminds people of the history of workers’ rights but also highlights other social concerns such as social justice, peace, reconciliation and the environment.
This special night at the Fly By Night will be more than just a choir performance, this event will blend stories, visuals and songs to celebrate the power of music and song to inspire and enrich us all. |

Sunday May 18th
-- Jackadder's Music Club
Our next show will be on with "Diamond Cut" featuring Brenton Fosdike, guitar and Lindsay Evans on percussion.
‘DIAMOND CUT’ have recorded their first EP. In the show you will hear some Neil Diamond songs you know and some you may not have heard or didn't even realize he wrote,interspersed with information and stories about Neil’s life and the writing of his songs. You will also hear the amazing songs and stories of the dreamtime from Josie Boyle. Carmel will sing her song about footy called "If You Can't Beat 'em, join 'em". She has recently given a 'live' performance of the song on radio Sport 927 in Melbourne.
Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands – Time: 3:00pm Entry: $8 Adults Children Free - tickets available at door For more information contact Carmel on 0412777061 or email: .

Sunday 25th May 2014
-- The Waifs Fly By Night.
Doors Open: 8.00pm PRESALE TICKETS: $58.50 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $60.00 (if available)
The past three years of living life in different countries, hemispheres and timezones has seen touring taking a bit of a backseat for The Waifs. Individually, Donna, Vikki and Josh have been busy travelling, relocating and nesting with family, however music has always remained an essential part of every day life.
This May finds The Waifs temporarily reunited on home soil – and what better way to celebrate than with a little tour around the country. The Waifs will play a string of dates around the country, along with a special show at the Kimberley Moon Experience. They’ll be performing favourite tracks spanning their 20 year career plus a few new songs thrown in for good measure! From a journey that began in 1992, with two sisters and a friend travelling in a van playing gigs for anyone and anywhere, to half a million record sales locally and multiple ARIA awards, The Waifs have plenty of tales to tell through their music. And storytelling they do well – their trademark honesty, passion and humour shines through their musical offerings, attracting legions of fiercely loyal fans. With six studio albums to create a set list from and a long while between shows, this is a tour not to be missed.
Special guests will be announced very soon.

30th May-1st June 2014
-- Denmark Festival of Voice 2014
In 2014 the Denmark Festival of Voice celebrates its 10th anniversary, so we're planning a big one! To kick off our celebratory 10th Festival, we have launched a brand new website at
The Denmark Festival of Voice is excited to announce legendary Aboriginal artist Archie Roach will headline the Festival in 2014. In the 30 years since the release of his debut album Charcoal Lane and his milestone song Took The Children Away, Archie has become recognised as the voice of his people, and his articulate and inspiring songs have touched the hearts and minds of audiences across Australia and around the world.
Archie will be performing songs from his new album Into The Bloodstream, his first album of new work since 2007's Journey. In the three years preceding the release, the singer faced unimaginable challenges - a stroke, lung cancer and the loss of his partner in life and music, the inimitable Ruby Hunter. Finding inspiration from darkness, Into The Bloodstream has been acclaimed as his strongest album in years: “an inspirational comeback” (Mess and Noise); “another extraordinary album” (Triple R); “this is amongst his best work” (AU Review); “with each album, Roach gets better and better” (
If the album was a joyous declaration of resolve and purpose, his achievements since the release prove Archie has no intention of resting on his laurels.
Archie has toured the album to astounding acclaim, performing at major festivals and concert halls across Australia. In August, he picked up three awards (Album, Video and Album Artwork of the Year) at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) in Darwin, and was inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame.
The following month, he performed at the 2013 Deadly Awards, collecting the Album of the Year Award and the Lifetime Contribution Award for Healing the Stolen Generations and in October was nominated for the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!!
Early bird tickets are on sale now for our tenth anniversary 2014 Festival. We are expecting a sell out in 2014, so get in early to secure your tickets. Despite an expanded programme of events and activities for the 2014 Festival and some fantastic headline acts, early bird tickets are at the same prices as last year.
Ticket prices may increase after the early bird sale period, so go to the website and get your tickets before the rush!
For more info head to the website at

