Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
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as well as other lovers of acoustic music.

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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.

Friday 25th July 2014
-- Scottish Ceilidh Dance Fly By Night.
With the Heel & Toe Band
Doors Open: 7.30pm PRESALE TICKETS: $28.50 / Student Concession $23.50 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $28.50 / Student Concession $23.50 inc BF (if available) tickets
Let your hair down and come to a Scottish Ceilidh Dance, to the live music of the Heel and Toe band. No previous experience needed as all dances will be called, and they will be not too tricky, just fun! (The Gay Gordons, the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, to name a few) Comfortable shoes are recommended.
This Ceilidh is brought to you by the WA Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society (RSCDS).
If you are interested in Scottish Country dancing of a slightly more structured nature, you may wish to join one of our classes or clubs. For details visit our web site
Or contact Iain MacKenzie on 0418 171 734, email:
PLEASE NOTE: Student Concession ticket holders must provide student card at the door.

-- The Justin Walshe Folk Machine at The Buffalo Club, 54 High St. Fremantle.
After titillating unsuspecting audiences at The National Folk Festival in Canberra as The Justin Walshe Duo at Easter, Walshe unites a stripped back acoustic Folk Machine for the Fremantle launch of Small Tales Volume 1 at the suitably intimate and mysterious Fremantle Buffalo Club on Friday July 25 with special guest Victorian troubadour, Simon Marks (with Dave Johnson).
Justin Walshe and his band The Folk Machine have amassed a reputation for historical, epic, storytelling folk rock with recent performances of their unfinished opus, “The Epic Tale of Burke & Wills”. But while the band embarked upon these ambitious adventures, a humble and mischievous collection of songs sprouted in their wake from the more idiosyncratic corners of Walshe’s creative backyard.
Recorded mostly on a Sunday afternoon in his lounge room and minimally adorned with acoustic guitar, mandolin, homemade percussion and Rhyll Wilson’s close harmonies, Small Tales Volume 1 is Justin Walshe’s most raw and in some ways most effective presentation of his lyrically captivating songs to date.

26 July (ongoing series)
--the Worldly Winter Warmers
This Saturday night, July 26 at MosArts, Border Crossings, takes us on a very different journey to places further east. Eastwinds is a five-piece group of surprisingly diverse background. With members from Iran, Estonia, Japan and Australia, their music is a vibrant blend of cultural threads, where exquisite melodies, sophisticated rhythms and the vocals of a songbird will transport you to other lands and a new geography of sound. Eastwinds are joined by Raks Harissa Collective, a professional dance troupe specialising in dances from the Middle East, including bellydance and folkloric styles. They will be teaming up with the stunning talents of Egyptian drummer Hassan Youssef and his group, as well as Eastwinds, for this unique concert at MosArts.
Join us again this saturday for another thrilling night of music and dance at MosArts and, in so doing, support our endeavours to bring you the best of Western Australian world arts.
… and don’t forget to remind your friends, neighbours and distant relatives!
BORDER CROSSINGS 26 July Musical migration with Eastwinds and Raks Harissa Collective
FROM RAGAS TO BOLLYWOOD RICHES 2 August A journey through Indian sound featuring Praashekh Borkar and friends
Venue: MosArts, 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park Doors open at 6.30 Food will be available for purchase in the foyer Tickets: General Admission $20 at the door or BOOK ONLINE:
…If you miss Kulcha, don’t miss Worldly Winter Warmers – the concert series that heralds a new era of world arts in Western Australia….

26 July
-- YULETIDE IN JULY - Barn Dance in the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall
5pm-9pm Canning Road Kalamunda
The PIONEERS supported by the BLACK CHOOKS.
After the huge turn-out at the New Year's Eve Bush Dance the crew at Zig Zag Community Arts decided to do it again with another traditional family dance night, but moved indoors against the colder weather!
Traditional folk dance tunes, including lots of well-recognised aussie tunes and dances with dance callers and dance demonstrators. It's a Family evening out - sodas, tea, coffee and snacks for sale - the whole evening is a Fun Fundraiser for this year's Zig Zag Festival.
The Pioneers are: Liz & Dave Rivett and Tim Gillett The Black Chooks are just awesome, and lots of them too!

