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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See the guidelines and conditions below
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.

9-11 October
-- Nanga Music Festival
Despite the winter cold, things are heating up at Nanga Central for 2015 with a glowing lineup of artists sharing the main concert stage. Have a look at the inspiring list of artists below. Artist information can also be found at our website: www.nangamusic.org.au.
Nanga Music Festival releases artist lineup!
All our Exes Live in Texas, Mal Webb and String Contingent are just some of the fabulous acts set to grace the stage at Nanga this year.
All our Exes Live in Texas - Sydneysiders, Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney, all beautiful performers in their own right, combine in fourpart folk heaven. All Our Exes deliver tunes that are clearly crafted in the context of a spontaneous, playful and utterly charming live show. With four songwriters and four unique voices, All Our Exes make music that is refreshingly different, creating a brand new type of modern folk. Fair warning: You'll need to wear your charisma sunnies or you'll walk out of the building a little bit in love.
Mal Webb -Around the world and into your brain, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff, using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. It’s a lip to lung journey through the physics, physiology and phriyolity of all the sounds a face can make. Sideways yodelling beatbox, harmonics, throat singing, uvular fluttering, advanced clapping - Mal’s like Bobby MeFerrin, Aphex Twin and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Family fun, free from facile frippery.
With just 300 tickets available, one intimate stage, an on-site canteen offering cheap meals and a line-up bursting with fine performances, workshops and open mike opportunities, Nanga is WA’s biggest little secret!
If you’ve thought about going along to the Nanga Music Festival but can’t be there for the whole weekend, a very limited number of day tickets are now on sale
Artist lineup and ticket info at www.nangamusic.org.au

Monday 12 OCTOBER
-- Supperclub
Our 12 October Supperclub act is the rather wondrous, strangely eclectic and hugely melodic Mal Webb, who travels the globe sharing his own special take on beatboxing, singing and instrument playing. A vastly original performer, Mal's show is bound to sell out fast once the fannerati beyond our supperclub email list hears he’s in town. Our support act is delightful local poet Jake Dennis.
Bookings and info via www.summersupperclub.com

MON 12 OCT - Music from Mal Webb, Words from Jake Dennis
MON 9 NOV - Music TBC, Words from our own Dennis Greene, read by wife Jo, door queen Flora and me.
MON 7 DEC - December is the month the Supperclub volunteer team gets to strut its stuff, with music from The Jane Cornes Trio and words from Flora Smith

THURSDAY 15th October
-- Irish Traditional Music Session
the Fremantle Irish Session continues in the upstairs room at the National hotel each thursday in August from 5.30-8.30pm (no door charge)...

16th of October
-- Mundaring Folk'n'Blues
This month we have a huge line-up! First up is Marcus Sturrock, one of the most genius Jazz, Blues, pickin’ and just about everything else guitarists you are likely to see. Marcus has been over east for a while, and is soon to return. One of the members of all of the magic Hills Musicians by whom we are so spoiled, I ran into him at the Chidlow (where we were bidding farewell to another Hills Musician!) and he wanted the last spot I had, and with a great deal of joy, I gave it.
Serendipity also greeted my second spot. It turns out that none other than Craig Sinclair was in town, for Nanga, as it happens, and asked if there was room at the club. Craig was with us earlier this year, with his band Pepperjack, but is coming up solo this gig. One of the most accomplished musical talents and a regular at the club, Craig is now based in Albany, so his appearances are somewhat rare in this town these days. Make the most of this one.
In the middle of all this is Rupert John. Rupert has been playing for us since as long as I can remember and is a favourite with audiences, has a million version of Crazy Love, puts together bunches of old and new songs in interesting and delightful ways. He often cruises into the club an astonishing array of some of the best and brightest of the local talent, bringing a virtual musical tour-de-force to our stage.
Finally a new band, made up of people who have been in the scene for quite a while, Twisted Herring. I first heard this band several months ago at the Wanneroo Folk Club and I was blown away. They are a 5 piece ensemble playing traditional folk on mandolin, guitar, whistle and an array of violins. They have played at festivals and concerts all over, and we now get them at the club. Every time I hear about the concerts they do it is from people raving about “how good guys are”. I am seriously looking forward to seeing them again.
A group of the usual suspects will be in attendance. The fully stocked bar, the tasty meals, the tables, the chairs, our genius soundman of course and the friendly crowd. As always we can be found at the Mundaring Sporting Club in Coolgardie St Mundaring. The music starts at 7.30, the doors are open from 6.45. And I will see you there,

Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th October
-- Gidgestock Music Festival
is an annual fundraising event which will take place on a beautiful 50 acre property in Gidgegannup. The inaugural festival is on Saturday/Sunday 17/18th October from 11am Saturday (bush camping available) and will raise funds for new premises for Kalamunda Community Radio.
You can also visit out Facebook page www.facebook.com/gidgestock and tick ‘get Notifications’ from the ‘like’ dropdown menu to keep informed of updates in the lead-up to the festival. We’re publishing a piece on each of the performers - 2 per day, which started last week. Please share these on your own Facebook Pages and invite all your friends!
Entry is by a minimum donation of $35pp and bookings are open on Bookings: www.trybooking.com/157934

Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Avenue, Woodlands 1pm
The WAFF Annual General Meeting will be held just preceding Jackadder's Folk Club in Woodlands. At the meeting you will get the chance to nominate and elect officers for the WAFF Executive Committee, help guide WAFF future directions, advise WAFF on managing its finances, and aid WAFF to mature as an organization. You will also get free admission to the show at Jackadder's which follows the AGM. JACKADDER'S MUSIC CLUB, WANNEROO FOLK CLUB, AND THE NEW MUSIC VENUE AT INNALOO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB ARE EVENTS ALL RUN UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE WEST AUSTRALIAN FOLK FEDERATION.
(Please note that only WAFF financial members can vote on any decisions.)

Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Avenue, Woodlands 3pm
Once again a great line-up of performers for October 18 with a mix of blues and folk.
GUEST PERFORMERS - Mike Cardy and Bob Grigoroff. Mike Cardy is a Perth songwriter who has lived in WA all of his life. He refers to his music as “Urban Blues” – observations of life and the things we find in the city. Through the use of a range of guitars, tunings and different playing styles Mike delivers a unique range of material that can be sombre, reflective, enlightening – and sometimes heart-warming. Mike’s long-time collaborator and accomplished lead guitarist, Bob Grigoroff, has a long history in the music. Bob and Mike have been friends and musical allies for two decades. They have an innate understanding of each other’s playing. Bob plays a distinctive style of blues that complements and adds wonderful depth and colour to Mike’s playing and songs.
Also on the program will be BOB RUMMERY. Bob has been researching some of WA's goldfields history and literature for about 30 years. Some of the material has been used in presentations at festivals or passed on to others working in the same areas. He has collected a lot of verse from several goldfields poets - he published a selection from Tom "Crosscut" Wilson - and has set some verse to music. Some of these songs have been recorded by local band Loaded Dog and on the east coast by Jason and Chloe Roweth. He has composed many traditional dance tunes and enjoys finding out what sort of tunes are hidden in his button accordion. He recently recorded his first solo album 'The Man With the Concertina."
Cost: Adults $8 Children free. For details contact carmel@carmelcharlton.com or 0412777061