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October, 2014
-- Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend - presented by Livelighter.
An acoustic music weekend in the centre of Manjimup featuring The Company. The Company is coming over to WA from Brisbane especially for this event. The weekend will feature instrument workshops and a harmony-singing workshop with members of The Company. There will also be beginner workshops and you can learn to jam with Greg McGrath who teaches the Pete Wernicke Bluegrass jamcamp syllabus. There will be concert performances by The Company, a dance on Friday night, a Gospel SingOut on Sunday 5th and a chance for you to perform on the Locals & Visitors stage plus kids activities and craft and produce stalls. Entry will either be FREE or kept to a minimum. If you love making music and making friends, this is the weekend for you! And please like us on the book!

18-24 October 2014
-- Songwriting and voiceworks in beautiful Bali
A week of creativity and inspiration in rural Bali. Two daily classes with lots of free time to explore the beautiful Ubud region. Suitable for all levels of experience.
What is Juice?
Juice combines a week of inspiration, music and creativity with some much-needed timeout for self in a beautiful part of the world. The pace is gentle and supportive, with ample time between workshops to explore and enjoy the many attractions of Ubud.
What will I be doing, exactly?
Each morning with Jane, you'll explore different ways to write songs.
Every afternoon, Melbourne-based actor and voice coach Richard Lawton ( will lead the group in a joyously freeform vocal class, where you'll learn how to express yourself more fully through singing.
In between, each day you'll have around 4-5 hours to do your own thing.

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:

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact:
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues


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
3pm-5pm Jackadders -

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


Mojo's Wide open mic night hosted by Bruno 0424 606 437 Bruno and the crew

Fibbers Folk Club, Fibber Magee's Tavern, 8.30pm (Joff Davies 9221 1599, email:



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


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
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 7.30 - 9.30pm rose& Karen 0439 844 024
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,
Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group: , 7.45 pm. Isobel Eaton 9304 5114
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 7.15 - 9.15p.m. Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month) Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049
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, 10a.m. - 12 noon Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am

Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 9a.m. All levels, Jenni 9242 4807 or Sara 9335 2042
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly "Hop" 1st Sat monthly

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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The Calendar is an independantly run page. it is not sponsored or supported by the WA Folk Federation. We will still continue to support all acoustic music in all forms. As such we will continue to provide this service to the Acoustic Music performers and lovers of acoustic music in WA and beyond.

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KULCHA TO CLOSE After 30 years of promoting culturally diverse artists in Western Australia, the award-winning Multicultural Arts of Western Australia Inc (trading as Kulcha) will wind up its operations in early 2014 due to challenges in maintaining sustainable income levels.
A state-wide service provider of multicultural arts events and activities, Kulcha won the WA Office of Multicultural Interests' 2013 Community Service Excellence award, and also the State and National 2012 Australian Business Arts Foundation Regional Partnership award.
President Jon Strachan said, "Being good at what you do is not sufficient to guarantee a future in the Arts in WA. The rising costs of running an arts business and the lack of support for our multicultural artists from the State Government, means that after 30 years Kulcha is no longer able to survive".
All upcoming events will now be cancelled effective immediately, including Kulcha's nationally broadcast Oz Concert 2014 production during Harmony Week in March 2014.
"This is a very sad outcome for our multicultural community in WA," Kulcha CEO Jon Cope said. "According to the 2011 Census, WA is now one of the most multicultural states in Australia. Sharing diverse arts and cultural experiences connects our multicultural population in WA and builds stronger cultural respect, social cohesion and prosperity for all West Australians," he said.
The Kulcha Board cites a comparatively low core funding base from the Department of Culture and the Arts, plus a lack of support from the Office of Multicultural Interests, combined with the current contraction of the State economy resulting in reduced sponsorship opportunities and philanthropic support, as the prime reasons for Kulcha's difficulty in maintaining its operational budget requirements and managing its debt reduction strategies.
In January, the State Government declined to assist Kulcha financially to achieve its recapitalisation target of $150,000-$200,000 in a proposal considered by John Day MLA, Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts. The Office of Multicultural Interests has also declined to support Kulcha's grant applications in 2013.
For further information about Kulcha, go to

