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
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This site is provided by
Rob from "The Rambling Bilbies"
and is updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.

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Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied )
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If you 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.

Saturday, 24 January 2015
-- Jeff's Dead EP Launch
Mojos Bar Fremantle in North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia at 20:00
Jeff's Dead brings his new work into the world. Starting with his home town show in Perth . Joining are some of the best new acts in WA. MC'd by raconteur and award winning Australian treasure, Mr Justin Walshe. Also including:
Ghetto Crystals Silver Hills The Wilds Justin Walshe Trilogy Jeff hit the scene as a young teenager over 10 years ago . He has had national airplay and supported some of the biggest perth and international acts including M. Ward, Birds of Tokyo and Abbe May. Once described as " Australia answer to Jack Black " by the then Sydney Drum Media , the enigmatic frontman has linked up with the songwriter Louis Cameron Inglis producers Jake Booker & Michael Strong to bring his new project to life. A mix of low fi country and upbeat pop ...... One of best live performers and songwriters around and the show and music is not to be missed.

-- An Evening With Tom Lanoye Fly By Night.
WA Poets Inc Presents Poetry d’Amour 2015
DOORS OPEN: 6.30pm PRESALE TICKETS: $22.00 inc BF DOOR TICKETS: $25.00 (if available) tickets
Flemish poet, novelist and performer Tom Lanoye makes his debut in Australia with his appearance at a Poetry d’Amour 2015 special event.
On Tuesday 3 February 2014 at 7pm at the Flytrap (Fly By Night Musicians Club) in Fremantle Lanoye will be performing along with local poet and editor of Poetry d’Amour 2015 Nandi Chinna. Lanoye will read from ‘Speechless’, his award winning story of this mother and the poems that made him write about war.
The performances will be preceded by an introduction and conversation with William Yeoman, book editor at The West Australian Newspapers, on subjects ranging from war and peace, to the myths and mysteries of gay love and marriage.

1-6 February
Catch your favourite subversive, satirical, comic a capella trio with a new swag of songs at Fringe World 1-6 February. The shows are at 5:30 in Casa Mondo, an air conditioned tent at the Pleasure Garden (aka Russell Square). It's the perfect way to set yourself up for a night at the Fringe! After the show, catch a bit of dinner head out to one of more 50 other shows on in central Perth later in the evening -- what about a Brief History of Western Philosophy at the Noodle Palace or John Safran's Murder in Mississippi at the Noodle Palace? Fthose more inclined to more worldly pleasures, there's Venus in Furs at the State Theatre Centre, a danced version of Bizet's Carmen at the Town Hall by the Tbilisi State Theatre, La Soiree Circus or Briefs: the Second Coming at the Pleasure Garden!
Don't delay -- start your Fringe binge with the Penguins. You know you want to! Book tickets ($17.50) now at |

Friday 6th February
-- The Hills Folk Club
The Hills Folk Club will be held at a different venue (Kalamunda Club) and then we will be back to Falls Farm as usual in March. We have been invited to join in the entertainment at Kalamunda Club which is featuring Australian Bush Poets Melanie Hall & Susan Carcary who have been brought to Perth for the Boyup Brook Festival. It will be something special following on close to Australia Day. Alan & Donna Malcolm will be playing with some of their fellow fiddlers and there may be room for some singers if you bring your instruments – we will have to see how the night pans out.
Please note there will be some small differences: Starting time will be 7pm but you can still come later if you don’t require a meal Meal: Yes, the club serves meals & drinks– Lamb Damper, salad & pavlova for $18 will be nights special -- dinner served at 6pm and needs to be ordered by ringing Kalamunda Club 92934946 Venue: Top of Kalamunda Road next to Stirk Park, Kalamunda.
This will be an exciting way to start our 2015 Hills Folk Club entertainment and we will be back to Falls Farm in March for our very special overseas guest Steve Turner. Contact Pauline Tonkin on 92916026 or