28 July
-- Supperclub
Our 28 July Supperclub will feature Our musical act is Lockout, a young, energetic quartet that was created to ring chords and bring smiles to every audience. Comprised of Ash Schofield, Ali Jamison, Mark Coso and Stefan Pugliese, Lockout aim to perform and compete at the highest level. The current BHA National Silver medalists, Lockout are ready to give your ears a musical experience you won't forget! I am also delighted to confirm that local wordsmith Mardi May has agreed to be our spoken word act.
Here's a youtube clip of Lockout:
Bookings at only 40 seats.

-- Voicebox Fremantle Fly By Night .
Doors Open: 7.00pm PRESALE TICKETS:$10.00 / $6.00 Concession inc BF DOOR TICKETS:$10.00 / $6.00 (if available)
Get warm with poetry this winter with Voicebox on Monday 28th July in the Fly Trap. Meeting on the last Monday of every month, Voicebox Fremantle is a community group of writers and poets performing their work. Guests are Dick Alderson, Kylie Stevenson and Dennis Haskell, plus 10 x 5 min open mic. Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30pm. There is a bar and tea, coffee, snacks and cake will be available for purchase please be advised The Fly By Night Musicians Club is a cash only venue.
For more information see Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email

29th July
-- Tuesday morning Show – PERTH TOWN HALL
Carmel Charlton will perform at the Tuesday Morning Show – Perth Town Hall at 11am. She always presents a lively show with lots of audience participation and includes both well known and catchy originals. Recently Carmel produced the CD “We’ll Be There” for the Country Women’s Association (WA) to celebrate their 90th birthday. The first branch of the CWA in Western Australia was formed at Nungarin on 7th July, 1924. The CD is dedicated to the Pioneers of the Country Women’s Association in W.A. and pays tribute to the many thousands of women who have extended care and hospitality to those in need over the last 90 years.
The song “We’ll be There” and Poem “Women of the West” can be heard on youtube at Profits from sale of CD go to the Country Women’s Association of WA.

Saturday 9th August 2014
-- Harry Manx Fly By Night.
Doors Open: 7.30pm PRESALE TICKETS: $48.50 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $50.00 (if available) tickets
Canadian bluesman Harry Manx returns to Australia in August, and The Fly By Night in Fremantle has booked him for one amazing show on Saturday the 9th. Joining Harry onstage will be multi-award winning keyboardist Clayton Doley.
Harry forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.
Harry played slide guitar for many years before meeting Bhatt in Rajasthan,in fact he had been living in another part of India for many years already, but he started at the beginning under Bhatt’s tutelage, unlearning most of what he knew about playing a slide instrument. He learned Eastern scales and eventually ragas, deceptively complex and regimented musical patterns that form the basis of Indian composition. Learning the voicings of Indian music is a subtle art that comes with time. Harry spent most of twelve years in India learning that. It was later on that Harry decided to explore the connection between Indian ragas and blues scales which eventually led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style.
Born on the Isle of Man, Manx immigrated to Ontario with his parents when he was a child. He started working with bands as a ‘roadie’ at age 15 and gradually worked his way up to becoming the regular sound man at the well-known El Mocambo (blues) club in Toronto. There he worked with a slew of blues legends. Harry admits that blues is still at the heart of much of his work. ‘I’ve always had one foot in the blues from those days … what I got from those artists is a groove. That’s what I’m particularly interested in is the groove, and that’s the way I play blues’.
‘I went to Europe when I was 20 and started making money as a busker,’ recalls Manx. ‘I’ve worked mostly as a musician since then, though I did some theatre work for a while. I was a one-man band with drums and cymbals for a time too. It was really a lot of fun’
Manx’s time in India has imbued his music with an intangible spiritual quality. ‘the song reveals who you are, it’s the vehicle for your message, your inspirational ideas or your story,’ explained Manx. “Like many people I’m interested in my own development as a person and that’s represented in my songs, I’m searching for truth through art and spirituality. My songs are a synthesis of everything I’ve absorbed, all my experiences and I share that. I’m glad that it means something to people.’
‘Indian music moves a person inward,’ he explains. ‘It’s traditionally used in religious ceremonies and during meditations because it puts you into this whole other place (now, here). But Western music has the ability to move you outward, into celebration and dance. There are some ragas that sound bluesy, and there are ways to bend strings while playing blues that sound Indian. I may be forcing the relationship between the two musical cultures, but I keep thinking they were made for each other. That leads me to more and more experimentation. The journey has been great so far.’
Manx is a prolific artist, releasing 12 albums in a 12 year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s ‘Great Canadian Blues Award’ in 2007. His most recent original release, ‘Om Suite Ohm’ was voted by the Montreal daily La Presse as one of only 4 CDs to watch for this in 2013. Guitar Player Magazine called it ‘his most fully realized work to date’. Blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues; adding a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves, that’s the sound that Harry lays down. It goes down easy and leaves you hungry for more.