Traditional Social Dance Assoc of Victoria annual Dance Composer's Competition Could you please help us get the message out that this year we have decided to link our TSDAV annual Dance Composer's Competition to the NFF's 'featured State" theme ie "WA" !
Could you pass on to Bush Bands, dance callers & dance groups, or any others over in the West, that MAY HAVE DEVISED DANCES in a traditional style, that we are seeking entries for our 2014 Competition (closing 1st March)
Judging will again be at the National FF (Easter Weekend in Canberra).
There is lots more info on our TSDAV website @
Entries to be received by the 1st March 2014 by the TSDAV, email: OR post: c/o 62 Wellman St., Box Hill South, VIC 3128.
It is really important for all entrants to obtain a copy of the Rules and Conditions of the competition either from below, the above email address, OR by phoning George Ansell on 03 9890 5650.

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: 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: 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 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• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or

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 I will be able to collect if necessary."

Virgin Australia gives travelling musicians a break! APRA members are now able to start taking advantage of a more musician-friendly baggage allowance thanks to a special industry deal developed between Virgin Australia and the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). The new initiative addresses the ongoing problems musicians face when travelling with musical equipment - being baggage restrictions and high excess baggage charges. We hope the new Virgin Australia baggage allowances will have a positive impact on the ability of Australian artists to tour more often and more cost effectively.
What's On Offer
Virgin Australia is now offering the music industry a baggage allowance of 32kg (across three pieces of checked baggage) for individual artists - with an additional 32kg able to be purchased in advance for just $15. This baggage allowance is available on Virgin Australia-owned and operated domestic services only and must be booked or pre-purchased at least 48 hours prior to departure. This offer applies to all new bookings and cannot be provided in retrospect, and Virgin Australia will not refund normal baggage charges already paid.
This offer is available to APRA & AMCOS members, as well as musicians who are members of other Australian music bodies. For more information on the offer and the booking process - head to the Member Benefits Section on the APRA website. (Let's hope that Qantas also come to the party)

WAM OPEN MIC GUIDE What's the best way get back on track or start your musical career? Practice your performance, then get out there and show your stuff. Let's face it, there's no experience like real experience!
Open Mic, Jam & Improvised Music Sessions are not just a fun night out - they're an important way to get involved in the music scene. Whatever your style of music, you can trial ideas and craft important performance skills. Gain experience, confidence, inspiration, feedback, advice, or find other players/writers to work with, by getting involved with your local music scene. Head to 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 - call the station on (08) 9221 5355, or email

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

NEW PERFORMER'S GUARANTEE at KULCHA in 2010 Hi everyone - we're pleased to announce that from January 2010, KULCHA will be introducing a guaranteed performance fee for gigs at the venue combined with a profit share incentive. The option to hire the venue for your own shows and take all door sales is also available. To inquire about performing at KULCHA and discuss the two options, contact our Program Manager, Alexis Courtin, on (08) 9336 4544 or email

Acoustic Gig possibilities - "Hello people, I have spots available at The Swan Lounge, North Fremantle for acoustic performers on Sundays. This is for solo performers or people from bands that want to play an acoustic show. Please get in contact with me if you are interested and I can arrange a date for you. Email for more info. I also book bands on Wednesdays and Saturdays at The Swan Lounge if that is more your type of thing, feel free to email me about those bookings also. Thanks, Steve" Let me know if there is any other info you need to know. Thanks, Steve

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

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 call (08) 9382 8299 or contact The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) current list is available here. For more about the PPCA, visit call (02) 8569 1100 or contact