-- Monday Supperclub
Our first event for the year will be held on MONDAY 9 FEBRUARY at Dome Cafe, Maylands.
Our main act is the wonderful ENDA KENNY, a lovely man and fine singer-songwriter who hails from Melbourne.
Our poet is local wordsmith VERONICA LAKE.
Tickets can now be purchased online at

February 10
THE QUEST announces songwriting workshop dates. The popular workshops are designed to assist budding young songwriters to tap into their inner resources to write the 2015 winning song! We are delighted to welcome back award-winning songwriters ANDREW WINTON and ROLY SKENDER as facilitators; and thrilled that MATT GRESHAM is doing an exclusive workshop in Mandurah.
MANDURAH January 10 at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre facilitated by MATT GRESHAM 9:30am - 12:30pm.
Matt Gresham Andrew Winton Roly Skender
PINJARRA February 10 at Pinjarra Senior High School facilitated by ROLY SKENDER. (Open to PSHS students only. Applications administered by the school.)
PERTH METROPOLITAN AREA Facilitated by ROLY SKENDER and ANDREW WINTON. 8:30am - 12:30pm. January 31 at Zenith Music, Claremont February 14 at Zenith Music, Claremont
WHAT STUDENTS WILL GAIN Participants will learn how to hone their own tunes through a unique and creative process of discussion, performance, lyric writing and recording. Workshop places are on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets must be booked in advance online. 10-12 April 2015

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February 2015
-- Jeff MartinSolo & Acoustic
Fly By Night present a special, intimate valentine’s gift; The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin solo and acoustic. On the back of a sell-out Canadian tour with The Tea Party, Jeff Martin returns to Perth for two performances at The Astor Theatre and The Fly By Night Musicians Club.
The Fly By Night will have an exclusive allocation of cabaret style seating available to Fly members for the Fly show, providing an up close and personal experience of the show, plus a complimentary glass of champagne.
The Fly By Night will also have an exclusive allocation of general admission tickets available to Fly members at The Astor Lounge show.
Saturday 14th Fly By Night. Doors Open: 8.00pm FLY MEMBERS TICKETS:$45.00 inc BF PRESALE TICKETS:$45.00 inc BF DOOR TICKETS:$50.00 (if available)
SUNDAY 15TH at The Astor Lounge

Sunday Feb 15th & 21st
-- Raise the Roof Gospel Workshops
Hello singing lovers of the west! A happy New Year to you all. I'm heading over your way again soon and it would be great to sing with some of you in February.
This time we'll be in a rather special venue in Freo - the revamped, historic Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the whole precinct, that I hear has really come alive, and hearing the beautiful acoustics in the Kidogo Gallery. The Denmark RSL was a great venue, and we'll be using it again.
You may have heard that our two Sing the Camino tours in May this year are fully booked, in fact some Perth singers are coming to Spain with us. We've just opened another tour for August 25 - Sept 6. All the info is at
DENMARK Denmark RSL Hall Sunday Feb 15th 2-5pm $35
FREMANTLE Kidogo Arthouse Mews Rd, Bathers Beach Saturday Feb 21st 2-5pm $35 10 min walk from Freo Train Station or park at Fishing Boat Harbour or The Esplanade
See you there! Jessie Queries: | 0417 277 211

February 20-22
-- Brothers & Sisters The music of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'
Tickets are now available (and selling fast) for the 2015 Fringe World show.
Brothers & Sisters is an extravagant ensemble of 19 musicians performing the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack from the 2000 Cohen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou? at the Fringe World Festival in 2015.
As ambitious as it is entertaining, Brothers & Sisters is an unprecedented collaboration by a diverse selection of WA musicians spanning indie, folk, pop, acoustic and bluegrass genres. The common thread is a love of the great music on this special album, which has influenced every musician involved in a different way.
Audiences will be taken on a surprising aural journey through the heart of folk music. True to the diversity of the album, there will be soaring harmonies, finger-picking banjos, solemn hymns, romantic interludes and the odd fake beard.
Brothers & Sisters is a tribute to the music that helped inspire a new wave of old-time folk revival.
Get Tickets Here
for more info contact Roly Skender - 0403 330 913