Saturday, 9 August (ongoing tour)
-- Fred Smith – Dust of Uruzgan – Winter Theatre Tour
Fred Smith presents songs from the album Dust of Uruzgan in a show complemented by a stunning series of projected photographs from Afghanistan.
Coming to WA in August with Liz Frencham and Carl Pannuzzo (piano/drums) to play a whole range of regional venues from Exmouth Yacht Club to Esperance Civic Centre. Country Arts WA are hosting us as part of their legendary Shows on the Go program. Full details below – nothing in Perth alas but we’ll be nearby in York.
If you know people in those locations please forward them the details below, or if you are the facebooking kind please flick them this page for the tour: Facebook Dust of Uruzgan Tour
Basically I'm on a mission from God this winter to tell people around the country the Uruzgan story. Doing the rounds of the festival circuit I have met a lot of Vietnam vets who say they only felt understood in this country once John Schumann's ‘Only 19’ came out eight years after that war ended. We can do better for the current generation of returning vets. Fred’s Music:
Recent Australian Story about documentary about Fred’s work and music:
Dust of Uruzgan:’s Music: Recent Australian Story about documentary about Fred’s work and music: A review of a live performance: John Shand SMH Review Live performances and art videos of songs: Dust of Uruzgan: “A great work of art, a great suite of songs…an amazing thing if you get to see him perform it in concert” Richard Glover, Drive, ABC 702 Sydney | “Finely observed snapshots of a harsh, sad and funny reality, laced with an optimism that is probably the mark of the man…In concert he has a knack for balancing drama and humour …towering artistic achievement: truth” John Shand Sydney Morning Herald, November 2013
Tour Dates - Dust of Uruzgan Theatre Tour 2014
Western Australia with Country Arts WA
Saturday, 9 August BROOME CIVIC CENTRE
Thursday, 14 August EXMOUTH YACHT CLUB
Friday, 22 August CUE TOWN HALL
Monday 25 August YORK TOWN HALL
Tuesday, 26 August PINGELLY TOWN HALL
Thursday, 28 August HYDEN TOWN HALL
Wednesday, 3 September RAVENSTHORPE TOWN HALL
Friday, 5 September MANJIMUP TOWN HALL
Saturday, 6 September DUNSBOROUGH HALL

24 August
-- Live Like an Afghan – a talk and performance by Fred Smith, singer/songwriter/diplomat.
State Theatre, Underground Studio
In this special event, Fred Smith will share his reflections on Afghanistan from his experience of working closely with tribal leaders during the two years he spent as a diplomat and political advisor in Uruzgan province. Fred’s presentation will be coloured by projected images from Defence Force and other photographers, as well as a selection of songs including ‘Live like an Afghan’.
When: 24 August, 1pm Cost: Free, but bookings required via Web: Phone: 6488 1340 Email:

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!

10-12 October 2014
-- 2014 Nanga Music Festival Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup WA
Our Early Bird tickets are now sale. Just go to for details regarding Earlybird tickets, accommodation at the festival and catered meals. Click the link at the bottom left of the ticketing page to reserve your place.
Momentum is building here at Nanga with preparations for the 2014 Nanga Music Festival in full swing. A great lineup of artists will again be making their way to the Nanga stage from all parts of Australia. We've highlighted a few of the artists below with a full list to come your way later this month.
The Little Stevies - Steadfast sisters Beth and Byll are the heart and soul of The Little Stevies.
Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies - Lucy Wise makes a long overdue trip home, bringing with her a more intimate version of her band, the B’Gollies.
Enda Kenny Band - Enda Kenny is an Irish-born singer and songwriter living in Melbourne.
The Mae Trio - The Mae Trio brings a fresh, youthful take to Australian folk.