Friday 23rd October
-- Innaloo Folk n Blues
Innaloo Sportsmans club ,75 Birdwood Ave. Innaloo.
Music Starts at 8.pm Admission $10.00 (WAFF members and Concessions $8.00)
Bar and food available.
The Littlest Fox. CD Launch.
The Littlest Fox's earthly acoustic tones and enchanting harmonies bring to life stories of Australia. Described by the Fairbridge Folk Festival as being "risingstars of the local indie-folk-pop scene", The Littlest Fox havebeen credited for their absorbing vocal harmonies and story telling through music. Embracing their heritage, Ashlea Reale and Jenny Gaunt have brought to life forgotten tale of shipwrecks, bush rangers, prison breaks and home grown heroes. With a handful ofinstruments under their belt, including cello, biscuit tin banjo and cajon, the girls always give a passionate, intimate performance with endearing stage banter to leave you feeling like old friends. The music of the Littlest Fox captures the soul and imagination of these two songwriters,showcasing stories and events from Australian history. From true recollections of events like Pinjarra Massacre to fictional tales of what it might have been like to be Ned Kelly’s girl, the duo have brought local history to the forefront of the contemporary music scene. Since recording their first album, Paper Aeroplane, in 2011, The Littlest Fox have released three full length albums, an EP, two music vides and toured across Australia,Their Lates CD ‘Through the Dark ‘will be released in October.
For more info email John at johndralph@hotmail.com

Sunday October 25th
-- Spirits & Spooks
Perth Town Hall, 3-5pm.
Don’t miss this uplifting, fun afternoon of serious and seriously silly songs with the ever popular Spirit of the Streets Choir and the Hilarious “dark knights of song “ the Spooky Men of the West
Tickets $25 ($20 conc) from www.trybooking.com/137031
Any enquiries please call Joanne on 0407 195 555 or Lorraine 0414 406 816

-- Perth Morris Men
will be performing at The Zig Zag Festival from 2:30 to 3:15 PM Stirk Park Kalamunda
As always we are on the lookout for new dancers. Any enquiries please contact Steve Mansfield on 0400 731 049 or via email squire@perthmorrismen.org

Doors Open: 8.00pm PRESALE TICKETS: $50
The Sizzling Sounds of Swing
Guitarist Hank Marvin has achieved legendary status the world over. From his early days with “The Shadows”, through to his forays into everything from rock n roll to swing and gypsy jazz, his technical skill, precision and rhythmic integrity brings us music that invades the soul. Marvin’s quartet ‘Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz’ features virtuoso accordionist Nunzio Mondia, stand out rhythm guitarist Gary Taylor and the talented guest bassist Pete Jeavons.
Nunzio Mondia accordionist/pianist, astounding and talented musician who has added flair and genius to many of Marvins top charting albums. Nunzio has worked with artists such as Michael Crawford, Demis Roussos, Shirley Bassey, WA Symphony Orchestra, Hugh Jackman and wide range of New Zealand and Australian talent.
Gary Taylor, an accomplished guitarist and highly skilled bassman in his own right compliments Hanks distinctive and unique sound. Gary has played as a session musician globally as well as being the founder alongside Peter Frampton in the popular and successful group “The Herd” back in the late sixties.
Pete Jeavons, this in – demand Western Australian bass player recorded with the band on tracks of the groups debut album “Django Castle” ranked high on the US Jazz Charts in 2014.

12th November
-- The 'Writers Block' coming to Clancys Fremantle
The Fremantle Writers Block is a new monthly singer-songwriter showcase proudly supported by Clancys Fishpub, Fremantle. With 6 artists from Fremantle and beyond performing in a round robin style, it's a whole night full of great songs, plus some impromptu collaboration.
Starting on Thursday October 8th then continuing on the second Thursday of the month, the inaugural show will feature some of WA's best - Fremantle's Rose Parker, Kimberley up and comer John Bennett on the eve of his Australian tour, China Doll's Karin Page, the Kill Devil Hills Brendon Humphries, country gal Belle Harvey, and hosting (and providing a bit of back up where needed) is David Hyams.
The night promises an interesting and varied mix of songs with the theme of "Out of Town" Starts 7.30pm. No door charge.

