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
then please consider joining the WA Folk Federation

Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your acoustic event
and passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
If you have a web site please add a link from yours to ours.

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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All information is correct to the best of my knowledge at time of uploading.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied )
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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 at folk@waolk.iinet.net.au 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.

Friday 6th May
Featuring the indomitable man from Cork, Sean Roche. This will be a great night & your chance to catch Sean before he returns to Ireland. Phil Beck will be another special guest. Also Phil Gray with his talented son Joshua – direct from his acclaimed appearances at Fairbridge Festival.
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 paulinekevin@bigpond.com

Saturday 7 May
-- The Jane Cornes Collective High Tea
1:30-3:30 Pagoda Ballroom, 112 Melville Parade
Treat your special mum in your life to a traditional High Tea of seets & savouries, speciality teas & coffe, plus live entertainment from The Jane Cornes Collective
Proceeds support women & children escaping family violence.
Tickets $60 Booking essential from www.starickhightea.eventbrite.com.au Enquiries: 04 1794 0112
It’s a great way to honour the mum in your life and raise money for a worthy cause.

May 9th
-- Fremantle Shanty Club (Hosted by The Lost Quays)
2nd (or first) Monday of each month (Always the night before the 2nd Tuesday of each month)
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle 7:30pm - 9:30pm FREE
Shanty Club Ahoy! Get yourself down to Clancy's Fremantle and blast the barnacles off your vocal cords at Shanty Club, hosted by The Lost Quays. Everyone is welcome! We all love listening to music and participating is even MORE fun. You don't have to be a "singer" as warbling, croaking, muttering and mumbling are all encouraged. Entry is FREE upon purchase of a pint of Clancy's best.
Contact Name Ashley Schipp ph 64684331 | mob 0456034198 | email schippahoy@hotmail.com | web www.thelostquays.com

Thursday May 12
-- The Fremantle Writers Block A gigfull of songs
Clancy's, Fremantle, Cantonment St. 7:30pm, free entry
The next writers block coming up on May 12 has another great line up with Eastern staters Enda Kenny and Dave O'Neill on the bill. Also Helen Shanahan, Jane Cornes, David Mercy, Nicky Sandover & David Hyams. The theme this month is Time..

Sat 13 MAY
-- Wanneroo Folk Club.
Featuring Enda Kenny and Dave O,Neil.
Enda Kenny is an Irish-Born songwriter who has made his home in Melbourne, Australia since the late 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with festival audiences all over Australia and are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. Proud to sing of where he lives rather than where he left, he continues to grow his international audience with recent trips to Germany, UK, NZ and Canada.
After a decade of juggling performance with a career in Public Housing, the release of Heart Tattoo allowed a return to full-time music in 2013 and Enda has toured with superb multi-instrumentalist Dave O'Neill since last year. Dave is a former Artistic Director of Australia's National Folk Festival and spent a decade on the road with Eric Bogle Band. From their very first appearance together at Newstead Live Festival it was clear that Kenny & O'Neill have a musical alliance that will continue to amaze and engage every audience they play to. Long time bassist Sandy Brady completes the line up when festival commitments allow.
As usual we have a couple of floor singers.
Dorchester Hall, cnr Dorchester & Dugdale, Warwick.
Doors open 7:30pm for an 8pm start. entry $10 ($8 for WAFF Members)

-- Dawn Barrington
15:00 · Golden Hill Steiner School
I'm going to be launching my Album which was recently released at the Nannup Music Festival. Each song tell's it's own story in my usual folky format and there will be a few choruses to sing along too. It's going to be just me playing and singing my songs and maybe 1 or 2 of my favourite covers but I'll also be sharing the story of how I got so crazily involved in all things musical at this later stage in my life. There will be cake and coffee available and if you want a sneaky drink i'm sure it will be ok to byo. It's a gold coin entry to help pay towards the hire of the hall.
contact: Dawn on 0466 307 817 dawnindenmark@gmail.com

-- Americana Australiana Natalie D-Napoleon
Perth friends, what are you doing on Saturday, May 14th? How about we grab fish and chips and a beer or two at Clancy's in Freo? Richard Lane and Cathi Olivieri will be helping me out with my tunes, new and old, on the night. Justin Walshe (duo) will be adding the "Australiana" to the bill...

Saturday 14th May
-- Eastwinds in concert
St John's Anglican Church, St John's Square, central Fremantle
Join Freo's favourite world-fusion quintet and recent WAM award winners for a musical journey from Persia to Scandinavia.
An improvisational adventure in the glorious surrounds of St John's.
Details to come, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eastwindsmusic/ or online at www.eastwindsmusic.com

16 May
-- Supperclub
Supperclub musical act is Enda Kenny, who is known for his carefully-crafted lyrics and engaging Irish humour. Enda will be in Perth with accomplished guitarist Dave O’Neill, who will perform with him at supperclub.
Our spoken word act is Amanda Joy, who has just won the Australian Book Review 2016 Peter Porter Poetry Prize – one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry.
Tix are now on sale at www.summersupperclub.com