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.

So if you want to have your event included or if you run an open mic night or a club just send the info to the email link below in text format, it makes it a lot easier to cut and paste the info into the calendar (image and pdf files do not always allow this), if you are sending it to the WAAN weekly email drop then Cc this calender with your info as well and increase your exposure.
If you use this calendar I suggest you bookmark it in your browser for quick access. If you have a web page then please add a link to this site and I will return the favour on the cave of links.

FLY BY NIGHT FUTURE - MILITARY DRILL HALL LEASE The Fly needs your help,Hey Members & Subscribers, we need signatures to present to Parliament & get our lease renewed!! We need your actual signature, please download the form and post back to us plus fill out the online petition. Or if you are in Fremantle drop by and sign the petition at our office. And if you are a local Fremantle business and happy to help we can send you a petition package. The petition can be found online at

Vale Joe Crozier Some bad news for all of you who knew Joe Crozier from the Irish Club or the Peninsula. Joe passed away at 9.10 pm 14th June 2014. He had suffered from cancer for 8 years. He was a true gentleman who put years of work into the WA Folk Federation and the Irish Club and he will be sorely missed by many.
Details of the funeral: The funeral cortege for the late Mr Joe Crozier of Kallaroo will assemble at the East Chapel PINNAROO VALLEY Memorial Park, Whitfords Ave, Padbury on MONDAY (23.6.2014) for a Cremation Service commencing at 10.30am. No flowers by request, donations in lieu to Cancer Council of WA.

World Music in WA - WIGWAM Gig Guide
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

FLY BY NIGHT FUTURE - MILITARY DRILL HALL LEASE There's been lot of talk around town in regards to our future and our lease, so we thought we should let you all in on what's been going on here at the Fly. This is the letter we sent out today to our member database, we will be keeping everyone informed along the way.
Dear Members,
The current lease for the Military Drill Hall is due to expire in September 2014; The Fly by Night Musicians Club has been attempting to renegotiate the lease with The National Trust since June 2012. On the 15th April 2014 the Club received notification from the National Trust WA (with recommendation from their Finance and Audit Committee) that they would be advertising for Expressions of Interest regarding the new lease for the Military Drill Hall, and that the Fly by Night Musicians Club is encouraged to submit an application. In previous years the lease has been renegotiated without the threat of competing expressions of interest.
According to the National Trust, the Fly by Night Musicians Club lease expires in September 2014. However, the drafted lease document was not completely signed off until six months later indicating the lease does not actually expire until the end of February 2015. Clarification on this issue has been requested to no avail.
Currently the National Trust has advised the Club not to book acts after September 2014, or until the process is completed, which threatens the livelihood of the business. The Club’s Board of Directors have written to the National Trust to organise an urgent meeting to discuss these matters, and to reiterate that the Club has expressed its interest and desire to continue use of the Military Drill Hall as the Fly by Night Musicians Club since June 2012. It is now June 2014 and no meeting has taken place. The Club has had no discussion or explanation of future plans for the military drill hall, or any direction in reference to the EOI process.
The Club will be keeping the members and stakeholders notified of any future development, and will be informing the local and state government and opposition, of the National Trust’s current lack of transparency in regard to the management of the Military Drill Hall.
Time Line 1896 Military Drill Hall 1986 Fly by Night Musicians Club 1998 -2005 State of Western Australia (The State) Lease with Minster for Works 2005 Deed of Surrender of Lease 17 February 2005 2000 National Trust Management of Military Drill Hall 2001 – 2007 Lease Agreement with National Trust (No Expression of Interest) 2007 – 2014 Lease Agreement with National Trust (no Expression of Interest) 2007 - Fly by Night Musicians Club Commercial Lease 7 Years 12 September 2014(Not approved or signed off on by Fly Board until February 2008 or signed by the Department of Lands Minister until 20 March 2008). 2012/2013 Department of Culture and the Arts (Rental Assistance via Fly by Night to the National Trust) Notified January 2013 Funding Ending November 2013. 2014 – April Notice of Expression of Interest. 2014 – September (Advised not to book events by National Trust.)

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

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