Friday 13th November
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
Dorchester community Hall Cnr of Dorchester and Dugdale st Warwick.
Music Starts at 8 Admission $10.00 and $8.00 for WAFF Members/Conc.
For more info email John at johndralph@hotmail.com

Saturday February 20th
-- Vin Garbutt Fly By Night.
After having to cancel his 2015 Australian Tour due to ill health, Vin Garbutt returns for a tour of Australia in February 2016.
Vin is one of Britains busiest and much loved performers with many fans here in Australia. Vin will perform on Saturday February 20th in the new Fly by Night Club in Fremantle's Victoria Hall.
Vin will be supported by special guest Peter Bugden and tickets will go on sale soon watch this space.
Early bird tickets at the reduced price of $35 (normal price $41.80) only 75 at this price, Reserve yours now by contacting Richard Collins Mob 0422 914 568 or by email at richardcollins@arach.net.au

3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend)
-- Denmark Festival of Voice
The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open.
BUT close in 6 weeks time!!! (end of October)
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
Please do not leave it to the last minute to complete your application - we do not want you or us to miss out!

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


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: brief@iprimus.com.au



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&wattle@iinet.net.au 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: 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
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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Denmark Festival of Voice 3 - 5 June 2016 (WA Day long Weekend) The Denmark Festival of Voice 2016 Performer Applications are now open.
BUT close in 6 weeks time!!! (end of October)
Click here to be taken to the online Performer Application form
Please do not leave it to the last minute to complete your application - we do not want you or us to miss out!

Come All Ye.... To the GRAND OLD WAFF AGM To be held at 1pm just before Carmel’s usual 2pm JACKADDER Folk Club session on SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2015 AT JACKADDER LAKE RESERVE ROSEWOOD AVENUE, WOODLANDS WA 6018.

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)

Jenny Donovan (Arntzen) is very unwell I wish to pass on news from Jenny Donovan (Arnzten) – who ran Jenny’s Place folk club (I remember it well and also her fantastic voice and guitar playing plus her choir directing) for many years before moving over east. Jenny has just undergone a serious operation to remove a large cancerous tumour on one of her kidneys. She is hoping that it has not spread. Jenny would like our thoughts and prayers. If you know of any old ‘folkies’ can you please pass this message on. It's what Jenny wants. For those of you who'd like to wish her well, this is her email address: Jennifer.Donovan@usq.edu.au

PETER ELLIS TRIBUTE This week we have lost a friend and legend in the world of Australian concertina dance music, with the death of Peter Ellis after a very short illness. Those of you who got to our Concertina Convergence Concert at the National Folk Festival were lucky to catch Peter doing a wonderful act of demonstrating, in his inimitable way, the use of the concertina as a one-instrument, old-time dance band. As well as pumping out those lovely old tunes, he showed the technique of forcefully ‘swinging’ the concertina vertically or horizontally to accentuate parts of a tune and make the sound travel in interesting ways. Peter contributed enormously to this year’s ‘National’ in his usual busy festival schedule of workshops, concerts, dances, and sessions, but sadly, just weeks after the festival, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Not only was Peter a legend in playing dance music on concertina, but also in inspiring and encouraging others, by generously sharing music and dance in so many ways. He loved dancing, and was a sought-after dance caller, and with his fascination for music history, a collector, researcher and thorough acknowledger of old tunes, songs and dances, as well as a producer of dance music books and recordings, and coordinator of dance bands, singer of interesting old songs, ....and the list goes on....and on. In fact, Peter was a veritable walking, talking, playing, dancing and singing encyclopaedia of Australia’s social dance history. He was a generous contributor at the Bush Traditions gatherings and dance weekends in NSW, as well as many events in his home State of Victoria.
Peter’s concertina was a force to be reckoned with in those mighty sessions, but he was always one of nature’s gentlemen. The Victorian folk music world, we of the Concertina Convergence, and the wider world of Australian social/bush music and dance will sadly miss him, but we’ll always remember his smile and infectious enthusiasm at the joys of sharing music, dance and song, and a good story or two.
VALE Peter.

The Calendar is transitioning back to the WAFF (under new management). We 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 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 www.wafolk.org.AU. 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.

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