20th May
Perth Concert Hall 7:30 pm
Join eight diverse choirs for an evening of vibrant song, to see how singing changes lives and improves health and well-being.
Something magical happens when people sing together and everyone is beating on the same pulse. Experience the magic, as eight diverse choirs unite in an evening of vibrant, uplifting song that is guaranteed to have the audience on their feet and singing along.
Pass the Song Along is a song written by Bernard Carney to unite people in song. The song has been set on a journey and will culminate in this finale Sing for Health week concert, which will be filmed live in the making of a documentary about the health benefits of singing.
The Starlight Hotel Choir, Parkinsong, Harry’s Anonymous and St John of God Community Choir will join the Spirit of the Streets Choir with guest appearances from Madjitil Moorna, The Real Sing and GALS WA.
more info & tickets: http://www.perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/sing-for-health-concert

-- Mundaring Folk n Blues .
Strap yourself in folk lovers, we are going for the ride of your life. This month is a triple banger. We have THE most impressive line-up I have ever seen, possibly since the Universe began.
We start with the truly amazing sound of Twisted Herring. This five (sometimes six!) piece celtic folk ensemble has to be heard to be believed. I saw them a bit over a year ago at Wanneroo, and thought they were amazing, though they hadn’t been together that long. When they came up last year, they knocked my socks off. Absolutely astonishing. And now they are coming back!
In the middle (that’s right, three big sets with three big acts) we have none other than Enda Kenny and Dave O’Neil. Enda has a huge stage presence and songs that are witty and insightful. Some wistful, some hilarious, this is a must see act. Enda is Irish born, but is a Melbourner, so you don’t get to see him over this side much. Dave O’Neil is an internationally recognised multi-instrumentalist, who has played with everyone imaginable in the Australian music scene. Dave and Enda have been doing clubs and festivals all over this year, and it’s wonderful to welcome them to the club.
Finally, a pair of super talented young women, well known, highly respected and very much liked here at the Folk Club, Ashlea Reale and Jenny Gaunt, better known as “The Littlest Fox”. These girls are amazing to watch. Gentle humour and sweet harmonies delivering tales of shipwrecks, bush rangers, prison breaks and home grown heroes. We love them, you will too!
The show is, of course, at the Mundaring Sporting Club, in Coolgardie St, Mundaring. The doors open at 6:45 and the Music starts at 7.30 pm.
The date is Friday the 20th of May, there will food available and a fully stocked bar. It is definitely first in best dressed!! See you then. Take Care people, and keep Friday (20th) on your mind! Hit us up on the website http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

Saturday 21 May 2016.
-- Contra dance! .
at St Margaret's Church Hall (Nedlands) 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
Live music from American fiddler Amanda Fisher, and WA's finest musicians. Calling from Steven Janowiecki.
Beginners and all ages welcome! No partner or experience needed.
Bring a water bottle, wear light clothes and comfortable shoes.
5pm - burgers/salad ($5) 6:30pm - dance ($5 - under 18 free) 9:30pm - last waltz

Doors open at 7pm and Dancing from 7.30 to 10.30pm. Tickets are $25.00 and include tea and coffee. BYO
York Town Hall, Avon Terrace, York.
Fiddlestix is a seven-piece line-up including caller Greg Hastings, founder of The Mucky Duck Bush Band with Jimmy Nunn (lead guitar/vocals), Maurice Archenoul (guitar/banjo/vocals), Tim Gillett (bass guitar/vocals), John “Froggie” Parkinson (fiddle), Pete Lambert (fiddle/mandolin), and Leigh Carmichael (Percussion). This will be an entertaining night of quality music and dance. The event is a fund-raiser for The York Society (established since 1968 for historic and cultural pursuits).
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION AND BOOKING: York Community Resource Centre. PHONE: 9641 2328, E-Mail crcreception@westnet.com.au or 89 Avon Terrace, York.

Saturday 28 May 2016
-- Urban Folk Day
On 28 May 2016 we will have our first ever Urban Folk Day (UFD). click here to see the poster
So, what is an UFD? It will be an event at the cross-roads of culture – a celebration of where we came from and where we are going. The UFD will showcase folk and traditional musicians and artists from the Perth metro area for a full day of fun and learning. Of course, some of your favorite performers will be there...
10 am until 10:30 pm Wanneroo Showgrounds
A day of folk music and art, both old and new
FREE entry to the day events 10 am until 5:30 pm; $20 ($15 conc) for the evening show featuring FLING, one of WA’s premier Celtic bands
Daytime featuring:
The Littlest Fox, Loaded Dog ,Sparrow, David Mercy Twisted Herring, Carmel Charlton, The Rambling Bilbies, Passions Fruit, and Many More
The Perth Morris Dancers, The Mad Tatters The Fair Maids of Perth.
Eco Faeries, Travelling in the Bush with Greg Hastings, Balloon Magic. Bouncy Castle.
Squeezebox Corner, Songwriting and More TBA.
Bush Poetry
Blackboard Concert.
Food Stalls.
7.30 9.30 Fling In Concert (admission $20.00 WAFF and Conc $15.00)
Tickets on the door or available from the WAFF UFD website
For info about the WA Folk Federation go to or if you would like to volunteer to work in some capacity at the event, or would like to give a small tax deductible donation.... please visit:
WWW.WAFOLK.ORG.AU and go to the Urban Fold Day button.
Thanks to the Wanneroo City Council and Lottery west for their Support.