Saturday 21 February 2015
-- The Big Fling Fly Farewell Concert Fly By Night Musician’s Club.
Early Bird $20 Tickets On Sale Now until 31 Dec.
Popular West Australian Celtic band Fling will reform for a special one-off ‘Big Fling’ reunion show to celebrate the Fly By Night Musician’s Club in Fremantle on Saturday 21 February 2015. The Fly By Night in Freo is soon to be moved from its iconic Army Drill Hall home for the past 28-years and to acknowledge The Fly’s massive contribution to local music, Fling are reforming for a final ‘Big Fling’ Fly Farewell concert.
One of Perth’s most successful folk acts, Fling are a powerhouse ‘Australo-Celtic’ band that play a dynamic mix of traditional Celtic tunes, popular classics and contemporary folk songs. Over a decade in the 1990’s, they played all the major folk festivals across Australia, the UK folk festival circuit, many Asian music venues from Singapore to Tokyo, and filled numerous local Irish pub sessions across the country.
“In the late 90’s, Fling were one of the few local bands that could sell-out a double Friday/Saturday night at The Fly,” said Fly By Night Club Executive Director, John Reid. “They played a big Celtic sound and had a huge following.”
The Big Fling Fly reunion show will feature the six-piece band, with Irish and Scottish pipes, concertina, whistles, fiddle, cittern, guitar, bass and drums, plus extra trad tune players, an Irish dance troupe, and a dynamic horn section on the instrumental tracks. “The Big Fling’s Celtic wall of sound is really upbeat happy music and we’re looking forward to playing together again, especially with the larger line-up,” said cittern player and singer, Jon Cope.
There are 400 Early Bird $20 tickets available before 31 December 2014 via the Fly website or 9430 5976, Presale tickets are $25 from 1 January 2015. For further information email

Friday February 27th
-- Eric Bogle with John Munro and Pete Titchener. Fly By Night.
DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm, PRESALE TICKETS: $48.50 inc BF, DOOR TICKETS: $52.50 (if available). Ticket Sales
There is not much more that can be written about Eric Bogle other than what has already been written. After over forty years of writing great songs and performing them around the world, Eric is still putting pen to paper and adding to his already celebrated body of work.
As we, now in 2014 celebrate The Anzac Centenary, the Anzac Spirit lives on in Eric’s classic songs; ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, ‘No Man’s Land’ & ‘The Gift of Years’.
Eric’s new CD release, ‘ A Toss of the Coin’ Features a selection of new songs and will be available at his concerts in February and March 2015.
Don’t miss one of Australia’s Great Singer Songwriters who will be joined on stage by his long time Music Collaborator John Munro and Bassist Pete Titchener.
Eric, John and Pete will perform the entire Concert.

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, email:
Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group: , 7.45 pm. Isobel Eaton 9304 5114
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 7.15 - 9.15p.m.

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email:
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

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

Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm
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 currently an independantly run page. We will 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 and documents are notoriuos for carring viruses so please may not be opened)), 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.

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 It is currently being re-built but the basics are there (by basic I mean really basic at this stage). 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.

Denmark Festival of Voice Performer Applications Closing Soon Online applications are now open for the 2015 Denmark Festival Of Voice. We were really delighted to receive a huge number of applications in 2014 and while we would love to invite everyone, we have the hard task of picking and choosing.
Applications will be closing JANUARY 31 2015 so if you want to be selected, get on board early! Online applications can be made here:

Mags from Colin Smiley - I have a large number of Town Criers and other folk mags that I’d like to pass on to anyone who would appreciate them, in return for a small donation to the WA Cancer Foundation. Can you please put the word out for me?
I have about 270 “Town Criers” (from 1976), 17 copies of the 1980’s Australian mag “Stringybark and Greenhide”, a few “Foc’syls”, the Bunbury folk mag and 61 Trad and Now. If anyone is interested they can call me on 9344-7813 or Mob. 040-027-5974 or email at
Much interesting reading and a good perspective on our changing folk scene. They should be of interest to someone! Thanks, Colin Smiley.

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

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