-- The Justin Walshe Folk Machine and support from Rory Faithfeild.
Fly By Night Saturday 28th May Doors open: 7.30pm $15.00 inc B.F.
In conjunction with the Fremantle Heritage Festival.
Mixing the best elements of folk, bluegrass, and Americana into a uniquely Folk Machine sound, filtered through the dead dry arid Western Australian sense of humour, which is at the absolute core of their work, the Folk Machine is a heaving acoustic storm of bluegrass instruments spun round impeccable storytelling. Their third album, Small Tales Vol. 2 was released to a sold out room in Fremantle in Feb 2016 and has already received rave reviews including 4/5 stars from Themusic.com: “each song is a killer, packed with gorgeous, effortless melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a mood that's seriously immersive.” They’ve played festivals all around the country, received national airplay and critical acclaim for their last two albums, been nominated for numerous WAMi awards and are considered to have one of the best live shows around.
Rory Faithfield is now a resident of South Western Australia after many years based in Ireland and currently promoting his 5th album 'Southern Cross Northern Skies'. Performing solo with acoustic guitar, harmonicas and a loop station, Rory has mesmerised audiences and critics alike. Bruce Elder stated, "Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note

3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend)
-- Denmark Festival of Voice
Denmark Festival of Voice (3-5 June 2016) tickets are now on sale!
The heart of the Festival is its choirs and the magic that happens when people sing together. We're delighted to welcome back a number of Festival favourites including the Men of the West (formerly Spooky....) and Vocal Evolution (hot tip: watch out for their dance while singing workshop!). Rachel Hore will again lead this year’s Big Sing.
It's a very great honour to be hosting two special guest choirs The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and Australia's first inclusive choir Poco Tutti – who come complete with ensemble The Sisters of Invention.
This year we also welcome early choral music specialists The Giovanni Consort.
Other headline acts include the return of one of last year’s Festival favourites: Mongolian Throat Singer Bukhu Ganburged, but this time with his whole band Equus. Other 'Voices of the World' will also feature this year with South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai, fresh from WOMAD, as well as Fado singer Carolina Cordeiro.
The spoken word program includes sharp-hitting performer Candy Royalle, Abe Nouk (check out his 'my apology') and hip-hop rapper Mathas. The very popular story-telling tent will feature again with a jam-packed program led by the wonderful interfaith/social justice story-teller Donna Jacobs Sife.
Many other acts grace the Festival, who join the community of choirs, acapella voices, writers and bards along with 23 acts from the Festival's home town of Denmark.
Come be part of the Festival for the weekend. Immerse in the beauty and power of the human voice and the joy of community.
Tickets can be purchased from the website, at the Denmark Arts office (Tue/Thur), at the Denmark Visitor's Centre and the Denmark Community Resource Centre.
http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au | http://www.facebook.com/denmarkfestivalofvoice | http://www.instagram.com/denmarkarts (hashtag #dfov)

17-19 June
-- Writing weekend
If you’ve always wanted to write creatively but never made time, or yearn to write songs or poetry, you might like to consider joining me for a weekend of writing workshops at the Nanga Bush Camp, near Dwellingup.
My techniques are aimed at getting you writing with more texture, colour and energy, and these can be applied to your work regardless of whether you’re a writer of prose, non-fiction, poetry or song.
We’ll also have apres-dinner open mike opportunities for those who enjoy such things. Oh, and fab local performance poet Kate Wilson will be there with me, offering her expertise on writing for spoken word performance.
Details at my website - www.juicecreativeretreats.com/nanga

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

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues

4th of

Innaloo Folk'n'Blues contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com


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


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: Fortnightly 7 - 9pm rose&wattle@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024
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

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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-- Vale Ray Downes
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Ray died yesterday evening at Cockermouth Cottage Hospital, England. He died with great peace and dignity. His son, Jason, his brother, Roger and grandson Calum were by his side. Fruneral arrangements to be confirmed. (reported on Facebook his Morning)
Ray has left some great memories in Perth over a very long time and will be missed by a huge number of people.

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

YOUNG SONGWRITER GRANT Are you writing your own songs and aged between 14-25? Nanga Music Festival invites you to record two originals on your phone and apply for our Young Songwriter Grant. If you are selected you will receive free weekend festival access, accommodation, mentoring with one of Nanga’s booked artists and a chance to showcase your material on the main stage. Applying is easy - visit www.nangamusic.org.au/youth

Denmark Festival of Voice: 2016 3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend) The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open!!
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
See the website for photos from the 2015 festival
Connect with us:
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/denmarkfestivalofvoice
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/denmarkarts (hashtag #dfov)

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.

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."

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

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

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

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 mmmperth@gmail.com for more info. I also book bands on Wednesdays and Saturdays at The Swan Lounge if that is more your type of thing, feel free to email me about those bookings also. Thanks, Steve" Let me know if there is any other info you need to know. 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 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